Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TCM Remembers 2011

TCM's annual tribute to filmmakers who have passed away this year is now available.

This is a very nice job, as always, and I was especially grateful that Harry Morgan was edited in at the last minute. He certainly deserved the effort.

I had no idea that Leslie Brooks had passed on earlier this year. She was in the supporting cast of favorite Rita Hayworth movies, YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942), COVER GIRL (1944), and TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT (1945).

Past TCM tribute posts: 2010, 2009, and 2008.


Blogger KC said...

Thanks for posting this. You were the first place I saw it. Time to break out the Kleenex!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Kevin Deany said...

That was fabulous. I wish the Motion Picture Academy would take some pointers from the TCM tribute. The last several In Memoriam tributes at the Oscars have been train wrecks.

Thanks, Laura, for posting this.

7:27 AM  
Blogger barrylane said...

There is no comparison to TCM and the Academy. TCM has the interest, refinement and managerial taste. It is what the Academy aspired to be at the beginning of its existence. The handling of Dorothy McGuire's passing, and the inadequate unapolagetic response to criticism relative to that event, was truly unforgivable.

6:48 PM  
Blogger James Corry said...

I agree with the posted comments. To see Yvette Vickers and Norma Eberhardt listed on the "TCM Remembers" tribute, shows that someone there at TCM truely DOES care....


5:24 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I was really happy to see not only Leslie Brooks but Elaine Stewart included, as she's a particular favorite of mine. I'm glad they remembered!

Definitely a fine job, from the first shot of Farley Granger on the train.

Best wishes,

6:50 PM  
Blogger Blake Lucas said...

It was even more beautiful and moving this time than most years, and they have always set a high standard.

I agree with the others posters. And the Academy has gotten worse and worse every year. Do you think they will remember Hideko Takamine?--one of the greatest actresses of all time.
I wouldn't be surprised if they even leave out Mary Murphy.

But you know, every year I have this feeling I want to pull away from watching the Academy Awards altogether--I go to few new Hollywood movies now, feeling my movie watching time is best spent with classical cinema, where there so much artistry, and real time and space instead of CGI, not to mention characters and stories one can deeply care about.

If they can't do a good In Memoriam and give the Honorary Oscars at another ceremony, what's the point? I hope this year I'll make it but old traditions die hard.

3:43 PM  

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