Featured on Ovation TV in July
In my quest for new and wonderful chick flickery, I have noticed several new shows on television this season. Even though I have focused mainly on movies, I want to include some TV series. True film aficionados will love the American Revolutionaries: The Directors, featuring great American film directors on Ovation TV during the month of July.
The month-long programming event is hosted by two legendary directors, Roger Corman, and Peter Bogdanovich. You will see the pivotal films that launched the directing careers of Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, and Quentin Tarantino. As well as films by female directors, Julie Taymor, and Sofia Coppola.
Featuring 2 Female Directors
Sofia Coppola won acclaim and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Directing Oscars for Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The American Revolutionaries series will feature Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.
I first became aware of Julie Taymor as the designer/director/ genius behind the Broadway musical, The Lion King. Taymor’s theater background as the director of several operas, combined with her artistic passion can be seen in her movies, Across The Universe, Frida, and Titus.
A Special Treat for True Film Buffs
True film buffs know that before ET or Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg made his directing debut with Duel, a psychological thriller starring Dennis Weaver. Better known for Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, David Lynch’s signature style is seen in Lost Highway. Academy Award nominee, Quentin Tarantino started his directing career with a bang (literally) with Reservoir Dogs, full of the violent crime and pop culture references for which Tarantino has become known.
Tatum O’Neal, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and her father, Ryan O’Neal star in Paper Moon directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Wall Street, directed by Oliver Stone; Sweet and Lowdown, written and directed by Woody Allen; Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman, and featured a young Jack Nicholson and Hal Ashby’s cult classic, Harold and Maude are also part of American Revolutionaries: The Directors.