Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kim Novak interview

I mentioned Kim Novak on her birthday a couple of weeks ago. Not having looked at TCM's March schedule at the time, I didn't realise that TCM wsa going to be honoring her with a night of her movies tonight.

Actually, it's not just a night of her movies. The night is starting off with an interview she did with Robert Osborne at last year's TCM Film Festival. That interview airs at 8:00 PM, and is being rerun at 11:00 for the benefit of the folks out on the Pacific coast, something that tends to happen with a lot of TCM's original programming. I don't know how long the original interview ran, not being at the TCM Film Festival, of course. Somebody on the TCM message boards said that last year's program with Peter O'Toole, which was presented as a one-hour interview, actually ran well over two hours and had to be edited down for what we saw on TV. In between the two airings of the interview, at 9:00 PM, will be Bell, Book, and Candle. I'll repeat what I wrote about it three weeks ago:

Apparently, I've never done a full-length post about another of her films with James Stewart, Bell, Book and Candle, in which she plays a witch who falls for Stewart when she casts a spell for him to fall in love with her, as she's trying to spite her fellow witches and warlocks. I personally don't find it to the greatest, but it's another one that's reasonably entertaining.

The reference to "another" film with James Stweart is of course to Vertigo, which will not be on tonight's schedule. The remainder of the Kin Novak salute will be:

Picnic, at midnight after the second showing of the interview. Novak plays a young woman from the poor side of town who falls in love with William Holden when Holden breezes into town looking for a job from his old friend Cliff Robertson.
The Man With the Golden Arm at 2:00 AM, in which Frank Sinatra plays a heroin addict. Novak plays his next-door neighbor.
Finally, at 4:15 AM, is the 1964 version of Of Human Bondage, which Novak playing the role Bette Davis had in the 1934 version.

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