[tv] Thursday, 11 July 2013 : The program on tv tonight

Each morning, writing the Blog from the Cinema advise you 2 movies to see on tv that night : a film on the set of strings and another, exclusively on TNT, so not to forget anyone !

The program this evening : Stalingrad on the NT1 and The Bachelor on the Ciné+ Classic.

  • ON TNT


On NT1 20: 50

Technical data sheet

Original title : Enemy at the Gates

Director : Jean-Jacques Annaud

Scenario : Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard

Main actors : Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman

Production companies : Paramount Pictures, Mandalay Pictures, KC Medien, MP Film Management, Reperage, Swanford Films, Little Bird, BACK

Distribution : Pathé

Budget : $ 68 million

Country of origin : France, Germany, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom

Release Date : march 14, 2001

Genre : war movie

Duration : 131 minutes


The scenario describes the confrontation between the two snipers exploited by the propaganda of their respective camps, soviet and nazi, throughout the battle of Stalingrad. This propaganda takes quite an important role in the film.

Vassili Zaïtsev is a young sniper. During the siege of Stalingrad, he meets Danilov, a political officer, in which he demonstrates his talents by shooting down Germans, including officers. Danilov proposes that the command to Vassili a hero, an icon to restore hope to the men, by publishing his exploits. In response, the German headquarters dispatch their best sniper, major König. At the heart of the battle of Stalingrad, a hunt then engages between the two heroes. The battle, as well as the state of grace of Vasily with the commissioner’s policy, appear to be suspended at the end of the duel.


The story of these two enemies is inspired by the confrontation between Vassili Zaïtsev, hero of the patriotic war and Russian, which were awarded 242 enemies killed, and his rival, the German, major Heinz Thorvald, master instructor of snipers the germans sent to Stalingrad to kill the man who was to become one of the symbols of the resistance to the soviet in the face of the Wehrmacht. The existence of this major Thorvald is the subject of a debate, with some historians arguing that it would have been created by the soviet propaganda to increase the prestige of Zaïtsev.

[Source : Wikipedia]

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On Cine+ Classic at 20.45

Technical data sheet

Original title : The Apartment

Réalisation : Billy Wilder

Screenplay : Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond

Main actors : Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

Societies of production : Mirisch Company, United Artists

Country of origin : United States

Genre : Comedy, drama

Released : September 14, 1960

Duration : 125 min


C. C. Baxter, said “Brin d’amour” (” Bud ” in VO), an employee of a major insurance company, makes his apartment available to his superiors in order to climb faster in the ranks. Its HR director, Jeff D. Sheldrake, learning of this, asked him also to loan him the apartment and gives her a promotion in exchange. C. C. knows that Sheldrake is going to use the bachelor to find his mistress, the young and beautiful, Fran, an elevator operator of the company, of which C. C. is secretly in love…


• According to several biographies, Billy Wilder was inspired by a scene from the british film Brief Encounter (Brief Encounter, 1945) to write the screenplay of The Bachelor.

• In order to simulate the vastness of the office of collective working where C. C. Baxter at the beginning of the film, Alexandre Trauner has placed children as extras in the ranks of the background to accentuate the effect of perspective.

• Billy Wilder, interviewed by François Forest in 1993 for an interview with The Nouvel Observateur, said that his two achievements favorites are ” The Chasm chimeras (with Kirk Douglas, 1951) and The Apartment, with Jack Lemmon “.


• Oscar film 1961 :

Oscar for the best film (Billy Wilder)

Oscar for the best director (Billy Wilder)

Oscar for best original screenplay (Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond)

Oscar for best art direction (Alexander Trauner and Edward G. Boyle)

Oscar for best editing (Daniel Mandell)

• BAFTA 1961 :

Billy Wilder : Best film (all sources)

Jack Lemmon : Best foreign actor

Shirley MacLaine : Best actress foreign

[Source : Wikipedia]

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