Posts Tagged ‘Orson Welles’

Heads-up re: TCM, 4/24

April 24, 2010

The New Yorker’s Richard Brody already beat me to the punch, but I’ll say it anyway: Tonight at 9 TCM is showing Orson Welles’s second feature, “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942), a film that’s notoriously unavailable on DVD here in the U.S. of A. This unavailability is, of course, an utter shame; as its title suggests, “Ambersons” is a magnificent achievement, one that boasts some of the most striking mise en scène and most awe-inspiring cinematography (courtesy of Stanley Cortez) in Welles’s singular oeuvre. While I haven’t seen the film since last summer, I recall thinking at the time that it features Joseph Cotten’s strongest, busiest performance. At a concise 88 minutes long, it also won’t interfere too severely with your Saturday night plans. It practically goes without seeing saying that this one is worth a watch, so tune in.

Heads-up re: TCM, 10/21

October 21, 2009

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.