Thursday, December 11, 2014

TCM Remembers 2014

TCM Remembers 2014 made its debut online today. You can watch it at this Twitter link or simply click below:

As always, TCM has done a wonderful job remembering the filmmakers who passed away this year. I was particularly touched by tributes to favorites Marc Platt and Audrey Long, as well as Martha Hyer.

I was doing okay up until the very end, with the one-two hit of the much-loved James Garner followed by Shirley Temple singing a line of "Auld Lang Syne." Extremely moving.

As a side note, congratulations to Jill of Sittin' on a Backyard Fence and Black Maria; she lives in Atlanta and had the opportunity to be one of the extras in this production. You can glimpse her in between Ruby Dee and James Garner.

Past TCM tribute posts: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.


Blogger Blake Lucas said...

Last year you knew a time it could be seen on TV. That was nice. If you know which hour would be appreciated. Thanks.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'll definitely post here if I learn in advance of a definite air time, Blake. Thanks!

Best wishes,

1:57 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Incidentally, I belatedly realized that TCM surprisingly omitted Mona Freeman and Patrice Wymore. I wonder if there is anyone else I would have expected to be in this year's memorial who didn't make it in?

Best wishes,

4:57 PM  
Blogger Blake Lucas said...

As it happened, I took a chance and recorded off TCM half an hour "To Be Announced" and it was a good impulse because it was there. Great as always this year, and I liked the interwoven clips that came up of people who had already been shown--that was new, I believe.

It's always well-done and so much more inclusive than the Academy will ever be. It's disappointing and unlike them to leave out Freeman and Wymore (and maybe some others too). I believe they try hard not to forget people and did have a fair number comparable to those two actresses. So these were simply oversights they probably regret.

The final clip of Shirley Temple was from what is surely her best film of her classic childhood years -
"Wee Willie Winkie" (1937) directed by John Ford, in which she sings "Auld Lang Syne" to her friend, the sergeant played by Victor McLaglen, as he dies, is a supremely affecting moment. Made a nice ending.

12:55 PM  

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