My 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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thanks a lot for information. last week i re-read Brighton Rock, but i never saw the film.
dan, iasi, romania,
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. 😦
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.
hardly a problem, dan! i’d like to add you to mine as well if i may 🙂
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.
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!)
“Crap” puts it nicely.
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.
this is valuable for “gryphonscry” too.
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
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.
not only a beatles song, one of my absolute FAVORITE beatles songs! 😉 cheers, medear.