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Classic film screenings from around the world this month include:

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sullivan’s Travels

Sullivan’s Travels

The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story

In Santa Monica, California, The American Cinematheque Aero Theatre will continue with The Cinematheque’s programme “Highballs and Screwballs” featuring a double bill of Sunset Boulevard (1950, a 35mm print) followed by Sullivan’s Travels (1941, also a 35mm print) on Friday, August 2. Another double bill in this series worth seeing is The Lady Eve (1941, a 35mm print) and Scarlet Street (1945, a digital presentation care of Kino Lorber) on Saturday, August 17.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967, a 35mm print) will be presented on Wednesday, August 14. Finally, one of cinema’s greatest artistic triumphs Tokyo Story (1953, a 35mm print) will screen Tuesday, August 20 at 1pm only.

For more information specifically on each of these programmes, click on the corresponding above image. To see the entire month of August’s programming for both The Egyptian (in Hollywood) and Aero Theatre (in Santa Monica) click on the American Cinematheque banner.


In Yokohama, Japan The Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra will present Jaws with live musical accompaniment featuring John Williams’ exciting score on Saturday, August 3.

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In London, United Kingdom The Prince Charles Cinema will present Heat (1995) Saturday, August 3, The Long Goodbye (1973) on Tuesday, August 6, To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) also on Tuesday, August 6, L.A. Confidential (1997) on Wednesday, August 7, Chinatown (1974) on Thursday, August 8, The Conversation (1974) on Tuesday, August 27. The Game (1997) also on Tuesday, August 27 and Blue Velvet (1986) on Saturday August 31. All of the film presentations will be 35mm.

Click on the respective image for more information. To see the rest of 2019’s programming, click on The Prince Charles Cinema banner above.



In theatres across the U.S. Flashback Cinema is presenting Top Gun on August 4 and 7, Big Trouble in Little China August 11 and 14, The Big Lebowski on August 18 and 21 and South Pacific August 25 and 28.

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Throughout various locations in Australia, Event Cinemas will host Hollywood Classics On the Big Screen. This month's showings will include To Catch a Thief on Monday, August 12 and Meet Me in St Louis on Monday, August 26.

For a list of the theatres hosting these films, and their complete schedule throughout the remainder of the year, click on the banner image above.

Also throughout various locations in Australia, Event Cinemas will host In The House. This month's showings will include Aliens on Monday, August 5 and Deliverance on Monday, August 19. 

For a list of the theatres hosting these films, and their complete schedule throughout the rest of the year, click on the image above.

In Los Angeles, California The Beverly Cinema will present two films starring Doris Day, Pillow Talk (1959, a 35mm print) on Wednesday, August 7 at 2pm only and the star’s excellent dramatic turn in Love Me or Leave Me (1955, also a 35mm print) on Wednesday, August 21 at 2pm only. In addition, David Fincher’s mesmerising account of San Francisco’s notorious serial killings occurring in the late 60s to early 70s, Zodiac (2007, a 35mm print) will screen Monday, August 26 at 2pm only.

For more information, including the entire month of August’s exciting programme, click on any of the above images.

In theatres across the U.S., TCM and Fathom Events are presenting Hello Dolly (as part of the film’s 50th Anniversary) on August 11 and 14 and Woodstock: The Director’s Cut (also in celebration of this film’s 50th Anniversary) on August 15.

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In Hong Kong, China The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will present Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with live musical accompaniment featuring John Williams’ sensational score on Saturday, August 31. Click on the above image for more information.

There are 19 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month:

John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye is a film I have mixed feelings about. The rather strange inhabitants of these southern Gothically-tinged surroundings may remain underdeveloped but the performances from its superbly chosen cast compensate by genuinely conveying their characters' frustrations and desires making this an engrossing film-watching experience. It is a previous TCM recommendation here, and is worth eyeing Saturday, August 3 at (early morning) 5am PST.

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Showcasing the above star’s versatility is a completely different kind of role in the wonderful Guys and Dolls, a previous TCM recommendation here. Both guys and dolls will show at TCM Saturday, August 3 at 8:30pm PST.

(From left) Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra

(From left) Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra

Next is one of the western genre's finest and another excellent pairing of star James Stewart with director Anthony Mann: The Man from Laramie.

James Stewart

James Stewart

This was the last western the duo made together and perhaps their finest. Previously they collaborated on Winchester '73, Bend of the River, The Naked Spur and The Far Country in that order. In this film, Mann's by now familiar themes of buried hostility, vengeance, familial loyalty and expectation seem developed in a more complex fashion, therefore affording the director a deeper exploration of his characters' conflicts, motives and desires. As always the situations are masterfully presented and infinitely captivating. The Man from Laramie has been previously reviewed as Top Ten Western #7 and will appear Wednesday, August 7 at 11am PST.

Following The Man from Laramie, there is another film starring James Stewart that displays that actor’s impressive versatility: the more light-hearted but still highly recommended, Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner.

James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan

James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan

Beneath an inventive situation comedy veneer, however, there is a serious underlying message concerning relationships and how concepts often get in the way of a more fulfilling union based on care and concern for one another. The Shop Around the Corner, previously praised here, will open Wednesday, August 7 at 11am PST.

Finally there’s a third TCM recommendation showcasing the incredible acting chops of James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder, one of the most authentic and enthralling courtroom dramas of all time. Previously reviewed here, the trial will begin Wednesday, August 7 at 7pm PST.

