Heads-up re: TCM, “prepping for the Oscars” edition

The Academy Awards might be a total joke (nothing illustrates this better than 1997 Best Picture winner “Titanic,” which my roommate and I had the privilege of catching about 15 minutes of late last night—holy moly, what an awful flick), but don’t tell TCM that. Basic cable’s Cinematheque seems determined to make the most of it on our behalf. All month long TCM is hosting a “31 Days of Oscar” daily marathon-type deal, and the lineups are absolutely stacked.

Skimming through the schedule for the next week, there’s a handful o’ films I’d like to direct you toward:

-Ernst Lubitsch’s all-around silly “Ninotchka” (1939) tomorrow night at 7PM.

-Sam Fuller’s blood-spittin’ “Pickup on South Street” (1953) at 9PM on Wednesday night.

-Vincente Minnelli’s “The Band Wagon” (1953) at 1AM on Thursday morning (here’s my review of the film from when the Cinematheque screened it last semester).

-Warren Beatty’s pinko-epic “Reds” (1981) at 9PM on Friday night.

-Two William Wylers—“Jezebel” (1938) and “Roman Holiday” (1953)—at 11:15AM and 4:45PM, respectively.

-Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blowup” (1966) at 1AM on Sunday morning (praise the dawnin’, etc.).

-Preston Sturges’ “The Lady Eve” (1941) will be on at 3PM on Sunday afternoon, followed by Howard Hawks’ own Barbara Stanwyck comedy, “Ball of Fire” (1941) at 5PM.

-George Stevens’ “A Place in the Sun” (1951) at 11PM on Monday night (if you didn’t already know, the film is an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, the same novel that Eisenstein hoped to adapt during his brief stay in Hollywood).

So there you have it. A week’s worth of viewing. Good luck.

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