Sunday, October 12, 2008

On TCM: Newman tribute today

Turner Classic Movies' all-day salute to the late actor is in full swing. Exodus, on right now, is a slog outside of Sal Mineo's scenes (neither Newman nor co-star Eva Marie Saint got along with director Otto Preminger, and it shows in their disinterested performances), but things pick up sharply with Sweet Bird of Youth, the outstanding Hud (pictured), and the rest, except for the curious closer, The Outrage, where Newman plays Toshiro Mifune's Rashomon part, this time as a brown-skinned Mexican. Of note is his acclaimed directorial debut, Rachel, Rachel (2:15 am EST), with one of Joanne Woodward's best roles.

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