Friday, April 5, 2013

TCM Spotlight: A Woman's World

No; they're not showing the 1950s Fox movie Woman's World. In fact, I'm not certain if TCM has ever shown that before. Instead, TCM has a new Friday night series. This month, the spotlight is calles "A Woman's World", with the subtitle "The Defining Era of Women on Film".

Guest host Cher will be sitting down with Robert Osborne every Friday night this month to look at the old "women's films" grouped in several sub-genres. This first Friday in April sees a number of movies looking at women in their roles as mothers in four films about which I've already blogged:

Mildred Pierce, with Joan Crawford playing mother to Ann Blythe, kicks off the night at 8:00 PM;
Barbara Stanwyck sacrifices everything for her daughter in Stella Dallas at 10:00 PM;
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant adopt a child that dies tragically in Penny Serenade at midnight; and
Ginger Rogers becomes mother to a foundling in Bachelor Mother at 2:15 AM.

One upshot of this is that TCM Underground is moving to the overnight between Saturday and Sunday. I'm also somewhat interested to see Cher's thoughts on these movies. She was a Guest Programmer back in September 2011 and had some selections that one might not guess she would pick, and had interesting things to say about them.

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