TCM Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the New York Film Critics Circle
[Press Release – Released by TCM]
TCM to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of the New York Film Critics Circle With Marathon of Five Honored Classics Jan. 5
Collection of Top Choices Includes The Informer (1935), In Which We Serve (1942), Darling (1965), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New York Film Critics Circle with a special marathon of five honored classics on Tuesday, Jan. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).
Each of the five films in TCM’s marathon earned the group’s top prize, Best Picture. But they are also among the Circle’s choices that did not go on to receive Best Picture Oscars®. The night includes John Ford’s potent tale The Informer (1935); Noel Coward and David Lean’s World War II drama In Which We Serve (1942); John Schlesinger’s Darling (1965); Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (1997); and Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936).
The New York Film Critics Circle is an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema. Founded in 1935, the Circle includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and qualifying online general-interest publications. Each year in December, the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year’s films. The Circle’s awards are often viewed as harbingers of the Oscars® nominations. They are also viewed by many as a principled alternative to the Oscars®, honoring aesthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures. The Circle will choose its honorees for 2009 in early December.
The following is a complete lineup of TCM’s Jan. 5 celebration of the 75th anniversary of the New York Film Critics Circle:
8 p.m.: The Informant (1935) – The Circle’s first-ever Best Picture honoree is a passionate tale of betrayal set during the Irish Rebellion of 1922 and based on a novel by Liam O’Flaherty. Victor McLaglen stars as a hard-drinking informer who turns a buddy into authorities for a reward, only to find his life ruined as a result. Director John Ford was also honored by the Circle.
9:45 p.m.: In Which We Serve (1942) – Noel Coward and David Lean fashioned this powerful saga about men serving on a British fighting vessel during World War II. Coward also stars in the film, co-wrote the script and composed the score. He is joined by John Mills, Bernard Miles, Kay Walsh and, making their film debuts, Celia Johnson, Richard Attenborough, Daniel Massey and a very young Julie Mills.
Midnight: Darling (1965) – This innovatively filmed drama was chosen as Best Picture of 1965 by the Circle, which also named Julie Christie as Best Actress and John Schlesinger as Best Director. Christie plays a common girl who nabs an Italian as her husband, while also engaging in numerous unsatisfactory affairs with other men. Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey co-star.
2:15 a.m.: L.A. Confidential (1997) – This atmospheric adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel earned the Circle’s top prize, along with Best Director for Curtis Hanson and Best Adapted Screenplay for Hanson and co-writer Brian Hegeland. The story follows a web of corruption within the Los Angeles police department during the 1950s, with Guy Pearce playing a straight-arrow cop working with a thuggish officer, played by Russell Crowe, and a slick self-promoting detective, played by Kevin Spacey, to bring down a prostitution ring. Kim Bassinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin and Simon Baker co-star.
4:45 a.m.: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) – Frank Capra’s poignant, crowd-pleasing comedy-drama stars Gary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds, a small-town man who inherits $20 million, then shocks everyone by deciding to give it away to people in need. Jean Arthur is pitch-perfect as a tough reporter determined to figure out what makes Deeds tick. This was only the second film to be named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Picture.
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