TCM Classic Film Festival 2019: Part One, by David Bax

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  1. Ana Roland says:

    Enjoyed reading. Truffaut’s Day for Night ( La Nuit américaine, 1973) was screened this year. Jean-Pierre Melville’s When You Read This Letter (Quand tu liras cette lettre, 1953) screened last year. Julien Duvivier’s Panique (1946) played the year before that. JeanLuc Godard’s Bande à Part has screened at the festival with Anna Karina introducing the film. French films have been making the schedule at TCM. Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood screened last year. These are just the films I can remember off the top of my head.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Oh, I know TCM screens them! My point was that they are often under-attended. That screening of Bande a Part, even with Anna Karina, was barely more than half full.

      – David

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    By 1942 America would have already entered the war. And Dachau was known at the time as a prison camp for political prisoners. By that year there would have also been mass executions of Soviet prisoners, and the majority of inmates would have been Polish (although the highest death tolls would be in camps located in Poland itself), but Americans likely would have less awareness of the eastern front.

    German subversion appears to have been relatively ineffective in other countries. They were really outclassed in terms of intelligence operations by both England & Russia. Unfortunately Stalin ignored the reports he was getting about Operation Barbarossa, which was presumably the only time in his career he was insufficiently paranoid.

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