Tomorrow, April 16, 2009, Turner Classic Movies is showing three of the Chaplin movies I recommended in a list of twenty introductory silent movies: The Kid, The Gold Rush and Modern Times. They air at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. respectively (note: the fourth film on the list, City Lights, is on TCM Sunday at midnight).
In fact, Chaplin is on all day, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Set the DVR or call in sick. No matter what Tony Blair might have said, there's no third way.
The schedule as listed on the Turner Classic Movie website:
6:00 AM Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) 7:15 AM Dog's Life, A (1918) 8:00 AM Day's Pleasure, A (1919) 8:30 AM Kid, The (1921) 9:30 AM Pay Day (1922) 10:00 AM Woman of Paris, A (1923) 11:19 AM Short Film: Movie Album #1, The (1935) 11:30 AM Gold Rush, The (1925) 12:45 PM Modern Times (1936) 2:15 PM Great Dictator, The (1940) 4:15 PM King in New York, A (1957) 6:00 PM Short Film: Chaplin Revue, The (1959)
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners as well as links to my essays about them, click here.
Remember: There are no wrong answers, only movies you haven't seen yet.
The Silent Oscars
And don't forget to check out the Silent Oscars—my year-by-year choices for best picture, director and all four acting categories for the pre-Oscar years, 1902-1927.
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?