Heads-up re: TCM, 4/8

Few directors from Hollywood’s historical heyday attract as much critical attention (usually in the form of admiration) as Douglas Sirk; for this reason alone you might want to set your DVR for 3AM tomorrow morning, as that’s when TCM will be showing his presumably under-seen—I’ve never even heard of it—“Slightly French” (1949). The film’s plot is described on IMDB as follows:

A cinema director who is in an emotional and professional crisis thinks that he has discovered a French star when he meets an ordinary dancer.

Sirk’s paradigmatic melodramas are notoriously funny (they greatly informed the self-consciously camp filmmakers of the 1960s and 70s) and suggestive (they served as inspiration for international iconoclasts like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pedro Almodóvar); a comedy directed by him—an apparently rare one at that—is surely a must-see.

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