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Classic film screenings from around the world this month include:


In theatres across the U.S., TCM and Fathom Events are presenting Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Sunday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 4, El Norte (1983, in celebration of this film’s 35th Anniversary, restored by The Academy Film Archive) Sunday, September 15, Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979, the theatrical cut, celebrating this film’s 40th Anniversary) Sunday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 18 and The Shawshank Redemption (1994, celebrating the film’s 25th Anniversary) on Sunday, September 22, Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25.

Click on the respective image for more information. To see the next few month’s schedule, click on The Fathom Events banner above.

Throughout various locations in Australia, Event Cinemas will host Hollywood Classics On the Big Screen. This month's showings will include The Italian Job (1969) Monday, September 2, The Maltese Falcon (1941) Monday, September 16 and Death on the Nile (1978) on Monday, September 23.

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 The Castle (1997) Monday, September 2, Forrest Gump (1994) Monday, September 9, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Monday, September 23 and Highlander (1986) on Monday, September 30.  

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 The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, a 35mm print) on Wednesday, September 4 at 2pm only, Reservoir Dogs (1992, a 35mm print) on Saturday, September 7 at 11:59pm only, Possessed (1947, a 35mm print) Wednesday, September 11 at 2pm only, The Narrow Margin (1952, a 35mm print) Wednesday, September 18 at 2pm only and Criss Cross (1949, a 35mm print) on Wednesday, September 25 at 2pm only.

Click on the respective image for more information. To see the rest of September’s schedule, click on The Beverly Cinema banner above.



Quai des Orfèvres

Quai des Orfèvres

The Sleeping Car Murder (Compartiment Tueurs)

The Sleeping Car Murder (Compartiment Tueurs)

Panique

Panique

Non Coupable (Not Guilty)

Non Coupable (Not Guilty)

Putney Swope

Putney Swope

In Santa Monica, California, The American Cinematheque Aero Theatre is presenting The Cinematheque’s programme “The French Had a Name for It 5”. Highlights include a double bill of Quai des Orfèvres (1947) followed by The Sleeping Car Murder (1965, Compartiment Tueurs) on Thursday, September 5. Another double bill in this series worth seeing is Panique (1946) and Non Coupable (1947, Not Guilty) on Sunday, September 8. All films are in French with English Subtitles.

Putney Swope (1969, a 4k digital restoration) will be presented on Wednesday, September 18.

For more information specifically on each of these programmes, click on the corresponding above image. To see the entire month of September’s programming (not to mention the other films in the “The French Had a Name for It” series) for both The Egyptian (in Hollywood) and Aero Theatre (in Santa Monica) click on the American Cinematheque banner.

Noir City will take place in Chicago, Illinois from September 6-12. Highlights will include 1949’s Trapped, the latest restoration project of the Film Noir Foundation. FNF president Eddie Muller will host the opening weekend, September 6-8 and FNF board member Alan K. Rode will present the remainder of the festival, September 9-12. For more information, including other cinematic fare playing at The Music Box throughout the month, click on the image above.

In London, United Kingdom The Prince Charles Cinema will present Seven (1995) Saturday, September 7, Mulholland Drive (2001) Saturday, September 14, Dead Poets Society (1989) Sunday, September 15, Putney Swope (1969) Wednesday, September 18, Citizen Kane (1941) Sunday, September 22, Rounders (1998) Thursday, September 26 and The Straight Story (1999) on Saturday, September 28.

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 New York City, New York The New York Philharmonic Orchestra will present Psycho (1960) with live musical accompaniment featuring Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

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In Montréal, Canada as part of a North American and European tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Traquen’Art is presenting a Koyaanisqatsi – Life out of Balance (1982) on Saturday, September 14. Godfrey Reggio’s film will be accompanied on stage by Philip Glass, composer of the original soundtrack, and the Philip Glass Ensemble under the musical direction of Michael Riesman.

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In Dubai, United Arab Emirates The Dubai Opera and Symphony Orchestra will present Gladiator (1992) with live musical accompaniment featuring Hans Zimmer’s brilliant score on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19.

