Turner Classic Movies‘ Annual 31 DAYS OF OSCAR® Film Festival
Takes Viewers to TCM University for a Cinematic Education
In More than 90 Different Subjects
Network to Devote Each Night in February to a Different Academic Field,
With Academy Award®-Winning and Nominated Films Serving as Course Curriculum
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) fans hoping to learn all those things they never got around to studying in school can have their chance in February, when the network’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR®takes viewers to TCM University. The annual festival, which boasts hundreds of Academy Award®-winning and nominated films, will become the ultimate classroom, with each day devoted to a different academic field, from economics and biology to music appreciation and world history.
Robert Osborne, TCM host, official biographer of the Academy Awards® and the Academy’s red carpet greeter, will serve as professor throughout the month, presenting more than 350 movies to educate viewers in 93 different courses. Highlights include classes in mass media (1951’s Ace in the Hole and 1979’s The China Syndrome); reproductive biology (1944’s The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and 1966’s Georgy Girl); nuclear physics (1950’s Seven Days to Noon and 1963Â’s Dr. Strangelove); the reach and influence of Nazi Germany (1942’s Casablanca and 1943’s Sahara); 20th century British authors (1959’s Room at the Top and 1991’s Enchanted April); military law (1937’s The Life of Emile Zola and 1954’s The Caine Mutiny); speech and language development (1938’s Pygmalion and 1964’s My Fair Lady); acting (1937’s Stage Door and 1993’s The Dresser); and farm planning and management (1941’s The Devil and Daniel Websterand 1955’s East of Eden). A complete schedule is attached.
“Each year, we look forward to coming up with a unique way to present our unrivaled and ever-expanding collection of Oscar-caliber films,” said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. Â”The 15th edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR proves that movies can do so much more than just entertain. They can provide keen insights on the world around us, inform us about great events of the past, help us get into the minds of historical figures and introduce us to compelling ideas.”
More than 25 titles will make their first appearance on TCM during 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, including:
Lawrence Olivier’s stunning adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III (Feb. 10);
the passionate drama Room at the Top (Feb. 10);
the delightful romance Enchanted April (Feb. 10);
Alec Guinness’ hilarious comedy The Horse’s Mouth (Feb. 15);
Louis MalleÂ’s controversial Pretty Baby (Feb. 15);
Barry Levinson’s Bugsy (Feb. 16);
adaptations of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (Feb. 19)
Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster (Feb. 23)
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (Feb. 23);
Kon Ichikawa’s anti-war classic The Burmese Harp (Feb. 24);
Jim Sheridan’s heart-wrenching My Left Foot (Feb. 25).
The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET)/ 5 p.m. (PT) on ABC.
Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the 1920s through the 1990s, uncut and commercial-free. The network also offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, including Martin Scorsese Presents: Val Lewton-The Man in the Shadows, the Emmy®-winning Stardust: The Bette Davis Storyand the Emmy-nominated Brando. More information is available at tcm.com.
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