COHEN FILM CLASSICS will offer viewers a chance to see some of the most iconic films that defined the twentieth century cinema landscape. It will feature the biggest names in entertainment, including Alfred Hitchcock, Vivien Leigh, Fritza Lang, Laurence Olivier, Luc Besson and more. The series is hosted by Charles S. Cohen, president & CEO of Cohen Media Group, producer and distributor of critically acclaimed arthouse, foreign and classic films.
To bring this series to life, Cohen, who is also an influential patron, innovator and visionary of culture and the arts, selected several stunning works from the vault of over 700 titles featured in the Cohen Film Collection to create a curated mix of ten films that will include the best of documentaries, musicals, comedies, animation, dramas and avant-garde works.
The series will debut with the television premiere of Academy Award® winner Chuck Workman’s(“Precious Images,” “The Source,” “Superstar”) documentary “What is Cinema?” This insightful documentary tackles the question of its title through more than 100 clips, archival interviews and new insights from some of the most notable names in films including Mike Leigh, Robert Altmanand Akira Kurosawa. During the premiere, KCET and Link TV will air an exclusive interview with Workman about his work and the documentary.
Following the premiere of “What is Cinema” on Jan. 27, the February lineup will telecast as follows (*lineup subject to change):
“Sudden Fear (1952)” – Feb. 3, 2017 – immediately follows KCET MUST SEE! Movies at 8 p.m. PT on KCET and at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV:
The story of a successful Broadway playwright (Joan Crawford) who rejects a young actor (Jack Palance), only to later fall in love and marry him. When the young actor learns that she plans to leave her fortune to a charity when she dies, he conspires with an old girlfriend to have her killed.
“Hangmen Also Die (1943)” – Feb. 10, 2017 – immediately follows KCET MUST SEE! Movies at 8 p.m. PT on KCET and 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV:
Fritz Lang’s noir espionage thriller set in occupied Czechoslovakia revolves around the plot by the Resistance to assassinate Deputy Reich-Protector “Hangman” Reinhard Heydrich and the hunt by the Gestapo to track down the killers.
“The Lady (2012)” – Feb. 17, 2017 – immediately follows KCET MUST SEE! Movies at 8 p.m. PT on KCET and 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV:
Luc Besson directs the political drama that tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement, and follows her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris (David Thewlis).
“Fire Over England (1937)” – Feb. 24, 2017 – immediately follows KCET MUST SEE! Movies at 8 p.m. PT on KCET and 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV:
During the reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth I, a young naval officer (Laurence Olivier) spies on the Spanish and discovers their plans to send the Armada against England. This wins him the love of the Queen’s lady-in-waiting (Vivien Leigh) as he takes the British fleet into battle.
COHEN FILM CLASSICS will rounds out exciting Friday Movie Night lineup on KCET.
Premieres Fri., Jan 27 at 10 p.m. PT on KCET and airing nationwide at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DISH Network 9410, DirecTV 375.
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