Mondays and Tuesdays throughout October finds Turner Classic Movies continuing its presentation of Mark Cousins' The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Also scheduled those evenings are films discussed in the documentary. The titles in bold are TCM Premieres and links are offered for titles we've reviwed.
Monday, Oct. 7
8 p.m. - Pather Panchali (1955) (India)
10:15 p.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode Six: "The Swollen Story: World Cinema Bursting at the Seams (1953-1957)" - This is the story of sex and melodrama in the movies of the 1950s. While James Dean, On the Waterfront and the glossy weepies of the time kept American audiences enraptured, Egypt, India, China, Mexico, Britain and Japan were making their own movies full of rage and passion. This episode features interviews with many people who worked with Satyajit Ray; legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, who starred in films by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu; and the first great African director, Youssef Chahine.
11:30 p.m. - Cairo Station (1958) (Egypt)
1 a.m. - Throne of Blood (1957) (Japan)
3 a.m. - Seven Samurai (1954) (Japan)
Tuesday, Oct. 8
8 p.m. - Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (U.S.A.)
10 p.m. - All that Heaven Allows (1955) (U.S.A.)
11:45 p.m. - Johnny Guitar (1954) (U.S.A.)
1:45 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode Six: "The Swollen Story: World Cinema Bursting at the Seams (1953-1957)"
3 a.m. - Los Olvidados (1950) (Mexico)
4:30 a.m. - …And God Created Woman (1956) (France)
Monday, Oct. 14
8 p.m. - Nights of Cabiria (1957) (Italy)
10 p.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode Seven: "Shock of the New, Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe (1957-1964" - This is the explosive story of film in the late '50s and '60s. Claudia Cardinale talks about working with Federico Fellini. In Denmark, Lars Von Trier describes his admiration for Ingmar Bergman. And Bernardo Bertolucci remembers his work with Pier Paolo Pasolini. Meanwhile, French filmmakers gave birth to a new wave that began to sweep across Europe.
11:15 p.m. - Winter Light (1962) (Sweden)
12:45 a.m. - Pickpocket (1959) (France)
2:15 a.m. - Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) (France, Italy)
3:45 a.m. - The 400 Blows (1959) (France)
5:30 a.m. - Rocco and His Brothers (1960) (Italy, France)
Tuesday, Oct. 15
8 p.m. - A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (U.S.A.)
9:45 p.m. - Accatone (1968) (Italy)
Midnight - Breathless (1960) (France)
1:45 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode Seven: "Shock of the New, Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe (1957-1964)"
3 a.m. - I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967) (Sweden)
5:15 a.m. - L'Eclisse (1962) (Italy, France)
Monday, Oct. 21
8 p.m. - Boy (1969) (Japan)
10 p.m. - Knife in the Water (1962) (Poland)
Midnight - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - "Episode Eight: "New Waves Sweep Around the World (1965-1969)" - This is the story of the dazzling world cinema of the 1960s. Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey began a new era in America cinema. Documentary influenced mainstream movies, as legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler explains. Cinema's new wave continued to sweep around the world, giving rise to new voices like Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovsky and Nagisa Oshima and a new black cinema from Africa. This episode also features an interview with master Indian director Mani Kaul.
1:15 a.m. - Daisies (1966) (Czechoslovakia)
2:45 a.m. - Andrei Rublev (1966) (Soviet Union)
6:15 a.m. - Ashes and Diamonds (1958) (Poland)
Tuesday, Oct. 22
8 p.m. - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961) (United Kingdom)
10 p.m. - The Insect Woman (1963) (Japan)
12:15 a.m. - The House is Black (1963) (Iran)
12:45 a.m. - I Am Cuba (1964) (Cuba, Soviet Union)
3:15 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - "Episode Eight: "New Waves Sweep Around the World (1965-1969)"
4:30 a.m. - Black Girl (1966) (Senegal, France)
Monday, Oct. 28
8 p.m. - The Graduate (1967) (U.S.A.)
10 p.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode Nine: "New American Cinema (1967-1979)" - This is the remarkable story of the maturing of American cinema of the late '60s and '70s. Buck Henry, who wrote The Graduate, talks about movie satire of the time. Paul Schrader reveals his thoughts on his existential screenplay for Taxi Driver. Writer Robert Towne explores the dark ideas in Chinatown. And director Charles Burnett talks about the birth of black American cinema.
11:15 p.m. - McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) (U.S.A.)
1:30 a.m. - The Last Picture Show (1971) (U.S.A.)
3:45 a.m. - Mean Streets (1973) (U.S.A.)
Tuesday, Oct. 29
8 p.m. - Badlands (1973) (U.S.A.)
9:45 p.m. - Cabaret (1972) (U.S.A.)
Midnight - M*A*S*H (1970) (U.S.A.)
2 a.m. - Chinatown (1974) (U.S.A.)
4:15 a.m. - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) - Episode Nine: "New American Cinema (1967-1979)"
5:30 a.m. - Killer of Sheep (1977) (U.S.A.)
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