Heads-up re: TCM, 10/21

I have absolutely no reservations stating how badly I think Dennis Miller sucks, but he’s TCM’s guest programmer tonight and happens to have picked a couple of truly worthwhile watches: Carol Reed’s iconic The Third Man (1949) will begin at 10:00PM, and Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941) will follow at midnight. The former is basically everything it’s classically been cracked-up to be (cutely canted camera angles, mazelike back-alleys and Orson Welles rationalizing some straight-up odious villainy); the latter is in no sense one of Hitch’s best, but at least it’s got a certain magnetism to it, as well as a surprising surplus of good-natured camp. So if you’re not bogged down with 60+ pages of writing to be completed by December, check ’em out.

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