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October 04, 2004

I Take the Cue from Certain People I Know

by Ron Hogan

Bookslut, another NYTBR-approved website, observes that Turner Classic Movies is unreeling a Graham Greene marathon one week from tonight, in celebration of his centennial. Jessa tells us, at least until she figures out what she's done, "They'll be showing seven films, from The Thin Man to Travels With My Aunt."

Strictly speaking, though, The Thin Man probably wouldn't have been quite as much fun if William Powell's prodiguous drinking were enhanced with Greene's trademark Catholicism and guilt-ridden adultery. But I wouldn't have minded hearing him make Orson Welles' cuckoo clock speech from The Third Man, which is part of the tribute. Anyway, the lineup looks great, though I wouldn't have minded a chance to see unavailable-on-DVD Greene adaptations like The Human Factor, directed by Otto Preminger from a Tom Stoppard screenplay. Or Greene's other great collaboration with Carol Reed, Our Man in Havana, which does at least show up on other cable channels from time to time.

UPDATE: Jessa emails, "As much as I enjoy it when bloggers pick up on typos (that I myself catch about ten minutes after I make them) and broadcast them on their blog, think you can give me some credit for not being an idiot?" Duly noted, and I'm glad for some evidence that she's finally reading the site!


No Fallen Idol either, dammit.

Posted by: Sam at October 4, 2004 05:23 PM

Yeah, like Sam, I was about to bemoan their decision not to air Graham Greene's "American Idol."

Posted by: Ed at October 4, 2004 06:04 PM

What about Dashiell Hammett's THE THIRD MAN? Bet that'd be mighty interesting as well....

Posted by: Sarah at October 4, 2004 06:56 PM
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