Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar CMH Picks: Week Three (Feb 15)


Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar
CMH Picks: Week Three


Sunday February 15th: The Bridge Over River Kwai at 8:00pm EST

The Bridge over River Kwai posterWilliam Holden in Bridge On the River Kwai (1957, David Lean director)

Ok, so I will admit I have never this one. So, how abut you all tune in, and we’ll watch it together.


Monday February 16th: Anatomy of a Murder at 8:00pm EST

Anatomy of a murder posterJames Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder (1959, Otto Preminger, director)

This was one of the first post-WWII Jimmy Stewart movies I remember seeing and, boy, was I shocked. Although I loved him as the ‘awe-shucks’ persona in films like You Can’t Take it with You and  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, I must say this film showed the true actor that Stewart was.


Tuesday February 17th: Monsieur Verdoux at 9:15am EST

Monsieur Verdoux posterCharlie Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charlie Chaplin director)

This film is as delightful as it is dark and was even declared by Chaplin himself as the “the cleverest and most brilliant film of my career.” If you’re like me and enjoy the blacker side of comedy, this film will be perfect for you. And don’t feel bad if it leaves you empathizing with a serial black-widower, Chaplin is just that good.


Wednesday February 18th: The Apartment at 8:00pm EST

the apartment posterJack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder director)

This is one of those films I can watch over and over, back to back and it never grows stale. Between the razor sharp performances of its leading actors and its blend of comedy and sorrow, The Apartment remains as relevant and emotionally true today as it was 45 years ago.


Thursday February 19th: Judgment at Nuremberg at 4:45 EST

Judgment at Nuremberg posterJudgment at Nuremberg (1960, Stanley Kramer director)

This is not a film I watch because I want to be entertained. This a film I watch because it asks the difficult question: “What does the excuse ‘I was just following orders,’ really mean in the context of war crimes.” It’s difficult, it’s sad, it forces to you look at the cruelties of the world and that’s why it’s tremendously important to watch.


Friday February 20th: Planet of the Apes at 10:00pm EST

planet-of-the-apes-1968-posterCharlton Heston in The Planet of the Apes (1968, Franklin J. Schaffner director)

This, however, is a film I do watch to be entertained. More specifically I love to shout at the screen: “Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape.”


Saturday February 21st: Auntie Mame at 3:45pm EST

Auntie Mame posterRosiland Russell in Auntie Mame (1958, Morton DaCosta director)

If you watch this film and don’t end up thinking “Man, I wish I had an Auntie Mame,” then we can’t be friends. Sorry. 


Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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