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The Turning Point

The Turning Point

Niagara

Niagara

Noir City will take place in Detroit, Michigan September 20 – 22. This year's opening night will be held at a new venue, the Detroit Institute of Arts (click on The Turning Point photo above). The festival returns to its usual venue, the historic Redford Theatre, for weekend screenings, September 21 - 22 (click on the Niagara photo for details and other films presented at the Redford Theatre). FNF President Eddie Muller will host all eight screenings as well as an Opening Night Cocktail reception at the museum's Crystal Gallery Café held prior to the festival's first double bill: Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953) and William Dieterle's rarely screened The Turning Point (1952).



In London, United Kingdom The BBC Concert Orchestra will present The Great Escape (1963) featuring Elmer Bernstein’s heroic score on Saturday, September 21.

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In theatres across the U.S. Flashback Cinema is presenting The Maltese Falcon (1941) Sunday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 25 and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) on Sunday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 2.

Click on the respective image for more information. To see the next few months’ programming, click on The Flashback Cinema banner above.

In Lille, France The Zénith de Lille Symphony Orchestra will present Titanic (1997) with live musical accompaniment featuring James Horner’s memorable score on Sunday, September 29.

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There are 18 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month:

A certified classic John Huston directed motion picture, 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 Monday, September 2 at 9:45am PST.

Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann

Last year saw the sad passing of two fabulous actors Chuck McCann (September 2, 1934 - April 8, 2018) and Sondra Locke (May 28, 1944 - November 3, 2018) both of whom made genuine heartfelt impressions in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter a previous TCM recommendation here.



Sondra Locke

Sondra Locke

Viewers can realise a wealth of emotion by tuning in Thursday, September 5 at 2:45pm PST and again on Monday, September 30 at (late evening) 12:15am PST.






This will be a really bad day for anyone who encounters Them! (the giant mutant ants that is). The motion picture, however, is an exhilarating creature feature, previously reviewed here. Them! will march on TCM Friday, September 6 at 1:30pm PST.

 

The Lost Weekend, previously reviewed here, is Billy Wilder's portrayal of a writer's struggle with his addiction to alcohol. There's a powerhouse performance by Ray Milland at the film's centre as Don Birnam, whose desire (one of several) is to put his harrowing experiences down in the form of a novel: 'The Bottle'. Don's chosen literary title symbolises both extremes: his compulsive desire for poisonous ruin on the one hand and a personal salvation from, and containment of, those same formidable self-loathing actions on the other.  Both types of "bottles" will be found on TCM Sunday, September 8 at 10:45am PST.

After directing the stylish and innovative 1956 heist film The Killing, Stanley Kubrick with the assistance of Producer James B. Harris, turned his visionary talents to more relevant material with Paths of Glory. The results were astonishing. U.S. TCM subscribers can discover for themselves Wednesday, September 11 at 3:15pm PST. Paths of Glory is also September’s Blu-ray recommendation reviewed at the conclusion of this column toward the end of the month.

Also playing Wednesday, September 11 is a highly expressionistic Grimm-like fable, that appears as if conveyed from a child's point of view. This "fairytale noir" as Film Noir expert Eddie Muller calls it, was reviewed in Opening Up a Treasure: The Night of the Hunter and will be told Wednesday, September 11 at 8:30pm PST.

My next TCM recommendation marks the only time Australian actor George Lazenby appeared in the title role: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, probably the most action filled, enthusiastic and well-crafted entry in the entire Bond franchise! #6 in the series was reviewed briefly when the film was presented at an annual TCM film festival here, and will appear on their cable network Thursday, September 12 at 5pm PST.

George Lazenby and Diana Rigg

George Lazenby and Diana Rigg

Just missing out on my list of Top Ten Westerns (in favour of another Bud Boetticher directed/Burt Kennedy scripted film The Tall T) was Ride Lonesome, a highly distinctive and concise story told with a strong sense of purpose and sophistication. This must-see film starring Randolph Scott was previously reviewed here and will arrive on TCM Saturday, September 14 at 1:15pm PST.

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 Monday, September 16 at 1:15pm PST.

Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickers

Humphrey Bogart, Martha Vickers

If by chance one hasn't seen the explosively confrontational The Wild Bunch, remedy that Monday, September 16 at 9:15pm PST. For those who have, please see my review Opening Up a Treasure: The Wild Bunch as to why it was and still is, one of America's finest contributions to the cinematic arts.

Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan

TCM's current monthly schedule can be confirmed by clicking on the above image. 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.