[tv] Sunday, 30 June 2013 : The programme on tv this evening

Each day, the writing of the Blog Cinema advise you 2 movies to see on tv that night : a film on all of the channels, and another one exclusively on TNT, so not to injure anyone.

In the programme tonight : The Predators on Arte and the Philadelphia on TCM Cinema.

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  • ON TNT


On Arte at 20: 45 cet

Technical data sheet

Original title : The Hunger

Achievement : Tony Scott

Screenplay : James Costigan, Ivan Davis, Michael Thomas

Main actors : Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

Production companies : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peerford Ltd.

Country of origin : United Kingdom

Genre : Fantasy

Released : July 13, 1983

Duration : 97 minutes


In New York, the beautiful and elegant Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) lives a life of luxury and idle at the side of her husband John (David Bowie). In reality older than 3 000 years ago, it must, every 7 days, to drink human blood to maintain with time. It uses, to do this, a small pendant in the shape of a key of the Ankh that she wears around her neck and which conceals a sharp blade, which allows him to cut the throats of his victims. She offered, there are three hundred years, immortality to her husband. However, if it can give immortality to those she has chosen, she cannot guarantee that they will always love, then that love is the ultimate ingredient of a subtle alchemy, which assures them of not getting old. The end of the twentieth century, after three centuries of common life and happy, John Blaylock begins to feel the reality of an aging and accelerated, and will stop most, without leading to his death. In effect, Miriam fell under the spell of the seductive Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), a doctor who specializes in aging, which accesses a awareness new with his latest book. John tries to contact her to try to escape the inevitable.


First filmmaking of Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott of which we feel the influence to each plan, the film, despite its distribution, prestigious, was a critical and commercial failure on its release in the dining room. Dark intrigue and death-dealing as well as a sophisticated aesthetics and ice have failed to find an audience. But the work won over the years, a special aura in the context of american cinema of the 1980s, horror films and gay cinema, being also recovered by the gothic movement.

At the beginning of the film, you can hear a famous song of the group of gothic rock Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi”s dead, in a nod to one of the most famous interpreters of movies of the vampire.

The film includes a scene of sapphic love between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. The scene has become famous in part thanks to the duo of women extract from the opera Lakmé by Léo Delibes, which one hears during that Miriam Blaylock transmits its power to Sarah Roberts by a gentle bite to the crook of the arm. Susan Sarandon comments on this passage in the documentary film of 1995 The Celluloid Closet, devoted to homosexuality in the cinema, including hollywood. Predators is one of those few films that have made Catherine Deneuve the status, enjoyed by the actress herself according to his words, icon, lesbian, and gay.

This is the last film in which Bessie Love, the former star of the silent.

Tony Scott produced between 1997 and 2000, a television series, also titled The Predators in French and The Hunger in English, and devoted to the theme of vampirism. David Bowie took the role of narrator in the second season. Despite a title and a theme in common, the series did not resume not the story, nor the characters in the film.

The producers wanted to the original that Alan Parker runs the film, after the success of The Wall. But Parker suggested that he hire a newcomer, a product of the advertising : Tony Scott.

The end of the film differs from the novel on which it is based. The producers didn’t want the original ending in which the character of Miriam, moved to San Francisco to start again a quiet life, with impunity. They wanted an ending in which his character is ” punished “.

[Source : Wikipedia]

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On TCM Cinéma à 20h40

Technical data sheet

Production : Jonathan Demme

Screenplay : Ron Nyswaner

Main actors : Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward

Country of origin : United States

Genre : Drama

Released : march 9, 1994

Duration : 125 minutes

Production : Jonathan Demme, Gary Goetzman, Edward Saxon

Production companies : TriStar Pictures, Clinica Estetico

Distribution company : TriStar

Budget : 26 000 000 $ (estimation)

Box-office France : 2 741 445 entries


Andrew Beckett is a brilliant lawyer. Her career is promising in the firm, Charles Wheeler, founder of the great firm of lawyers in the city. Adored by his environment, nothing seems able to slow its ascent. But, one day, his associates learn that Andrew is reached of the AIDS virus, it is a licensee for professional misconduct. Andrew decides not to let it go and attack the firm for unfair dismissal. He will be helped by the aftermath of Joe Miller, a black lawyer and very homophobic, which is very popular in the city and also on the screens, after having been reluctant to defend it by violating the rights or laws.

This film is, in fact, largely inspired (at least 54 scenes according to the reconciliation law) for the life of Geoffrey Bowers, a lawyer licensed by the law firm of Baker & McKenzie.


• The city of Philadelphia is born of a dream of its founder, William Penn, who wanted to show an example of tolerance to other nations. This is where lies the interest in the choice of this city, and the paradox, between this city symbol of tolerance and intolerance vis-à-vis persons living with aids, this film denounces.

• Tom Hanks has lost up to 11 kilograms (26 pounds) to embody Andrew Beckett, as and to the extent of the disease progression of the character.

• The character of Andrew Beckett is ranked 49th of the heroes in the classification AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains.

• Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia were approached for embody Andrew Beckett.

• Denzel Washington will return to the director Jonathan Demme nine years later for A crime in the head, a remake of the film from 1962 directed by John Frankenheimer.

• The scene in the library was filmed at the Fisher Fine Arts Library on the campus of the university of Pennsylvania.

• The aria La mamma morta from the opera Andrea Chénier, and was sung by Maria Callas was made famous in the air.


• The Oscars of cinema 1994

Best actor (Tom Hanks)

Best original song (Bruce Springsteen)

• Golden Globe Award 1994

Best actor in a drama (Tom Hanks)

Best original song (Bruce Springsteen)

• MTV Movie Awards 1994

Best performance by an actor (Tom Hanks)

• Grammy Awards Of 1994

Best song from a movie (Bruce Springsteen)

Rock song of the year (Bruce Springsteen)

Rock vocal Performance male of the year (Bruce Springsteen)

[Source : Wikipedia]

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