I found an apartment. Yay! I'll write about that more in another post when I have a bit more time. Right now, I wanted to shine my TCM-loving light on a week of don't-miss programming: TCM's 39 film tribute to Alfred Hitchcock! Starting tonight through Sunday, TCM is handing over every night of its programming to the master of suspense, and they kick things off tonight with Vertigo, Psycho, Spellbound and Marnie. Actually, the programming starts at 8 PM with the Hitchcock installment of Richard Schickel's great "The Men Who Made the Movies" series.
You want Notorious? Tomorrow night at 10. You want something earlier, like 1929's Blackmail. Try Wednesday at 10. How about the fascinating stage-like, "one-shot" murder-thriller Rope? That will be on Friday at 12:30 AM. Of course, if you have (criminally) nevere seen North by Northwest, you have your choice between Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 6 as part their "Essentials" series. And for something a little different -- a film you might otherwise not think of as classic Hitchcock -- you should definitely check-out the original Mr. and Mrs. Smith. You'll probably want to record it (it's showing Sunday night at 4:15 AM, which in the real world not controlled by TCM's schedule is actually Monday at 4:15 AM), and it has nothing to do with this summer's Pitt-Jolie-Liman disappointment. Instead, it's a light romantic comedy (that's right!) featuring Carole Lombard's penultimate screen performance before tragically dying in a plane crash at the age of 33. (Shit, that's younger than me!) It's not an amazing film, but it's interesting and funny and certainly different from anything else made by the great director.
Basically, if you've heard of it, TCM is likely showing it -- with a few notable exceptions such as The 39 Steps and Dial M For Murder. But you can see both the 1956 and 1934 versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much back-to-back on Thursday starting at 8. TCM is always worth watching; this week, even more so.