Wednesday, September 11, 2013

TCM Guest Programmer September 2013: Madeleine Stowe

After a month off for Summer Under the Stars, TCM's monthly Guest Programmer series returns. This month, it's actress Madeleine Stowe presenting four of her favorite movies alongside Robert Osborne. Stowe is currently a cast member of the TV series Revenge, although I have to admit I've never seen that show at all, since I don't watch much prime time episodic TV. Stowe also starred in the early 1990s version of Last of the Mohicans alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. Stowe's selections are airing tonight, and I've blogged about three of the four selections before.

First, at 8:00 PM is the wonderful romantic comedy The More the Merrier, in which Jean Arthur rents out half of her apartment to Charles Coburn, only to see him rent out half of his half to Joel McCrea.

Then, at 10:00 PM is Splendor in the Grass, which I don't think I've seen in its entirety before. Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood play a pair of 1920s teens struggling with the question of how far is too far when it comes to sex, which leads to tragic consequences for all.

This is followed at 12:15 AM by The Bicycle Thief, an excellent example of Italy's post-war neo-realist movement, about a man who needs his bicycle for his job, only for that bike to be stolen.

Finally, at 2:00 AM, is I Confess, which I think just showed up this past weekend as part of the month-long salute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Montgomery Clift stars as a Catholic priest in Quebec who hears the confession of a murderer -- a confession he cannot reveal -- only to find that the murder investigation could also be implicating him.

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