via press release:
Film Executive Peter Guber to serve as TCM Guest Programmer Monday, May 9
Film executive Peter Guber joins TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce a pair of award-winning films chosen by Guber as TCM’s Guest Programmer for May.
8 p.m. (ET) – Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Peter O’Toole gives a star-making performance as legendary British soldier and adventurer T.E. Lawrence in this extraordinary epic from David Lean. The film’s seven Oscars® include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography (Freddie Young) and Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre). Guber first saw Lawrence of Arabia when he was a young man. It had a profound impact on him. “That was really what cinema was all about – to take you into a narrative that is so compelling.”
Midnight (ET) – The Killing Fields (1984) – Roland Joffe’s powerful drama follows journalist Sidney Shanberg (Sam Waterston) and his Cambodian assistant Dith Pran (Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor) in war-torn Cambodia. The film also earned Oscars for its stunning cinematography (Chris Menges) and sharp editing (Jim Clark). Guber says of The Killing Fields, “Telling this story opened our hearts to the people who went through this turmoil.”
Peter Guber has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years, with producing credits that include Midnight Express (1978), TheColor Purple (1985) and Best Picture OscarÒ winner Rain Man (1988). His movies have earned more than 50 Oscar nominations and more than $3 billion worldwide. Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, Guber has also served as studio chief of Columbia Pictures and as founder or co-owner of Casablanca Records, Filmworks, PolyGram Entertainment and Guber-Peters Entertainment. Among many other ventures, he has authored several books, including the recentTell to Win, and appeared on television as a media commentator.