Master Chef Anthony Bourdain Serves Up Four Favorite Flicks on April 10 as TCM Guest Programmer

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April 4th, 2012

via press release:

Master chef Anthony Bourdain will present a menu of four memorable films when he serves as Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) Guest Programmer for April. The winner of Bon Appétit magazine's Food Writer of the Year Award and host of the popular Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations will join TCM host Robert Osborne on Tuesday, April 10, to present John Ford's stunning western The Searchers (1956), the moody French-Italian thriller Eyes Without a Face (1960), the acclaimed British crime film Get Carter (1971) and the offbeat comedy-drama Withnail & I (1987).

The following is the complete schedule for TCM's April 10 Guest Programmer lineup, featuring Anthony Bourdain:

8 p.m. (ET) – The Searchers (1956) – Bourdain calls John Ford's extraordinary western "a great American film by maybe our greatest director." The Searchers stars John Wayne as a man obsessed with rescuing his niece (Natalie Wood) after the young girl is kidnapped by Comanche warriors. Jeffrey Hunter co-stars as the young half-Native American adopted kin who accompanies him. Ford's stock company fills out a superior supporting cast, while Winton C. Hoch's color cinematography fills the screen with some of the most indelible images of the American West ever captured.

10:15 p.m. (ET) – Eyes Without a Face (1960) – Georges Franju's classic thriller – described by Bourdain as "beautiful yet disturbing," stars Pierre Brasseur as a surgeon who steals young women's faces in the hopes of healing his own daughter's scars. Edith Scob and Francois Guerin co-star. During initial screenings of Eyes Without a Face, the film's notorious surgery scene reportedly caused several audience members to faint.

Midnight (ET) – Get Carter (1971) – Bourdain refers to this brutal thriller as "sharp-edged" and "relentlously unforgiving." Michael Caine stars as a small-time gangster searching for the truth behind his brother's death, a role Bourdain says makes "no concession to likeability." BAFTA nominee Ian Hendry and Britt Eckland co-star under the direction of Mike Hodges.

2 a.m. (ET) – Withnail & I (1987) – This hilarious comedy – co-executive produced by former Beatle George Harrison – stars Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann as two unemployed actors who ditch the horrors of London only to embark on a disastrous, alcohol-laced vacation. Bourdain calls Bruce Robinson's film "searingly funny…a cult classic in the truest sense of that word."

 
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