Graham Greene – Tonight on TCM

thirdmanalleyMy TV is rarely tuned to any other channel (save for CNN and BBC) and tonight is just another in the long ledger of reasons why life is simply better with TCM in one’s life. Tonight their lineup features the work of one of the 20th centuries most important writers, Graham Green. Author, screenwriter, playwright and critic, Greene’s work explored (or should I say, exposed) the depths of human morality and spirituality with the sort of remorseless chill and tightly wound plots that proved irresistible to both critics and the masses alike. George Orwell, in my opinion, put it best when he said that Green “appears to share the idea, which has been floating around ever since Baudelaire, that there is something rather distingué  in being damned; Hell is a sort of high-class nightclub, entry to which is reserved for Catholics only.”

And so tonight, on what would have been Greene’s 104th birthday, TCM salutes Greene with his best screenplays (his magnificent The Third Man) as well as adaptations of his finest novels (Brighton Rock). Turn on the fireplace, make some coco or coffee or pour yourself a scotch and soda and enter Greene’s world, starting at 5PM eastern time with Brighton Rock (1947), followed by The Fallen Idol (1948), The Quiet American (1957), The End of the Affair (1955), The Third Man (1949) and Our Man in Havana (1959).

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10 thoughts on “Graham Greene – Tonight on TCM

    1. Brighton Rock is one of my favorites and the film is a cracking good adaptation! They’re remaking it, actually: Rowan Joffe who wrote 28 Weeks Later is in on the project… and I am quite skeptical. 😦

  1. sorry i didn’t ask permission – i posted you on my blogroll; if it is a problem, i can delete it.
    hear from you, dan.

  2. I love TCM. Recently I watched a Bogart festival that reasssured me of the reasons I once held about the goodness of the cinema.

    I found you on United Architects where you were linked in the blogroll. If you have no objection, I am linking you in mine as well and I will be back often.

    Thanks again.

    1. Of course I’ve no objections–I’ll add you to mine as well.
      And you summed it up nicely: TCM does reassure us that, yes, cinema can be be truly great. (it’s easy to forget these days with such an incessant onslaught of … well … crap!)

  3. Thanks. I see my visitors are your too. Very well, that’s quite fine. My ideea is to create a sort of club, people with common ideas and relishes. I like how you think and I like how you write. So, let’s find others like us.
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    Dan

  4. By the way, kittypackard, this is specialy for you:

    I saw a film today oh, boy
    The english army had just won the war
    A crowd of people turned away
    But i just had to look
    Having read the book
    I love to turn you on.

    Woke up, got out of bed
    Dragged a comb across my head
    Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
    And looking up, i noticed i was late
    Found my coat and grabbed my hat
    Made the bus in seconds flat
    Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
    Somebody spoke and i went into a dream
    Ah

    I read the news today oh, boy
    Four thousand holes in blackburn, lancashire
    And though the holes were rather small
    They had to count them all
    Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the albert hall
    I’d love to turn you on.

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