Turner Classic Movies and UCLA Film and Television Archive Team Up for 24-Hour Programming Marathon Sept. 20

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September 2nd, 2010

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Turner Classic Movies and UCLA Film and Television Archive Team Up for 24-Hour Programming Marathon Sept. 20

Marathon Includes New Restorations of Topper (1937),Way Out West (1938), The Secret Beyond the Door (1948), The Prowler (1951) and Shadows (1960)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the UCLA Film & Television Archiveare joining forces on a 24-hour showcase of the extraordinary restoration and remastering work conducted by the Archive.  Hosted in part by TCM’s Robert Osborne and Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the marathon will air Monday, Sept. 20, and will feature several new transfers and recent restorations, including Topper (1937), Way Out West(1938), The Secret Beyond the Door (1948), The Prowler (1951) and Shadows(1960).  The 24-hour marathon will also include such previously heralded restorations from the Archive such as Life with Father (1947), My Darling Clementine (1946), The Red Shoes (1948) and Killer of Sheep (1977).

“Turner Classic Movies is proud to be able to present the work of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, one of the most respected centers for cinematic restoration in the world,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.  “TCM is committed not only to introducing classic film to new generations but also to supporting the preservation of the world’s cinematic heritage for future generations.”

“In keeping with UCLA Film & Television Archive’s efforts to preserve the rich history of cinema, we are honored by this opportunity to collaborate with Turner Classic Movies in presenting our work to such a diverse cable television audience.” said Horak.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive, a unit of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is internationally renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media.  The Archive and TCM worked together to create a programming slate that conveys the breadth of the Archive’s restoration efforts.

Monday, Sept. 20
6 a.m.    The Exiles (1961) – This outstanding independent film by Kent MacKenzie follows a day in the life of a group of Native Americans living in Los Angeles.  Mary Donahue, Homer Nish, Clydean Parker and Tom Reynolds star.  The Exiles was named to the National Film Registry in 2009.

7:15 a.m.    Life with Father (1947) – William Powell takes the title role in this wonderful film about life in turn-of-the-century New York.  Michael Curtiz directed the adaptation of the Howard Lindsay-Russell Crouse play.  Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn and ZaSu Pitts also star.

9:15 a.m.    This is the Army (1943) – This star-studded collage of songs and skits brought together some of Warner Bros.’ biggest stars for a tribute to the troops.  Ronald Reagan, Irving Berlin, Joe Louis and many others appear.

11:30 a.m.    My Darling Clementine (1946) – John Ford’s brilliant re-telling of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral was restored to its original glory, with Henry Fonda taking on the role of Wyatt Earp and Victor Mature as Doc Holliday.  Linda Darnell and Walter Brennan co-star, with Joseph P. MacDonald providing the extraordinary black-and-white photography.

1:30 p.m.    Topper (1937) – Constance Bennett and Cary Grant star as a pair of ghosts haunting Roland Young in this delightful comedy.  The script is based on a popular novel by Thorne Smith.

3:15 p.m.    Way Out West (1938) – Laurel and Hardy head out West in this hilarious comedy that also features the boys doing a wonderful soft-shoe dance.  James Finlayson and Sharon Lynn co-star.

4:30 p.m.    Terror by Night (1946) – Basil Rathbone plays stalwart sleuth Sherlock Holmes in this mystery about a murder connected to the theft of a priceless diamond.  Nigel Bruce plays Dr. Watson.

6 p.m.    The Secret Beyond the Door (1948) – Fritz Lang directed this atmospheric chiller about a woman convinced her husband is a demented murderer.  Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave and Anne Revere star.

8 p.m.    The Prowler (1951) – Van Heflin stars in this taut thriller as a beat cop who becomes obsessed with a married woman.  Evelyn Keyes co-stars under the direction of Joseph Losey.

10 p.m.    The Red Shoes (1948) – Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger directed this colorful ballet fantasy about a young ballerina torn between two men.  Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring and Moira Shearer star.  Brian Easdale’s score and Hein Heckroth and Arthur Lawson’s art direction-set decoration earned well-deserved Oscars®.  Jack Cardiff provided the vivid cinematography.

12:30 a.m.    Shadows (1960) – John Cassavetes’ first film as director is an improvised drama about an interracial relationship.  Lelia Goldoni and Anthony Ray play the couple.  Hugh Hurd and Ben Carruthers also star, with Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel and Bobby Darin making brief appearances.

2 a.m.    Word is Out (1977) – This groundbreaking documentary looks at what it means to be gay or lesbian, as told from the point of view of more than two dozen men and women from various backgrounds.  Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown and Rob Estein directed.

4:30 a.m.    Killer of Sheep (1971) –A masterpiece of African-American filmmaking and one of the finest debuts in cinema history, Charles Burnett’s 1977 classic wowed critics and audiences around the world with his blues-infused portrait of life in black Los Angeles.  Henry Gayle Sanders stars as Stan, a man struggling to provide for his family and get by with some dignity.  The film, which was created as Burnett’s UCLA graduate thesis, was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress and named one of 100 Essential Films by the National Society of Film Critics.

About the UCLA Film & Television Archive
The UCLA Film & Television Archive, a unit of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is internationally renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media.  Many of the Archive’s most important restoration projects—Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder),The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger), The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton), Scorpio Rising (1963, Kenneth Anger),A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes) and The Times of Harvey Milk (1984, Robert Epstein)—have been screened at prestigious events around the globe and released on DVD.  A unique resource for media study, the Archive protects a vast collection of film, television and digital media.  The Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) on the UCLA campus provides unique and free access to its collections for more than 10,000 international visitors each year.  The Archive also screens an ambitious year-round film program at its Billy Wilder Theater, bringing the world’s cinematic treasures to Los Angeles audiences.

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world.  Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests.  As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars.  TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com.  TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 
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