Saturday Night at the Movies (1974– )
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Seated in a comfortable chair, Elwy Yost introduces a double bill of old movies every Saturday night. For many years, his trademark phrase was, "Now it's time to turn those lights down a wee bit low." The films are usually American, sometimes British, very, very rarely Canadian. Each double bill encompasses a certain theme. There may sometimes be guests in the studio to discuss the theme. Taped interviews with filmmakers, performers, and critics may pursue the theme. Interviews also relate to the making of the films on that night's double bill. Very frequent interview subjects are American critics Leonard Maltin and Charles Champlin, plus many older performers, directors, screenwriters, and so on rarely, if ever, seen elsewhere. The show's interview archive is very extensive, and one such interview was used in the 1999 Academy Awards presentation. The interviews are run between the two films, and afterwards. In the very early days, short subjects or experimental films would sometimes follow the two features, but that practice was discontinued.
Saturday Night at the Movies, Canada's longest-running movie program, offers an intimate look into how films are made and explores themes that relate to us on a social, political and cultural level, and reflect how we live our lives today. Every Saturday night, the program airs a double-bill of uncut movies with "The Interviews," a segment in-between featuring explorations into and discussions about how movies are made. This 2008/09 seasons marks the celebration of the series' 35th on the air - a landmark in Canadian broadcasting - as SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES continues to be the highest-rated program on the network. Over the years, SNAM has had the privilege of interviewing many of Hollywood's greatest actors, actresses, directors, writers, producers, and cinematographers, including William Goldman, Ray Bradbury, John Sayles, Martin Short, Penny Marshall, Ivan Retiman, Robert Towne, Catherine O'Hara, Cybill Sheppard, Norman Jewison, Crispin Glover, Eli Roth, Michael Madsen, Gary Busey, Mel Brooks, Donald Sutherland, William Friedkin, and John Singleton, amounting to over 1,300 interviews to date. Interviews in the upcoming 2008/09 season will feature Eileen Atkins, Imelda Staunton, Joe Regalbuto, Richard Schiff, Stacey Keach, Oliver Stone, Wesley Strick, Mariel Hemingway, Kevin Reynolds, Ione Sky, and others honoring the show with their insights and discussion.
Classic movies are shown uninterrupted with interviews and commentary presented between the features.
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