News in a nutshell: TCM gets “Condemned,” the UCLA Film and Television Archive announces a new series, laugh with getTV in March, and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
TCM announced their latest theme for the month of March. Entitled “Condemned,” the network will screen 27 films originally deemed condemned or objectionable by the Catholic Legion of Decency every Thursday in March hosted by Sister Rose Pacatte, film reviewer and founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies. Films scheduled to air during the event include Baby Face (1933), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), and The Moon is Blue (1953). You can see the full schedule of events at the Condemned webpage.
TCM also announced their latest team-up with the auction house, Bonhams. The Charlton Heston Collection will take place March 22nd in Los Angeles and online. You can bid on a multitude of Heston’s own personal costumes, paintings, scripts, and more. A trailer has been made available for you to see some of the items. You can learn more at the official auction website.
TCM recently wrapped up their own tribute to world-renowned art director William Cameron Menzies, and now the UCLA Film and Television Archive has prepared their own retrospective. Celebrating William Cameron Menzies takes placed March 26th at 7:30pm at the Billy Wilder Theatre. Two of Menzies’ films will be screened – 1928’s The Tempest and 1926’s The Bat. Author James Curtis, who recently wrote William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come will be on-hand to sign copies of his book. You can learn more at the event website.
getTV wants to tickle your funnybone in March with a primetime comedy block every Thursday at 8pm ET. The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963), My Sister Eileen (1955) and more will air as part of the theme, while screenings of You Were Never Lovelier (1942) and The Fuller Brush Man (1948) are set to air later in the month. You can find the full lineup at the getTV website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Warner Archive: Warner Archive has been on fire the last few weeks with their output! After debuting Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess (1953) on Blu last week they’re releasing two of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s greatest film noirs in HD – The Big Sleep (1946) and Key Largo (1948). You can also snag two of Hedy Lamarr’s films on DVD: Lady of the Tropics (1939) and White Cargo (1942), as well as a nine-disc set of George O’Brien Westerns. All of these are manufactured on-demand and can be purchased through Warner Archive.
Flicker Alley: Flicker announced the release of the 1922 silent drama Timothy’s Quest on Blu-ray. This is a MOD release and lacks bonus content.
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