May continues to shine – Popcorn Talk’s TCM Movies this Week spotlights Mother’s Day with Classic films like Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford and Stella Dallas with Barbara Stanwyck

Written by: Tami Goveia – May 7th, 2020 8:59pm pst

PTN on TCM this Week: 5 Must See Movies 

This week on TCM:

Airing Friday, May 8th (All times are PST)

5:00am – The Man I Love (1947)

Synopsis: A night-club singer gets involved with a mobster. (TCM)

Whether Ida Lapino is in front of the camera as an actress or behind the camera as one Hollywood’s pioneering female film directors, you will always be guaranteed a gutsy performance and a memorable film. The other two stars of this film are its Gershwin soundtrack which include Body and Soul and the film title, The Man I Love. If the 5am PST airtime is too early for you, set your DVR. Do you like film trivia? This film was an inspiration for Martin Scorsese and his film New York New York.  

 Enjoy a synopsis and review from film critic and historian Leonard Maltin+

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Mildred Pierce was a 1945 film released by Warner Bros and starred Joan Crawford in the titular role. It’s based on the novel of the same name by James M. Cain. Mildred Pierce was actually Joan Crawford’s first film with Warner Bros after she was released by MGM. At MGM, Louis B. Mayer had seemingly given up on her career in favor of newer, younger actresses. Crawford would have the last laugh though, as she would win the Academy Award for Best Actress for Mildred Pierce. Her co-stars include Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, and Ann Blyth. Both Eve Arden and Ann Blyth would both be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. In my own personal opinion, my vote would go for Ann Blyth. Her performance as Veda, the spoiled older daughter to Joan Crawford’s Mildred Pierce, was cold and chilling, perfect for a film noir classic. In 1996, the film was deemed, “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry. #mildredpierce #joancrawford #jackcarson #zacharyscott #evearden #annblyth #tcm #filmnoir #warnerbros #mgm #louisbmayer #oscar #bestactress #bestsupportingactress #libraryofcongress #nationalfilmregistry #vintage #oldhollywood #hollywood #cinema #film #movies #blackandwhite #classiccinema #classichollywood #classicfilm #goldenage #goldenageofhollywood #goldenagefilm #goldenagecinema

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Airing Saturday, May 9th

9:00pm – Mildred Pierce (1945)

Synopsis: A woman turns herself into a business tycoon to win her selfish daughter a place in society. (TCM)

While Joan Crawford is clearly the star of this film I would be remiss if I didn’t spotlight the ensemble cast and it’s perfect synergy. Ann Blyth as Veda, Mildred’s spoiled child, is wickedly wonderful and the chemistry between the two is perfection. In an interview Blyth said working with Crawford was a wonderful experience. She was a consummate professional and generous actor. This tale of familial betrayal and deception is truly a classic film essential.

Enjoy a synopsis and review from film critic and historian Leonard Maltin+

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'The Magnificent Ambersons' fue la película de Orson Welles que siguió a 'Citizen Kane'. Y mientras que tod@s apreciamos la importancia de su primer trabajo, debemos admitir que su segundo largometraje ha sido igual de influyente. Welles adapta una novela sobre una familia en plena época de la industrialización Norteamericana, ilustrada por el advenimiento de los automoviles y cómo esta afecta su bienestar antes incuestionable. Comenzando con un pequeño prólogo introductorio en la década de 1870, asombrosamente filmado de modo tal que pareciera traído de los primeros días del cinematografo, tras un salto temporal de unas dos décadas la película nos sitúa ya en la acción, mostrándonos los conflictos ascendientes de los Ambersons y los fantasmas del pasado que parecieran acechar ese bienestar antes mencionado. A pesar de desarrollarse con cierta lentitud que de a momentos sí se siente pesada, pasando la mitad del metraje y ciertamente cerca del final, el verdadero potencial de 'The Magnificent Ambersons' queda en evidencia demostrando tanto el conflicto social ante el que todos los que sobrevivian con métodos ahora arcaicos se enfrentaría, asi como también las micro-consecuencias en cada individuo. Lo de Orson Welles tal vez sea un caso irrepetible en la historia del cine mundial, un director que de la nada y con sus dos primeras películas logró tal éxito e influencia que no sería descabellado tildarlo como un genio, y uno de los pocos, sino el único realmente merecedor, de ser catálogado como director de 'Cine De Autor' en EEUU tras los pioneros del cine… #OrsonWelles #TheMagnificentAmbersons #JosephCotten #EnamoradoDelCeluloide #CineDeLos40s #CineClasico #HollywoodClasico #CriticaDeCine #Review #MovieReview

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Airing Sunday, May 10th

9:15am The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Synopsis: A possessive son’s efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family. (TCM)

Directed by Orson Welles and starring Joseph Cotton and Anne Baxter, this is Orson Welles follow-up to his groundbreaking film Citizen Kane. The behind the scenes drama of getting this film made is just as magnificent as the Ambersons story itself. I loved it frame for frame as, yet again, Welles breaks ground with his use of cinematography, sound, and his narrative genius. It’s a film that clearly stands on its own, however undoubtedly it has the stamp of Orson Welles written all over it. It’s a Must See for film buffs.

Enjoy a synopsis and review from film critic and historian Leonard Maltin

Airing Sunday, May 10th

7:30pm – Stella Dallas (1937) 

Synopsis: After divorcing a society man, a small-town woman tries to build a better life for their daughter. (TCM)

This is quintessential Barbara Stanwyck. As Stella Dallas she is smart and fierce, while being heartbreakingly vulnerable. The mother/daughter relationship in this film is a treasure and the tale of what a mother will do to ensure the happiness of her child is beautiful and heart-rending.

Enjoy a synopsis and review from film critic and historian Leonard Maltin

Airing Tuesday, May 12th

3:00pm – Woman of the Year (1942)

Synopsis: Opposites distract when a sophisticated political columnist falls for a sportswriter. (TCM)

This was the first film pairing of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy; Unquestionably, one of Hollywood’s most beloved screen couples. The story of Tess Harding (Katherine Hepburn) , a career driven woman who meets her surprising match in sportswriter, Sam Craig (Spencer Tracy) is a script that fires on all pistons from beginning to end. Every moment on screen that Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy share together is magic. And the scene with Tess attempting to make breakfast for Sam is truly cinematic gold. 

Enjoy a synopsis and review from film critic and historian Leonard Maltin

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About The Author:

Tami Goveia is a producer, writer and entertainment host for AfterbuzzTV. Classic film and television are her passion, napping is her indulgence and saving all rescues is her mission.

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