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TV Diary: TCM series a look at history of film

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 6:56 am

Film buffs are enjoying what's going on at TCM on Monday and Tuesday nights. Critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins has completed “The Story of Film: An Odyssey,” a cinematic journey that explores the beginning of film through the modern age.

Each chapter airs at 10 p.m. Mondays, with a repeat early Wednesday morning.

Tonight's chapter is titled “Chapter 5: 1939-1952 The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language.”

TCM also highlights films from that era, which air Monday and Tuesday nights.

Tonight's movies are “Stagecoach” (1939) at 8 p.m., “Chapter 5” at 10 p.m., “Citizen Kane” (1941) at 11:15 p.m., “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and “Rome, Open City” (1946) at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday night's movies are “Singin' in the Rain” (1952) at 8 p.m., “Double Indemnity” (1944) at 10 p.m., “The Bicycle Thief” (1948) at midnight, “Gun Crazy” at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, “Chapter 5” at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, “The Big Sleep” (1946) at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and “A Matter of Life and Death” (1947) at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A new chapter airs weekly through Dec. 9, and Cousins joins TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce each week's episode and discuss some of the highlights and themes.

Future films include “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), “The Graduate” (1967), “Jaws” (1975), “The Piano” (1993) and “The Gladiator” (2000).