TCM Ultimate Fan Videos and Selected Guest Programmers

TCM ULTIMATE FAN VIDEOS OF SELECTED GUEST PROGRAMMERS

TCM’s 20th Anniversary Guest Programmers…

TCM’s Ultimate Fan Video Contest was definitely a success this year with more than 300 entries from all over the United States. The 90 seconds (or less) videos had to follow the strict rules discussed on the contest website, and entrants had from October 1st to October 31st to create their own Ultimate Fan Videos. Some videos of winning programmers no longer have valid links in the TCM Ultimate Fan Video Gallery, but some are still accessible, and have been included here:

Steve Hayes, from New York, N.Y., entered his fan video supporting Kings’ Row, but he is co-hosting a different film on Monday, April 7, at 1:30 a.m. It’s 1954’s Them! : http://fancontest.tcm.com/Entries/view/177/sort:entry_vote_count/direction:dir
Hayes also has a popular Youtube series: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VuH8bMCpLxo

Onalee McGraw, from Front Royal, Virginia, chose 1957’s 12 Angry Men, and will be introducing it during her Guest Programming spot in the TCM limelight at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9: http://fancontest.tcm.com/Entries/view/311/sort:entry_vote_count/direction:dir

Robert Best, of Los Angeles, California, chose The Umbrellas of Cherbourg for his Ultimate Fan Video, and it’s also the same film he will introduce with Robert Osborne at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 10: http://fancontest.tcm.com/Entries/view/270/sort:entry_vote_count/direction:dir

On midnight, April 11, Alberto Ferreras will host his favorite film, and the subject of his Ultimate Fan Video, Nights of Cabiria: http://fancontest.tcm.com/Entries/view/273/sort:entry_vote_count/direction:dir

Actor Glenn Taranto performed in The Donovan Affair at the Turner Classic Film Festival 2014…

Glenn Taranto, from Culver City, California, chose Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein for his Ultimate Fan Video, but he will introduce a TCM premiere, Went the Day Well (1942) another of Taranto’s favorites, at midnight on Wednesday, April 9. Turner Classic Film Festival pass holders might remember Taranto as he appeared at last year’s festival in the popular production of The Donovan Affair. His video is characterized by a busy street scene in LA: http://fancontest.tcm.com/entries/view/91/sort:entry_vote_count/direction:dir

TCM’s Ultimate Fan Video Grand Prize Winner on the TCMFF Red Carpet in a lovely vintage gown after her big win…
TCM Ultimate Fan Video winner Tiffany Vasquez hails from New, York, N.Y., and chose The Naked City for the subject of her entry video, filmed in black and white. Vasquez will be the first Guest Programmer featured on Monday, April 7th, at 8 p.m.: http://fancontest.tcm.com/Entries/view/84/sort:entry_vote_count/direction:dir
Comments on the contest announcement page discussed the contest entrants and Tiffany’s award-winning video: “Judges were impressed with Tiffany’s content, staging and creative use of effects, which resulted in the video looking like the movie she discussed. As the grand prize winner, Tiffany will have the opportunity to co-host a film on air with TCM host Robert Osborne, as well as introduce a film at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April 2014. The response to this contest was tremendous, and the panel of judges was thrilled to see the passion and creativity of TCM fans. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to Tiffany!”

Tiffany receives an all-expense paid trip to the Turner Classic Film Festival 2014 for her efforts. Congratulatons!

UPDATED FILM LIST SELECTIONS FOR THE TCM ULTIMATE FAN CONTEST: https://suesueapplegate.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/updated-film-title-list-for-the-tcm-ultimate-fan-contest/
THE FIRST 15 GUEST PROGRAMMERS: https://suesueapplegate.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/the-first-15-tcm-guest-programmers/
ULTIMATE FAN VIDEO POPULAR FILMS LIST: https://suesueapplegate.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/updated-film-title-list-for-the-tcm-ultimate-fan-contest/
GUEST PROGRAMMER SCHEDULE AND TCM PRESS RELEASE, 1-31-2014: http://news.turner.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=6618
OFFICIAL RULES: http://fancontest.tcm.com/pages/rules
TCM ULTIMATE FAN VIDEO GALLERY: http://fancontest.tcm.com/entries

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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS —TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon….


