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The wide-ranging choice is so very
good today, BC on TV was compelled
to leave out the Western considered the
progenitor of every good Western since
itself (the 1939 John Ford/ John Wayne
Stagecoach 8 pm Enc3) as well as an
oddball former Western pick (Alvarez
Kelly 4.25 pm Enc3), two kiddie flicks
parents would enjoy tremendously (The
Smurfs 2.05 pm HBO, Tim Burton s Corpse Bride 2.55 pm HBOF) and a
music biz bio that is as strangely watchable as it is vulgarly self-congratulatory
(Who the F--- is Arthur Fogel? 1.45 pm HBOC). The week features two
perennial contenders for Best Film (The French Connection 4.30 pm tomorrow
TCM, Reservoir Dogs 10 pm Friday TCM), an excellent recent pick (*What
Maisie Knew 9 pm tomorrow, Max) and a very good historical drama (The
Other Boelyn Girl, 10pm tomorrow MaxW).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Chinatown (Roman Polanski / 1974 / USA / Mystery-
Thriller / 110 mins / R), 10pm Turner Classic Movies BEST FILM OF THE
WEEK. Watch this if you liked LA Confidential, American Beauty or Before
the Devil Knows You re Dead. As satisfying as it is complicated---the plot
starts with adultery but it all comes out in the wash---Chinatown is generally
considered Roman Polanski s best film. With a gritty lead performance from
Jack Nicholson as a gumshoe and a delicate one from Faye Dunaway as the
mystery girl---and John Huston as one of cinema s most disgusting villains---
this is easily the best film on tonight; or most nights: the American Film In-
stitute rated it the 19th best American film of all time. Not for the Captain
American: The Winter Soldier action flick fans, perhaps, but magnificent
nonetheless---or perhaps all the more.
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK: Quiz Show (Robert Redford / 1994 /
USA / Biography-History-Drama / 133 mins / PG-13 for some strong lan-
guage) 3.30 pm today Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Argo,
All the President s Men or Good Night, and Good Luck. Probably the best of
Robert Redford s outings as director, Quiz Show features remarkable per-
formances from John Turturro, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield and Rob Mor-
row, and one of the best-paced, historically accurate screenplays of the
modern age, telling the true story of the fixing of TV game shows in the
1950s. Rarely does history work so well as drama. Even the videogame crowd
will sit still for all of its two hours-plus runtime.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell / 2001 / USA / Music-
Drama-Comedy / 95 mins / R for sexual content and language) 9 pm Friday
Max. Watch this if you liked The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rent or The
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Hysterically funny, equally
moving, the story of the German boy who has a sex change operation to
marry an American GI in Germany and ends up touring the US Skid Row
rock concert circuit is filled with great songs; a musical for everyone who
hates musicals but perhaps not for anyone who hates gays. The titular "Angry
Inch" is her backing band; too.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: *Seven Psychopaths 5.05 pm HBO; Tues:
Groundhog Day 6.35 pm TCM; Wed: Gangster Squad 6 pm HBO and 9pm
HBOC; Thurs: Underdog 9.15 pm HBOF; Fri: Batman 3.45 pm MaxW; Sat:
Red Dawn 6.30 am TCM.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Polanski's best film, Chinatown.
Back to Chinatown
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
The familiar chant of "pay the devil" that often
comes with blue devil performances in Trinidad s
Carnival is the source of inspiration for the title of
a forthcoming book of photographs called Pay!
Kevin Browne, a photographer, poet and assistant
professor of rhetoric and writing at Syracuse Uni-
versity, New York, will show his images from the
book today in Paramin, at an event called Seeing
Browne, who is from T&T, has been researching
the Redhead Devils, a band of blue devils who com-
peted in this year s Carnival. His photographs are
tangible outcomes of his visual exploration of the
traditions, rituals and practices of the group. Pay!
constitutes part of his scholarly focus on the subject
of Caribbean rhetoric.
The term rhetoric refers to the study of the features,
motives and uses of a range of expressive forms in
both offline and online spaces---including written
works, spoken language, images and musical per-
formances. Rhetoric considers how these forms organ-
ise groups in society, affect behaviour, construct
meanings and identities, bring about power and
resistance and produce change.
Browne sees what he calls the Caribbean Carni-
valesque---actions with the intention of display rather
than concealment, in other words, with the aim of
being seen and heard---as the overarching feature or
framework that guides all Caribbean expressions.
Pay! puts emphasis on the blue devil performance
as one example of a Caribbean activity that is propelled
by Browne s concept of the Caribbean carnivalesque.
Along with the exhibition, Browne will give a brief
talk on the aesthetic and rhetorical dynamics of visual
display among the Redhead Devils.
Limited copies of Browne s work Tropic Tendencies:
Rhetoric, Popular Culture and the Anglophone
Caribbean, published in 2013 by Pittsburgh University
Press, will also be available for purchase.
At the end of today s event, Browne will present
the photographs, at no cost, to the performers who
are the subjects of his work.
"It is crucial that the performers have the oppor-
tunity not only to see how they were being seen, but
also to have their payment, as it were, be in the form
of fine art that is appreciable, collectible, and con-
sistent with the complexities of their performance,"
Browne will also recreate the exhibition online
for a period of two weeks, at
Seeing Blue takes place today from 5-8 pm at
Kool Breeze Bar, Saut d'Eau Road, Paramin.
The event is free and open to the public.
More info: 737-8934.
Photograph from Kevin
Browne's forthcoming book Pay!
IMAGE COURTESY KEVIN BROWNE
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