Monday, November 24, 2014

A bunch of films about films

This final night of silent stars at the TCM Star of the Month looks at the silent comediansL Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, followed by a bunch who aren't quite as well remembered by the general public today. One of the interesting things is that each of the three big stars gets a documentary in addition to one feature film. I wonder if it's a sign of the times that getting the rights to a documentary is cheaper than getting a second feature film in these belt-tightening days for everybody in the corporate conglomerate that owns TCM. Or maybe not. At any rate, the three documentaries are:

Birth of the Tramp, about Charlie Chaplin, at 8:45 PM;
Buster Keaton: So Funny It Hurt! at 11:00 PM; and
Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy at 1:15 AM

Tomorrow at 1:00 PM, TCM is running That's Entertainment! again. I was going to post the trailer, since that's on Youtube, and wanted to make a comment about how the trailer says "This will never happen again", only for a sequel to come out two years later. And, of course, there was a third That's Entertainment as well as That's Dancing in between. In fact, all four of them will be on TCM tomorrow starting with That's Dancing and followed by the three That's Entertainment movies. But I'm not posting the trailer because I already did that at the end of last year. (That also wasn't the first time TCM ran all the That's Entertainment movies back to back, and I'm sure tomorrow won't be the last by a long shot.)

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