TMCFF Picks & Plans with Biographer Mark Harris

What are you watching?

All TCM Classic Film Festival goers pose this question to fellow fans at the festival. This year, though we’re all attending virtually, we still want to know. Classic Couple recently had the opportunity to ask Mark Harris, author of Mike Nichols: A Life, which TCMFF 2021 films he plans to enjoy from home. Here are Mark’s top picks and plans.

Mark Harris

I’m a big film noir fan and I’m always on the hunt for movies I haven’t seen before, so I’m especially looking forward to two from 1947.

  1. I Love Trouble, which has never been on TCM before. Airing on TCM Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 am ET.
  2. And the newly restored They Won’t Believe Me, with Susan Hayward and Jane Greer—who made the great Out of the Past the same year. Airing on TCM Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 pm ET.
And Classic Couple Recommends…

Buy the Book! Mark Harris is part of a conversation during the TCM premiere of the documentary Nichols and May: Take Two (1996) airing on TCM Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 pm ET. He is the author of Mike Nichols: A Life, the definitive biography of legendary creative force and award-winning director Mike Nichols. Among the 250 people Harris interviewed: Elaine May, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, Emma Thompson, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Lorne Michaels, and Gloria Steinem. Published in February 2021 to critical acclaim and available everywhere books are sold.

About Mark Harris

In addition to Mike Nichols: A Life, Mark Harris is the author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, and Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. He is currently a writer for New York, where he often covers the intersection of culture and politics. He lives in New York City with his husband, Tony Kushner.