One of my favorites from today’s (Tuesday, Feb. 16) “31 Days of Oscar” schedule on Turner Classic Movies is in the afternoon.
If you can’t watch it then, I would encourage you to record it or watch it on the TCM app. It’s worth it.
3:45 p.m. (CST) — “Grand Prix” (1966) — I consider this the best racing film ever made. It follows Formula One racing through a season at Europe’s top racetracks. Director John Frankheimer made sure the viewer got the most realistic sights and sounds of racing and so it’s no surprise the film won Oscars for best sound, best sound effects and best film editing. The movie’s all-star cast consisted of James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, Yves Montand, Antonio Sabato and Brian Bedford. The characters and the storylines involving them off the racetrack are poorly written and superficial. But one watches “Grand Prix” for the racing.
7 p.m. — “On The Waterfront” (1954) — This is one of my all-time favorite movies and gets a spot in a group of what I consider perfect movies. Marlon Brando portrays Terry Malloy, a longshoreman on the New Jersey docks, who is torn between doing the right thing or let life go on as usual as the mob controls with an iron fist the longshoremen’s union and what goes on on the docks on the New Jersey waterfronts. The film won eight Oscars including best picture, best director for Elia Kazan, best actor for Brando and best supporting actress for Eva Marie Saint in her first movie. Karl Malden who played Father Barry, the neighborhood priest, should have gotten an Oscar on just his monologue early in the film after a longshoreman is murdered in the cargo hold of a ship. I’ve taken two acting classes before and would have loved to have done that monologue for an evaluation. It’s a perfect combination of acting, directing and writing. The best supporting actor category was extremely competitive that year with Lee J. Cobb, as the corrupt union boss in the movie, and Rod Steiger, portraying Malloy’s mobster brother, also nominated. Edmond O’Brien won for “The Barefoot Contessa” and Tom Tully was also nominated for “The Caine Mutiny.” It would have been a very tough vote, but I have always been in awe of Malden’s performance and everyone else’s in “On The Waterfront.” And to top it off, Leonard Bernstein’s score is a perfect cover for the movie and a good listen even if one is not watching the film.
UNTIL NEXT TIME. . .