Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 31 Days of Oscar On Turner Movie Classics,

Turner Classic Movies
' Annual 31 DAYS OF OSCAR® Film Festival
Takes Viewers to TCM University for a Cinematic Education
In More than 90 Different Subjects

Network to Devote Each Night in February to a Different Academic Field,
With Academy Award®-Winning and Nominated Films Serving as Course Curriculum

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) fans hoping to learn all those things they never got around to studying in school can have their chance in February, when the network's 31 DAYS OF OSCAR®takes viewers to TCM University. The annual festival, which boasts hundreds of Academy Award®-winning and nominated films, will become the ultimate classroom, with each day devoted to a different academic field, from economics and biology to music appreciation and world history.

Robert Osborne, TCM host, official biographer of the Academy Awards® and the Academy's red carpet greeter, will serve as professor throughout the month, presenting more than 350 movies to educate viewers in 93 different courses.

Highlights include classes in mass media (1951's Ace in the Hole and 1979's The China Syndrome); reproductive biology (1944's The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and 1966's Georgy Girl); nuclear physics (1950's Seven Days to Noon and 1963Â's Dr. Strangelove); the reach and influence of Nazi Germany (1942's Casablanca and 1943's Sahara); 20th century British authors (1959's Room at the Top and 1991's Enchanted April); military law (1937's The Life of Emile Zola and 1954's The Caine Mutiny); speech and language development (1938's Pygmalion and 1964's My Fair Lady); acting (1937's Stage Door and 1993's The Dresser); and farm planning and management (1941's The Devil and Daniel Websterand 1955's East of Eden).

"Each year, we look forward to coming up with a unique way to present our unrivaled and ever-expanding collection of Oscar-caliber films," said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. Â"The 15th edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR proves that movies can do so much more than just entertain. They can provide keen insights on the world around us, inform us about great events of the past, help us get into the minds of historical figures and introduce us to compelling ideas."

More than 25 titles will make their first appearance on TCM during 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, including Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (Feb. 5); the colorful musical LiÂ'l Abner (Feb. 6); the gritty urban drama Boyz N the Hood (Feb. 8); Lawrence Olivier's stunning adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III (Feb. 10); the passionate drama Room at the Top (Feb. 10); the delightful romanceEnchanted April (Feb. 10); Alec Guinness' hilarious comedy The Horse's Mouth (Feb. 15); Louis MalleÂ's controversial Pretty Baby (Feb. 15); Barry Levinson's Bugsy (Feb. 16); adaptations of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (Feb. 19), Stephen Vincent Benet's The Devil and Daniel Webster (Feb. 23) and John Steinbeck's East of Eden (Feb. 23); Kon Ichikawa's anti-war classic The Burmese Harp (Feb. 24); and Jim Sheridan's heart-wrenching My Left Foot (Feb. 25).

The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET)/ 5 p.m. (PT) on ABC.

There is also a Sweepstakes if your go to the TCM website :