Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two more repeats tonight

I can't believe it's been 15 months since I recommended Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. It's airing at 8:00 PM ET tonight on TCM, as part of a tribute to notorious Communist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Despite having some stuff towards the end about sharing and the "evils" of wanting more, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes isn't nearly as strident as some of Trumbo's other stuff. One of those more strident movies is the second Trumbo movie airing on TCM tonight, Johnny Got His Gun. That, however, is not the second repeat I'm recommending.

Instead, the second repeat is the the Silent Sunday Nights feature, the 1925 version of Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. This is the original feature version of the the Roman epic (apparently, there was a two-reel version made all the way back in 1907 that still survives); the four-hour marathon from 1959 starring Charlton Heston is better-known, and will be airing next Sunday (the 20th) on TCM.

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