31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE A’S

 

 

I opted to do something different for the TCM’s annual 31 Days of Oscar.  This year’s theme is Oscars A to Z.   First off, here are my recommendations for the best of the “A” films.  Most are available on the WATCH TCM app.  Note: I started a little late so a few of my recommendations have already expired, but most have not.  One film, All About Eve, is not on demand, but you really need to check it out.  It will be coming to select theaters for two days in March.


 

Adam’s Rib (1949)

Arguably the best of the nine Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy films.  Here they play attorneys who take opposite sides on an attempted murder case.  The defendant (Judy Holliday) tried to shoot her husband (Tom Ewell-from my hometown of Owensboro, KY!) and his mistress (Jean Hagen).  Tracy’s Adam argues that this is an open-and-shut case, while Hepburn’s Amanda counters that if the defendant were a man, he would get off saying he was trying to defend his “home.”  The subsequent trial becomes a media circus and the couple’s marriage suffers.  A great comedy about the battle of sexes and the double standard.  Who is right and who is wrong?  Maybe they are both equally right and wrong.


The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

A film to watch with the whole family.  Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood.  The most popular of the eight films he and Olivia De Havilland did together.


All About Eve(1950)

 

A juicy, detailed depiction of the backstage life of the Broadway theater.  Before you catch FX’s upcoming show, Feud, watch this as the ultimate Bette Davis performance.  Eve is one of the three films that earned the most Oscar nominations ever (14)-others include 1997’s Titanic and this year’s La La Land.  This movie has the famous quote “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”  My personal favorite is this one:

Margo Channing (Davis): “Not mouse.  Never mouse.  If anything, RAT!”


An American in Paris (1951)

The Best Picture winner of 1951.  Now on Broadway.  This film is actress Leslie Caron’s film debut.


Annie Hall (1977)

The Best Picture of 1977 and arguably Woody Allen’s masterpiece.  Also started a fashion trend.


The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

A gritty film noir showcasing how hard it is to plan a robbery and to get away with it.


Au Revoir, Les Efants (1987)

Director Louis Malle’s autobiographical film based on an incident that happened during WWII.


Auntie Mame (1958)

Rosalind Russell gives a tour-de-force performance as a bohemian woman who takes in her nephew after his father dies.  Don’t forget: “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

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