As Turner Classic Movies continues to air Mark Cousins' 15-part The Story of Film: An Odyssey, the programming of the documentary and related films has been limited to Monday nights.
The Story of Film previously aired in prime time, but in November the installments are being shown during the late-night hours. I am not sure if this has to do with the documentary's past ratings or if the focus on World Cinema is presumed not to draw big numbers.
(Titles in bold indicate TCM Premieres.)
Monday, Nov. 4
8 p.m. - My Brilliant Career (1979) (Australia)
10:15 p.m. - Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) (Australia)
12:15 a.m. - Alice in the Cities (1974) (Germany)
2:15 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode 10: "Radical Directors in the '70s Make State of the Nation Movies (1969-1979)" - This is the story of the movies that set out to change the world in the 1970s. England, Germany and Italy were at the center of this new style. Meanwhile, Japan was making some of the world's most moving films, Australian was giving birth to its own cinema. Even bigger, bolder questions about film were being asked in Africa and South America. And John Lennon discovered what would become his favorite film, the extraordinary, psychedelic The Holy Mountain. Interviews include German filmmaker Wim Wenders and British filmmaker Ken Loach.
3:30 a.m. - Xala (1975) (Senegal)
5:45 a.m. - The Battle of Chile, Part One (1975) (Venezuela, France, Cuba)
7:30 a.m. - The Battle of Chile, Part Two (1976) (Venezuela, France, Cuba)
Monday, Nov. 11
8 p.m. - Jaws (1975) (U.S.A.)
10:15 p.m. - Zanjeer (1973) (India)
12:45 a.m. - Enter the Dragon (1973) (Hong Kong, U.S.A.)
2:30 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode 11: "The 1970s and Onwards - Innovation in Popular Culture and Around the World" - Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist created the multiplexes, but they were also innovative as works of art. In India, Bollywood was doing new things in the '70s, as the world’s most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, explains. And Bruce Lee movies in Hong Kong were kick-starting the kinetic films of Hong Kong, setting the stage for martial arts master Yuen Wo Ping's extraordinary wire fu choreography for The Matrix decades later.
3:45 a.m. - The Message (1976) (Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, United Kingdom)
Monday, Nov. 18
8 p.m. - Gregory's Girl (1981) (United Kingdom)
10 p.m. - The Elephant Man (1980) (U.S.A.)
12:15 a.m. - Yeelen (1987) (Mali, Burkina Faso, France, West Germany, Japan)
2:15 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode 12: "Moviemaking and Protest Around the World (1980s)" - With Ronald Reagan in the White House and Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, the 1980s were the years of protest in the movies, when brave filmmakers spoke truth to power. It also marked the rise of independent cinema in America, as director John Sayles explains. In Beijing, Chinese cinema blossomed in the years before the Tiananmen crackdown. In the Soviet Union, the past welled up in astonishing films. And in Poland, the master director Krzysztof Kieslowski emerged.
3:30 a.m. - Repentance (1984) (Soviet Union)
Monday, Nov. 25
8 p.m. - Days of Being Wild (1990) (Hong Kong)
10 p.m. - Where is the Friend's Home? (1987) (Iran)
Midnight - Beau Travail (1999) (France)
2 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode 13: "The Last Days of Celluloid, Before the Coming of Digital (1990-1998)" - Few saw it coming, but cinema around the world in the 1990s entered a new Golden Age. In Iran, Abbas Kiarostami rethought the art of film and made it more real. Shinya Tsukamoto paved the way for the bold new Japanese horror cinema. Mexico's cinema began to blossom with new films and filmmakers. Interviews include acclaimed director Claire Denis.
3:15 a.m. - Funny Games (1997) (Austria)
5 a.m. - Touki Bouki (1973) (Senegal)