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TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014)

Ben Mankiewicz recounts great moments and memories, on-screen and off, from the twenty-year history of Turner Classic Movies.

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To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Turner Classic Movies, host Ben Mankiewicz looks back on twenty memorable moments in the history of the cable network. The retrospective covers TCM's celebrated launch, with Ted Turner flipping a switch in Times Square and Robert Osborne introducing "Gone With the Wind" as the first film to be broadcast on the channel. The special also features highlights from TCM's original programming, including "Private Screenings" interviews with Mickey Rooney, Betty Hutton, and Liza Minnelli, "Guest Programmer" segments with Hugh Hefner, Cloris Leachman, Kermit the Frog, and TCM fans, and "The Essentials" discussions with Alec Baldwin. The first TCM Classic Film Festival was a milestone in TCM's history, leading to an annual tradition of memorable moments (interviews with stars like Luise Rainer and Kim Novak, a reunion of the cast of "Deliverance", etc.) and a variety of other fan experiences like the TCM Classic Cruise and the Classic Film Bus Tour. ... Written by Jimmy L.

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Patting Themselves on the Back
28 June 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Ben Mankiewicz hosts this selection of clips to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Turner Classic Movies: on screen moments in interviews with luminaries. It's the sort of puff piece that the major studios used to turn out every few years to celebrate their anniversaries.

Although Mr. Mankiewicz is a little stiff in reading the lines off the teleprompter and some of the "classic moments" are not particularly overwhelming, it's all good. For twenty years, TCM has been the place where I get my regular fix of old movies. I tease my foreign movie fan friends who are intensely jealous of American access to these movies. So if the people at TCM want to pat themselves on the back, I hope they don't break their arms doing it.


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