TCM Guest Programmer (TCM) - (May 15, 2012) – Three-time Oscar® nominee Debra Winger is scheduled to discuss four diverse and fascinating films she has chosen for her night as Turner Classic Movies‘ (TCM) Guest Programmer on Tuesday, May 22: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983) and Shadowlands (1993). Winger will join TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce John Huston‘s film version of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana (1964), Wim Wenders’ rich fantasy Wings of Desire (1987), Jules Dassin‘s French heist film Rififi (1954) and the sultry film noir Gilda (1946).
The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s May 22 Guest Programmer lineup, featuring Debra Winger:
The Night of the Iguana (1964) – Winger says of John Huston’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams‘ drama a “timeless story” featuring an “incredibly hot” performance by Ava Gardner in a role Winger would love to play. Richard Burton stars as a former clergyman who now serves as a tour guide in Mexico whose job is complicated by three women, played by Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon.
Wings of Desire (1987) – Wim Wenders‘ lyrical and melancholy look at angels on earth is Winger’s favorite film. “I love that yearning to have more consequence in this world we inhabit,” she tells Osborne. The script, which follows a pair of angels pondering what it would be like to be human, is inspired by poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin and Peter Falk star.
Rififi (1955) – Jules Dassin‘s rapid-fire thriller is “my favorite heist film,” says Winger. “And it stands alone out of its genre, as well.” The story follows a group of French jewel thieves who form an uneasy alliance in order to pull a big score. Jean Servais, Carl Mohner and Magali Noel star.
Gilda (1946) – This powerful melodrama about a love triangle in South America stars Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford and George Macready. Winger praises the humanity Hayworth brings to her glamorous role. “If you look closely at her, there’s a real person there.”
Source: TCM Guest Programmer
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