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2021 TCM Classic Film Festival: Cinema History on TV & Streaming

 The Decline of Western Civilization

Combining televised screenings, virtual streams, and special guests appearances, TCM and HBO Max will be presenting the TCM Classic Film Festival. Along with cinematic greats like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, West Side Story, and The Maltese Falcon, there’s also a slate of documentaries that go from animation (Tex Avery: The King of Cartoons) to the LA punk rock scene (The Decline of Western Civilization). The documentaries being shown are:


  • May 8- 6:00am ET
    TEX AVERY: THE KING OF CARTOONS (1988) Documentary about the life and career of animator and director Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery.

  • May 8- 11:45am ET
    NICHOLS AND MAY: TAKE TWO (1996): TCM premiere of this documentary about the influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Four of their radio sketches have been re-created with new animation created especially for the program. Includes conversation with author Mark Harris, Mike Nichols: A Life

  • May 9- 3:00am ET
    FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD (2015): Pianist Richard Glazier offers a unique view of Broadway and Hollywood music using fascinating interviews, piano performances and commentary in this broadcast special.

  • May 10- 4:15am ET
    NEWS FROM HOME (1977): A female film director explores New York City while enduring demanding letters from her mother.

HBO MAX (Available from May 6)

  • THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (1981): Documentary cameras capture the thriving Los Angeles punk scene of the early 1980s. Featured in the Discoveries collection, Festival extras include a discussion with director Penelope Spheeris.

  • THE MÉLIÈS MYSTERY (2020): A North American premiere, this documentary by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange details the process of restoring 270 of the 520 lost films of pioneering director Georges Méliès, all orchestrated by a Franco-American collaboration between Lobster Films, the National Film Center and the Library of Congress. Included in the Festival collection are five recently restored short films (A Trip to the Moon, The Impossible Voyage, Four Troublesome Heads, The Infernal Cauldron, The Old Hag)


Along with these documentaries are special Tributes, a series of discussion with Danny Glover, Ali MacGraw, and Martin Short. The Masters is a series of films screened with special introductions by directors including Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA), Mira Nair (The Namesake), and Steve McQueen (The Hunger).

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2021 TCM Classic Film Festival

Thursday, May 6 through Sunday, May 9 at two virtual venues: the TCM network and the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max. 


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