“TCM Remembers 2011” is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest “TCM Remembers” entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is “Before You Go,” by OK Sweetheart.
Among those featured in “TCM Remembers 2011” are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among whose credits – mostly in Britain – is the classic horror film Dead of Night; and 1930s child actors Edith Fellows (Pennies from Heaven), Sybil Jason (The Singing Kid), and Jackie Cooper (from Our Gang shorts to Superman). Cooper remains the youngest ever Best Actor Academy Award nominee – for Skippy, 1930-31.
And more: centenarian French cinema veteran Paulette Dubost, who had a key role in Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Games; multiple Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sidney Lumet (Fail Safe, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict); Michael Sarrazin and the Oscar-nominated Susannah York of Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (in the TCM clip, York is seen in Tom Jones); and beautiful 1950s leading ladies Anne Francis (Forbidden Planet, Blackboard Jungle), Dana Wynter (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Airport), Yvette Vickers (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches), and Elaine Stewart (the Gene Kelly musical Brigadoon, Anne Boleyn in Young Bess).
Plus powerhouse agent Sue Mengers, among whose clients were Ann-Margret, Barbra Streisand, and Natalie Wood, and the inspiration for the Shelley Winters character in Blake Edwards' Hollywood satire S.O.B.; two-time Oscar winner and super-celebrity emeritus Elizabeth Taylor (Giant, A Place in the Sun, Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?); and three-time César winner Annie Girardot, among whose credits are Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers, Marco Ferreri's The Ape Woman, and Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher and Hidden.
Also Anna Massey (one of the victims in Michael Powell's controversial Peeping Tom), Marie-France Pisier (Cousin Cousine, The Other Side of Midnight), William Campbell (Dementia 13), Tyrone Power's second wife Linda Christian (Athena, The V.I.P.s), Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Inception), screenwriter Kevin Jarre (Glory, The Mummy), and MGM musical actress-singer Betty Garrett (On the Town, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, My Sister Eileen). [Continues on next page. See link below.]