TCM Imports with Host Alicia Malone
TCM Imports, our franchise of international film treasures airing on Sundays, will now be hosted by Alicia Malone. In addition to being a TCM host, Alicia is a film reporter, cinema critic, writer and self-described "movie geek."
Alicia first gained notice by hosting movie-centered shows and reviewing films on the major network television channels in her native Australia before relocating to Los Angeles in 2011. Since then, in addition to her duties on TCM, she has appeared as a film expert on CNN, Access Hollywood, E!, Entertainment Tonight and other television venues. Her first book, Backwards and in Heels, about influential women in Hollywood, was released in 2017.
Five out of eight of this month's selection of TCM Imports are premieres for the channel. Secrets of Women (1952) is a lyrical and sometimes humorous Swedish film written and directed by that great master of cinema, Ingmar Bergman. The story focuses on four sisters-in-law who exchange stories and secrets while waiting at a summer house on a Swedish island for their husbands to return from a business trip. The cast includes Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson and Birger Malmsten.
The Garden of Women (1954) is a Japanese drama directed by Keisuke Kinoshita that looks at the changing status of women in post-World War II Japan. The setting is a boarding college in Kyoto for females of wealthy families. Some of the young women rebel against the school's rigid rules and its goal of training the students to become brides. Leading roles are played by Mieko Takamine, Hideko Takamine and Keiko Kishi.
Farewell to Dream (1956) also comes from Japan and is directed by Kinoshita. The film tells the story of a fishmonger and his family and their hopes of escaping the dreariness of their lives in post-War Tokyo. Sixteen-year-old Yoichi (Shinji Tanaka) fantasizes about becoming a sailor and finding love but must sacrifice his dreams to help his family.
L'aine des Ferchaux (1963) (English title Magnet of Doom) is a French film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and adapted by him from the novel by Georges Simenon. Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as an amateur boxer who becomes a bodyguard to a crooked banker (Charles Vanel) and accompanies him on a hazardous visit to New Orleans. The movie was filmed in color with location shooting in the U.S.
Trafic (1971), an Italian-French comedy, is directed and co-written by Jacques Tati and marks the final cinematic appearance of Tati's famous character Monsieur Hulot. In this outing, Hulot is a bumbling auto designer who takes his latest creation--a camper-car--to an industry show in Amsterdam.
The following imports are non-premieres: Jour de fête (1949), another Tati comedy, this one marking his directorial debut; Les Enfants Terribles (1950), the French classic directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and based on the novel by Jean Cocteau; and The Passion of Anna (1969), one of Ingmar Bergman's celebrated Swedish dramas, with a cast headed by Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson.
by Roger Fristoe