Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TCM Guest Programmer: William Friedkin

Once again, we've reached the time of the month when TCM gives over a night of prime time to a Guest Programmer, who was selected four of his favorite films to program. This month, the programmer is William Friedkin, a director who is probably best known for The French Connection and The Exorcist. The promos imply that he's selected movies that were influential in becoming a director and in how he directs movies, so I'll certainly be interested in seeing the intros for the first two movies.

The full lineup is:

Bullitt at 8:00 PM, which has the car chase scene that Friedkin says certainly influenced how he did the nearly as well known chase scene in The French Connection;
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 10:15 PM, which has Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, and Tim Holt being consumed by greed in their search for gold;
Belle de jour at 12:30 AM, starring Catherine Deneuve as a bored housewife who takes up prostitution while her husband is at work in order to deal with the boredom; and
Blow-Up at 2:15 AM, in which photographer David Hemmings discovers that, in the background of one of his photos, there's a murder taking place!

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