Sunday, May 31, 2015

TCM in June: Summer of Darkness

This summer is going to be an especially exciting time on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM launches a two-month film noir festival, the "TCM Summer of Darkness."

Every Friday in June and July will feature a 24-hour film noir marathon, with the evening hours hosted by the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller. It's a most welcome return to the network for Muller, who also hosted film noir on Friday evenings last June.

A terrific essay by Muller on film noir is featured on a special "Summer of Darkness" microsite created by TCM. The site also includes the schedule for the entire series.

To make this festival even more special, TCM has partnered with Ball State University to provide a free online course on film noir which begins on Monday, June 1st. Details are all here, and you can read even more about the course by Will McKinley at his blog Cinematically Insane.

Below is the entire TCM lineup for Fridays in June. A majority of the films to be shown in June and July have been previously reviewed here -- very often thanks to theatrical screenings hosted by Muller! Click any hyperlinked title for my review of the movie.

I think pretty much any film in this series will be good viewing, but for each day of the series I've chosen two films I especially recommend, labeled with stars (***). In some cases I've chosen to highlight lesser-known films which are personal favorites, and I've also marked some iconic titles of the genre.

June 5th:

M (1931)

LA BETE HUMAINE (1938)

THE LETTER (1940)

STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940)

HIGH SIERRA (1941)

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1943)

JOHNNY EAGER (1942)

NORA PRENTISS (1947)

***WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950)

DARK PASSAGE
(1947)

***BORN TO KILL (1947)

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997)



June 12th:

THE GLASS KEY (1942)

LAURA (1944)

MINISTRY OF FEAR (1944)

MURDER, MY SWEET (1944)

DANGER SIGNAL (1945)

DETOUR (1945)

MILDRED PIERCE (1945)

DEADLINE AT DAWN (1946)

JOHNNY ANGEL (1946)

THE GANGSTER (1947)

***GUN CRAZY (1950)

***TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951)

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947)

NIGHT MOVES (1975)



June 19th:

CORNERED (1945)

CRACK-UP (1946)

GILDA (1946)

THE BIG SLEEP (1946)

***THE KILLERS (1946)

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (1946)

NOCTURNE (1946)

CROSSFIRE (1947)

HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948)

***MYSTERY STREET (1950)

BORDER INCIDENT (1949)

THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA (1951)

GET CARTER (1971)



June 26th:

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)

***THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947)

THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947)

LADY IN THE LAKE (1947)

***OUT OF THE PAST (1947)

POSSESSED (1947)

ACT OF VIOLENCE (1948)

THE SET-UP (1949)

THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS (1944)

BERLIN EXPRESS (1948)

THE STRANGER (1946)

THE THIRD MAN (1949)

POINT BLANK (1967)


For more on Turner Classic Movies this month, please visit TCM in June: Highlights.

3 Comments:

OpenID vienna said...

I think I'll have to start a petition to get the U.S. TCM in Britain. The Noir line-up is wonderful. So many of my favorite films.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Noir Fan's Heaven!! An amazing list of classic Films Noir - how on earth would you ever decide what to leave out? One that I would term under-rated but well worth catching is "CRACK-UP" from 1946 with Pat O'Brien and Herbert Marshall. Recommended. But actually, there is almost nothing in that list I couldn't recommend!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

It is a comfort to know where I'll be and what I'll be doing on Friday nights.

5:57 AM  

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