Intermission: Changeling, Role Models, Pictures at a Revolution

It’s trailer time:

This trailer has actually been around for awhile. I’ve a bit behind, I guess. I’ll make up for it with an early review that’s hot off the presses. It takes the comprehensive approach, discussing Clint Eastwood’s entire career before launching into a discussion of the movie which may (or may not) surprise you.

I’m not entirely certain why I’m posting this next one. Is it because one of the characters shares my name? Could it be the first appearance of LARPing (to my knowledge) in a mainstream movie? Or is it that brief but kind of funny send up of romantic comedy cliches towards the end? Judge for yourself.

Finally, movies that I know are great are always more exciting to contemplate than the movies I suspect might be terrible. Tomorrow night (and, I guess, tomorrow night only), Turner Classic Movies will be airing a marathon based on Mark Harris’s excellent cultural history, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. The book examines the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture of 1967 and discusses them in the context of a major shift in both the industry and the art of filmmaking in America. The TCM celebration seems to be cutting out the representative of Old Hollywood, the big-budget musical disaster Dr. Dolittle, but it will be airing the rest back-to-back starting at 8:00 (EST).

They’ll get things started with The Graduate, a star-maker for Dustin Hoffman and one of my favorite movies. Next up at 10pm is Bonnie and Clyde, which I still have not seen but really, really should (perhaps I will take advantage of the opportunity tomorrow night). After that, at midnight, they’ll air the ultimate winner of the award, In the Heat of the Night. It’s a murder mystery starring the great Sidney Poitier as a black police detective from the north who gets picked up on his way through a small southern town because his color arouses suspicion and ends up remaining to help solve the case, forming a tenuous bond with the racist sheriff. Finally, from 2 to 4, they’ll show Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, one of the first major films to seriously tackle the issue of interracial marriage sympathetically. It also start Poitier, along with Spencer Tracy in his final role.

If you have the means, and there are any of the above that you haven’t seen, I would definitely recommend making an effort to catch some or all of them. 1967 was an exciting year in many respects, Pictures at a Revolution is a great book (at least what I’ve read of it), and I’m looking forward to watching the presentation. I’ll probably try to leave the TV running in the background most of the evening, and hopefully have a chance to settle in for the entirety of Bonnie and Clyde, at least.

~ by Jared on October 6, 2008.

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