MGM's 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain was not adapted from a stage production, though the film was later turned into one, being first presented on stage in 1983. Its abundant creativity, innovation and driving energy place this film at the top of all cinematic musicals ever produced. Singin' in the Rain has been reviewed as a past Blu-ray selection here and will joyously dance its way onto TCM Saturday, August 10 at (early morning) 5am PST.

(From left) Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

(From left) Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

Despite its ridiculously hard to follow plot, this film's wildly entertaining detective yarn is worth getting up for. Previously reviewed here, The Big Sleep will awaken Sunday, August 11 at 11am PST.

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Louis Jean Heydt

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Louis Jean Heydt

John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is indeed an unforgettable American treasure and a prior TCM recommendation here. Its cinematic storytelling riches can be uncovered on TCM Sunday, August 11 at 1pm PST.

Don't miss Nicholas Ray's character study In a Lonely Place with Humphrey Bogart perfectly cast as Dixon Steele whose unpredictable explosions of anger make him a prime suspect for the killing of a young ingénue. This highly probative film noir, was previously recommended here and will be delved into Sunday, August 11 at 3:15pm PST.

(From left) Humphrey Bogart, Don Hamin

(From left) Humphrey Bogart, Don Hamin

"Complaining about the far-fetched circumstances in films noir is like objecting to the lack of realism in a Picasso painting. What I mean is that lovers of these criminally rich cinematic delights oughtn’t to bother picking out the implausibilities, since it is practically a hallmark of noir's style."

I've written this before when introducing Split Second, a film noir that presented some rather unlikely occurring situations and it certainly applies to my next recommendation as well, still another airing today starring Humphrey Bogart: Dark Passage. This wildly engrossing yarn combines the best of romance with the best of noir in the best location for both: San Francisco. Previously endorsed as a Blu-Ray release here, Bogart will make his dark passage on TCM Sunday, August 11 at 9:15pm PST.

That's San Francisco's Coit Tower on top of the hill behind Bogart

That's San Francisco's Coit Tower on top of the hill behind Bogart

A few years after the theatrical premiere of Dark Passage, another not so well known film noir with murder on its mind was released, 1949’s Impact. The two films share another feature: their atmospheric use of San Francisco locations. Taking up residence in Nob Hill’s famous Brocklebank Apartments is actress Helen Walker’s Irene Williams, whose prime objective is to see her husband deader than a lug wrench. One can experience this captivating little cinematic explosive, previously reviewed here, Tuesday, August 13 at 12pm PST.

Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

Raoul Walsh's Colorado Territory is the impassioned director's artistically superior western remake of his previous film noir High Sierra. Readers can discover why I make this claim here, and for those familiar with the earlier Humphrey Bogart vehicle, decide for themselves when Colorado Territory is explored Wednesday, August 21 at 1:30pm PST.

Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea

Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea

Another highly recommended film starring Joel McCrea is Sullivan's Travels. Preston Sturges masterfully wrote and directed Sullivan's Travels, a prior Blu-ray endorsement here. The fun-filled journey will begin Wednesday, August 21 at 5pm PST.

Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake

Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake

Completing Wednesday’s Joel McCrea trifecta is Sam Peckinpah's elegiac Ride the High Country, number 4 on the list of Top Ten Westerns here and will ride into TCM territory Wednesday, August 21 at 11:15pm PST.

Randolph Scott as Gil Westrum (on the left) and Joel McCrea as Steve Judd

Randolph Scott as Gil Westrum (on the left) and Joel McCrea as Steve Judd

TCM's current monthly schedule can be confirmed by clicking on any of the above images. For those who live in parts of the U.S. other than the western region, the time zone can be adjusted in the upper right-hand corner of TCM's programme.

(To be continued…) A.G.

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In this clip from the 1985 BBC documentary series In at the Deep End (1982-87), the great British actor and notorious hellraiser Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 - May 2, 1999) teaches broadcaster Paul Heiney about acting (for the latter’s subsequent role as an evil German mercenary in the 1985 film Water starring Michael Caine) in what appears to be Reed’s home, at the time this was filmed. Even though Reed’s initial instructions spark some hilarious reactions between the two, there might actually be some useful information here that could seriously benefit less experienced actors. When the lesson comes to an abrupt end because of Reed’s frustration, notice he cannot help but grin as he throws the young man out of his house. That levity and the camera still being present would indicate this entire episode was purposely staged for humorous effect, which if so, it surely achieved.

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Capturing a Golden Moment #22: Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

 

Director: John Sturges

 

Scene: "Getting chilli"

This famous scene is spotlighted because it packs as much of a wallop as the beating dished out here by our hero John J. Macreedy (played with his customary thorough commitment by the legendary Spencer Tracy). Doubters of the one-armed man’s fighting method’s effectiveness (including at first, the star himself) might be surprised to know that a Marine instructor who saw the footage after completion told Tracy the karate blow if intentionally carried out, would have killed his adversary. Trivia buffs might also be aware of Tracy’s Oscar nomination for Best Actor in this film being denied a win by the same year’s competing performance by Ernest Borgnine (here playing Coley Trimble) in Marty. Finally, here’s a Trivia Question: As of this date, who is the only cast member of Bad Day at Black Rock still alive?

Bad Day at Black Rock is available on Blu-ray here:

Bad Day at Black Rock [Blu-ray]
Starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan