Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Turner Classic Movies Celebrates 15th Anniversary

15 years ago today Turner Classic Movies began airing uncut, commercial-free films, with widescreen films shown letterboxed.

I don't believe it's an exaggeration to say that TCM is one of a handful of the greatest things to ever happen to classic films.

Tonight TCM airs the film which launched the network: GONE WITH THE WIND.

TCM has also launched a new web page called The Dailies, where the network plans to publish fun film-related lists each day. Today's list is of five films where anniversaries play an important role, including 1943's HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

TCM will also be starting a social networking site, the Classic Film Union.

Congratulations to TCM, and here's hoping for many, many more years of success.

Previously: TCM's 15th Anniversary.

Update: I enjoyed this tribute by R. Emmet Sweeney at the TCM blog. His story about his dad taping and shipping movies to him when he was away at college reminds me a bit of my own family.


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