Monday, August 15, 2011
This Week on TCM: HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923)
Tonight is a spectacular lineup of silent films starring the great Lon Chaney-- AMAZING reference for my comic artist friends as you will see some fantastic compositions and great lighting in all of these. Plus actors in the silent era were forced to over-act and over gesture their feelings to compensate for the lack of words so you'll get some body language tips as a bonus.
Great movies for my film fan friends too. At 8 is HUNCHBACK of NOTRE DAME followed at 10 by PHANTOM OF THE OPERA which is perhaps Chaney's greatest film. If you want more THE UNHOLY THREE follows at midnight and that one is a true under-rated classic.
On Wednesday you can catch THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) at 8pm-- certainly one of Bogart's best films and one of my top three movies of all time. Followed at 10pm by SAHARA (1943) which is a gripping war story which is more drama than war so it's right up my alley. Bogie leads a tank outfit in the Africa desert and they run out of gas and soon find themselves up against a huge Nazi force. Think Alamo in World War II and you've got the gist of it.
On Saturday it's Cary Grant's Birthday so you can catch a full day of some of his greatest films. Grant might just be the most under-rated actor ever to appear in movies-- his versatility from comedy to drama to action is unprecedented and he's often dismissed as just a good looking guy. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) at 330, NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1958) at 530 and GUNGA DIN (1939) at 8pm make up a triple feature that should not be missed.
Posted by Andy Fish at 12:15 AM