Here’s what Daniel recommended on his show today.
Dodsworth – On Turner Classic Movies tonight.
To escape an empty nest, an automobile tycoon (Walter Huston) and his forty-something wife (Ruth Chatterton) plan a luxurious vacation in Europe. But as Mrs. Dodsworth embarks on a series of indiscretions — including a romance with a gigolo — it becomes apparent that the couple’s plans for their golden years don’t mesh. From director William Wyler, the film is based on the best-selling novel by Sinclair Lewis and an acclaimed stage play.
A Prairie Home Companion – On HBO tonight. From director Robert Altman comes this quirky piece of fiction based on the real-life radio program of the same name, with a wry screenplay penned by the show’s host, Garrison Keillor. Supported by a high-powered cast that includes Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, John C. Reilly, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Kline, Keillor also stars in this behind-the-scenes look at the mayhem surrounding the folksy program’s final broadcast.
Das Boot – On American Movie Classics tonight. Nominated for six Academy Awards, this edge-of-your-seat German-language triumph follows the trials of a German U-boat crew during World War II. Upon its restored re-release in 1997, an hour was added to the original film, which surprisingly augmented its impact. It also played as a six-hour German miniseries. In all its forms, the realistic and gripping battle scenes and palpable human struggle make Das Boot a critical hit.
The Enemy Below – Also on American Movie Classics tonight. In this World War II film, Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are two captains with extraordinary abilities who each command a vessel during the Battle of the Atlantic. Only problem is, they’re commanding two vessels on opposite sides of the battlefield — the USS Haynes and a German U-boat. Who will prevail?