Saturday, May 30, 2009

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Rocks! - Great Directors Festival in June! least, their programming often rocks. Not sure about their corporate policies. There is some ridiculously bad stuff on fairly frequently, but even that can sometimes be enertaining. Besides, if they only programmed great stuff, I'd never get anything done.

In June, they are having mini-festivals of great directors every day - including Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Martin Scorcese, Orson Welles, John Huston, Francois Truffaut, Akira Kurosawa and many more. Obviously, there are nights that are more exciting for me than others. And there are many great directors not represented (including, unforgivably, NO women). But it's still awesome for what it is - which is like free film school for a month. Here's the line-up:

Schedule June 2009

1 Monday - Leo McCarey and John Ford
2 Tuesday - Victor Fleming and Frank Capra
3 Wednesday - John Sturges and King Vidor
4 Thursday - Sam Wood and Ingmar Bergman
5 Friday - Carol Reed and Steven Spielberg
6 Saturday - William Wyler
7 Sunday - Michael Curtiz
8 Monday - Fritz Lang and Stanley Donen
9 Tuesday - Michael Powell and Fred Zinnemann
10 Wednesday - George Sidney and Preston Sturges
11 Thursday - John Huston and Akira Kurosawa
12 Friday - Jacques Tourneur and Woody Allen
13 Saturday - Billy Wilder
14 Sunday - Howard Hawks
15 Monday - Clarence Brown and Elia Kazan
16 Tuesday - Robert Wise and Orson Welles
17 Wednesday - Tony Richardson And William A. Wellman
18 Thursday - Jules Dassin and Francois Truffaut
19 Friday - Blake Edwards and Martin Scorcese
20 Saturday - Mervyn LeRoy
21 Sunday - Vincente Minnelli
22 Monday - Edward Dmytryk and George Stevens
23 Tuesday - Otto Preminger and Ernst Lubitsch
24 Wednesday - W.S. Van Dyke II and Stanley Kubrick
25 Thursday - Budd Boetticher and Federico Fellini
26 Friday - David Lean and Norman Jewison
27 Saturday - Alfred Hitchcock
28 Sunday - George Cukor
29 Monday - Sidney Lumet and Cecil B. DeMille
30 Tuesday - Robert Z. Leonard and Anthony Mann

For the full schedule of films - with specific titles, synopses and times - go here:

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