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A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  2 October 2009 (USA)
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A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE SUSPENSEFUL WORLD OF THRILLERS will look at thrillers from all sides, including different types of thrillers and the stylistic tools filmmakers use to give their audiences a shot of adrenaline. The special will feature interviews with such figures as TCM host Robert Osborne; Ken Follett, author of Eye of the Needle; Bryan Singer, writer and director of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie; Diablo Cody, writer and producer of the upcoming film Jennifer's Body; Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Dead Again; Mel Brooks, writer, director and star of the Hitchcock spoof High Anxiety; David Koepp, writer-director of Stir of Echoes; Norman Lloyd, star of Hitchcock's Saboteur and producer and director for the Alfred Hitchcock television series; Martin Landau, co-star of Hitchcock's North by Northwest; Ileanna Douglas, co-star of Cape Fear and Stir of Echoes; Scott Frank, screenwriter of Minority Report and director of The Lookout. Written by ATOM

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Hawk Koch mentions that Frank Sinatra wondered till the day he died if The Manchurian Candidate (1962) had inspired John F. Kennedy's assassination. This is the common misconception that has long been thought of Sinatra's movie Suddenly (1954), in which Sinatra plays a man paid to shoot the president. See more »

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When Scott Frank talks about The Parallax View, he says that Warren Beatty's girlfriend contacts him 10 years after the assassination. However in "The Parallax View" the correct amount of time that passes is only three years. See more »

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2 July 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Suspenseful World of Thrillers, The (2009)

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Extremely disappointing entry in Turner Classic Movies "A Night at the Movies" documentary series. Needless to say, this episode takes a look at the thrillers we've grown to love over the years and we hear thoughts on countless Alfred Hitchcock films, a few Fritz Lang movies plus other thrillers like FATAL ATTRACTION, BASIC INSTINCT, WAIT UNTIL DARK and GASLIGHT. Robert Osborne, Bryan Singer, Diablo Cody, Mel Brooks, Kenneth Branagh, Martin Landau, Ileanna Douglas and Ken Follett are among the talking heads giving their opinions on various films. OK, Turner Classic Movies usually deliver some of the greatest documentaries out there but this thing here is a complete misfire for several reasons. For starters, if someone that doesn't know too much about the genre was to watch this movie, they'd walk away thinking that there weren't any thrillers until Alfred Hitchcock came along. This is so incredibly false as there were thrillers twenty years before Hitchcock. This documentary also gives the impression that Hitchcock made THE LODGER and then set off on a career of thrillers when the truth is that he settled outside the genre for years before going back to it. Another problem with the film is that the movies talked about appear to have been drawn out of a hat because we jump around so much that a history lesson is impossible. We jump from PSYCHO to WAIT UNTIL DARK without any mention of anything made in between. The biggest problem, perhaps, is that the thing runs under an hour so it's impossible for an entire genre to be covered in such a short amount of time. If you've never seen a thriller in your life then you might pick up a few great rentals but I'm willing to bet that the majority of the people watching this thing are going to know far more than is actually taught here. A major disappointment and I hope upcoming entries are better.


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