Monday, December 13, 2010

At what point do you start to cry during TCM Remembers?

I usually start to bawl towards the end. I try to keep a brave face and make it through the whole thing without a tear but it's usually the big name towards the end, the one they dwell on for a little more time that gets to me. This year it was a bit different. As soon as they showed Dennis Hopper towards the beginning of the tribute, the waterworks started. When I saw Tony Curtis, Patricia Neal, and Leslie Nielsen, I was all out sobbing. This year has been a difficult year. In fact, ever year since 2003 has been especially difficult for me. The more I fall in love with classic films the harder it is to let go of those stars who are reaching the end of their time on earth. TCM Remembers tribute is always very well done. They are fair, they give time to everyone, the visuals are always stunning, they chose appropriate and beautiful music and they are willing to edit in case someone passes at the end of December. Way to keep it classy TCM! We really appreciate it. Because the Oscar tributes become more and more offensive every year, it's nice to have the genuinely touching tributes you consistently provide us. Thank you.


  1. You're not alone; the "TCM Remembers" montages never fail to bring tears to my eyes. They're so beautifully done, too, with great shots and music. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who can sit through "TCM Remembers" dry-eyed must have a heart of stone, and I'm not sure I care to know them! :-) Hope things look up for you during this holiday season and well beyond that!

  2. Oh wow! That was so well done. It's nice to see something so tasteful when the Oscars continually disappoint.

    I had no idea Glen Shadix had died, so sad! Also I'd have to say Corey Haim is a sad one for me since he was a big part of my youth. Also, Zelda Rubinstein was as well...I know both odd choices, but still a big part of the movies I used to watch with my dad. So sad to see them all go. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Oh man, once they got to Tony I was a mess. I miss him. :'(

  4. I can't watch. There's not many of the giants left - Elizabeth T, Olivia DeH, Kirk D, Mickey R, Jane P, Maureen O'H...
    Well, we'll always have Paris - and I DON'T mean Hilton.

  5. For me the tears started when they hit director Jean Simmons, Roy Ward Baker, and Lynn Redgrave all in a row. I really started sobbing when they hit Peter Graves and Leslie Nielsen. So many of my favourites have died this year, so many of the greats. And I must say that TCM is fair. Unlike the Oscars they get nearly everyone. I think the only person they left out was the great Ingrid Pitt.

  6. I was so sad when I heard about Tony and Leslie, but I'm always soothed by the thought that they're forever immortalized on the silver screen.
    And TCM has done it well - very beautiful and subtle tribute. It sort of gives one an odd, mixed feeling of melancholy, nostalgia and happiness. Reminds me how precious life is, and how wonderful it is that classic stars such as Maureen O'Hara, Olivia de Havilland, Joan F., Lauren B., Kirk D., Elizabeth T. and Mickey R. are still among us.

  7. I was surprised Dorothy Provine was left out; she may have gained her greatest fame on TV ("The Roaring '20s"), but she had an intriguing career, in films from "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" to "The Great Race" (RIP Blake Edwards) and "Who's Minding The Mint." Early on, she was the first actress to play Bonnie Parker ("The Bonnie Parker Story," 1958) and was opposite Lou Costello in his lone film without Bud Abbott (she played the title giantess in "The Thirty-Foot Bride Of Candy Rock").


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