“With a little common sense, you could have made a statesman,” claims Orson Welles as Cardinal Wolsey as he redresses Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More for opposing him during a council meeting.

And that simple phrase sums up the worldly view of a man who had a conscience and an “intolerable moral squint.”

Robert Bolt’s play of the same name was adapted for the screen by the playwright himself, and he made adjustments to the script by adding a few scenes crucial to the narrative once he removed the play’s narrator, the Common Man, a role Leo McKern originated on the stage both in London and New York. McKern was then employed as “Master Cromwell,” who replaced Wolsey after Wolsey couldn’t perform the task of resolving the matter of King Henry VIII’s divorce.

But the showcase role, which earned Paul Scofield an Academy Award, was not initially awarded to Scofield. Sir Richard Burton was first considered, but he turned them down flat with his Welsh pragmatism. Even Sir Laurence Olivier regarded the role as that of Scofield’s and eventually the powers that be, who felt Scofield not a well-known enough actor required to carry such a financial expenditure, acquiesced.

A Renaissance man, Sir Thomas More, was confident in his beliefs about God and man, and refused King Henry’s demands for More’s oath of allegiance to the Act of Succession:

“I (state you name) do utterly testifie and declare in my Conscience, that the Kings Highnesse is the onely Supreame Governour of this Realme, and all other his Highnesse Dominions and Countries, as well in all Spirituall or Ecclesiasticall things or causes, as Temporall: And that no forraine Prince, Person, Prelate, State or Potentate, hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiorities, Preeminence or Authority Ecclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realme. And therefore, I do utterly renounce and forsake all Jurisdictions, Powers, Superiorities, or Authorities; and do promise that from henchforth I shall beare faith and true Allegiance to the Kings Highnesse, his Heires and lawfull Successors: and to my power shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Priviledges, Preheminences and Authorities granted or belonging to the Kings Highnesse, his Heires and Successors or united and annexed to the Imperial Crowne of the Realme: so helpe me God: and by the Contents of this Booke.”

More’s defense at his trial included references to the Magna Carta, The Bible, and the King’s own Act of Supremacy in 1535.

Director Fred Zinneman and Actor Paul Scofield on the set of A Man For All Seasons..

Paul Scofield’s performance, both staid and erudite, passive at moments, and passionate at others, reveals how a man of conscience deals with power mongers of any century. Originating the stage role in Bolt’s play, A Man For All Seasons, his portrayal of More on the boards received acclaim on both sides of the pond.

Richard Rich, the ambitious backwater politician, is seen as the man instigating the conflict and downfall of More at the hands of Cromwell, and John Hurt’s first screen role as Rich, makes us feel his burning ambition, and that anyone who steps in his path, even a man as righteous as More, will be undone. Hurt’s moment of high perjury as Rich is the catalyst for Scofield’s most impassioned speech during A Man For All Seasons, and without Hurt’s grabbing and scratching for supremacy in the theatre of men as Richard Rich, More’s shock at Rich’s blatancy evolved to the passion and erudition of More’s final speech before Parliament.

Scofield received many acting awards and honors during his lifetime, but was very selective about his screen choices. His 1962 performance of King Lear on the British stage was voted the best stage performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in a poll encompassing 400 years of performances, and voters included some of the greatest stage actors of our times.(Judi Dench’s Lady Macbeth came in second.) Scofield did not seek the limelight, or awards, but he did seek to find roles that were memorable and rewarding, and viewers of A Man For All Seasons are the recipients of Scofield’s nuanced performance and dedication to his craft.

A portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein The Younger commissioned in 1527…

A Man For All Seasons won six Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinneman), Best Actor for Paul Scofield, Best Costume Design (Elizabeth Haffenden and Joan Bridge), Best Screenplay from another medium for Robert Bolt, and Best Cinematography (Ted Moore).

It’s on today on TCM! Check the schedule for local screenings: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/

Scofield’s biography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006890/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

A Man For All Seasons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_for_All_Seasons_(1966_film)

The Royal Shakespeare Poll: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1469918/Scofields-Lear-voted-the-greatest-Shakespeare-performance.html

More tropes about the play and film: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Theatre/AManForAllSeasons

The Trial of Sir Thomas More: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/more/more.html

A Facebook page and safe haven for all fans of A Man For All Seasons created by Sam Loomis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/267080256773209/


Part of the The 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon…

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