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November 23, 2002

TV Alert

Friedrich --

A few treats, plucked from the overgrown thicket that is next week's television schedule.

Pierce Brosnan on Inside the Actor's Studio (Bravo, Sunday at 8 pm). The show's host, James Lipton, may be more than a little something to endure. But he also runs the only show on TV where performers regularly get a chance to speak at length about something they actually know about -- performing. Always iffy, but Brosnan, who's Irish, may prove to have the gift of gab.

Battle Group: Spruance (History Channel, Sunday at 8 pm and midnight). A promising-sounding 2 hour documentary about a largely forgotten American Admiral who won at Midway and spearheaded many other battles in the Pacific.

Lolita (TCM, Monday at 8 pm). If you can forget that it's an adaptation of the book, and can take it on its own terms instead -- something some people have a hard time doing -- it's a flakily brilliant, out-there comedy of lust and tackiness. Stanley Kubrick directs James Mason in one of his best performances, Peter Sellers, Shelly Winters and Sue Lyons. A word to Nabokov loyalists and sticklers: I've read the script that Nabokov wrote and Kubrick rejected. Kubrick was right to reject it -- it reads like a dream and provides almost nothing to film.

The Horse's Mouth (IFC, Tuesday at 6 am). Alec Guinness as the roustabout bum-artist Gulley Jimson, in a more-than-decent adaptation of Joyce Cary's great lowdown comic novel. All too rarely seen, although IFC has been sneaking it into its schedule for a few weeks now.

Classic Westerns directed by John Ford (TCM, from 8 pm Wednesday evening thru 6 am Thursday morning). You aren't a real film buff if you haven't watched John Ford's best. Here's your chance to earn those manly stripes: The Searchers (8 pm); My Darling Clementine (10 pm); Fort Apache (midnight); She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (2:15 am); Rio Grande (4 am). Each one a giant.

An A&E Biography about Audrey Hepburn (A&E, Thursday at 8 pm and midnight). A ballet dancer and the daughter of a Dutch baroness, Hepburn was a bit player when she was spotted by the great French novelist Colette, and was cast in the Broadway adapation of "Gigi." She went on to become one of the key female icons of the post-WW2 years -- Winona Ryder as a physical type, for instance, is inconceivable without Audrey Hepburn.

The Paleface (TCM, Friday morning at 2 am). When most people think of Bob Hope, they picture the stale old comic he became. As a young man, though, he had a naughty spark, and starred in many likable entertainments. This easygoing Western parody is one of them -- you can see why Hope was for many years one of the biggest stars in the world.

Break out the VCR! Er, Tivo...



posted by Michael at November 23, 2002


A big Yes to the rarely seen "The Horses Mouth" with a wonderful performance by Alec Guiness.

One of my favorite scenes in it is when one of Gully's sculptor friends is lowering a giant block of marble through the roof and it slips out of its straps and crashes though about 2 or 3 floors before coming to rest, leaving giant holes in the floors.

He then proceeds to chip away at the marble until it becomes a Giacometti matchbox size sculpture.

When Gully and his friends are through they thoughtfully cover the holes in the floors with carpets which upon return the startled homeowners, stunned by the Gully Jimson paintings of giant feet covering all of their walls proceed to walk onto and of course plunge through and into the abyss.

Posted by: Gar Dude on November 24, 2002 5:42 PM

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