Thursday, February 1, 2024

New month, not so new spotlights

We're into the first full day of a new month, and normally that means some new spotlights on TCM. But this month things are different. The Academy Awards are going to be handed out on March 10, so TCM decided to run its annual 31 Days of Oscar programming starting on February 9, such that the climax will be on March 10, when the actual awards show is. As such, there's not enough space for the normal things like a Star of the Month or other once a week for a month spotlights.

February is also Black History Month in the US, and TCM has decided to spend the entire weekend, from 8:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 2 straight through to 6:00 AM on Monday, Feb. 5, with various black-themed movies, including documentaries about civil rights and more traditional Hollywood movies with prominent black characters. This includes an airing of In the Heat of the Night, directed by the recently deceased Norman Jewison, at 6:00 PM on Saturday (Feb. 3). It also includes Silent Sunday Nights (Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul as well as TCM Imports (Black Girl), but not Eddie Muller hosting Noir Alley as far as I can tell.

Among movies I've blogged about recently, there's Clark Gable in To Please a Lady at noon on Feb. 2, part of a morning and afternoon of auto racing movies.

There's also going to be the final two nights of The Power of Film as well as a Guest Programmer on Feb. 5 before we get to 31 Days of Oscar.

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