After a long hiatus, the Triangle Classic Movie Club (TCMC) held its first virtual gathering in September. Thirteen friends and film lovers came together to catch up on how everyone has fared during the challenges of 2020 and how classic movies have served as both tonic and respite during the global pandemic.
Several club members have used the time to catch up on film history. A number recommended Season One of The Plot Thickens – I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich as a must-listen podcast.
Documentary recommendations abounded including:
- Women He’s Undressed (2015) – The life of Australian costume designer and three-time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly.
- Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) – Exploring the history of cinema sound, revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and the creative process.
- 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017) – Dissecting the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and its impact on world cinema.
With October on the way, the conversation turned to favorite horror films and club member recommendations.
- Pam’s all-time favorite and one she watches over and over: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
- Dan’s #1 pick, The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), and tied for #2 picks, Black Sunday (1960) and The Mask of Satan (1960)
- Dan also recommended this read When Roger Corman Met Edgar Allan Poe for a list of 1960s Gothic horror movies as a favorite sub-genre
- Sharon offered three horror picks and commentary.
- The Bad Seed (1956) – Watch it real late at night.This movie stays with you!
- Dead of Night (1945) – If you are afraid of the ventriloquist dummy, then not for you!
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – John Cassavetes is diabolical!
In all, a lively virtual meeting for TCMC – the first of many more to come in the months ahead.
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