Which films are on TV? TV tips for the New Year

Every fucking Sunday

Football film, Pro Sieben, Monday night at 1:50 a.m.

For the Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone, life is a battlefield. Al Pacino as a lone football coach, fighting the intrigues of money and politics and the selfishness of the players who resist the team spirit. Pure professionalism. The 1999 film traces the force of the football attacks back to antiquity – the legendary chariot race in Ben Hur! The master of professionalism is Howard Hawks, for example in His Girl for Special Occasions / His Girl Friday (3sat, Sunday, 2:20 p.m.), 1940, you really had better things to do than worry about correctness of all kinds. Cary Grant, as the head of the newspaper, who does everything possible not to lose his star reporter (and: ex-wife) Rosalind Russell, for example, maneuvers the man she now wants to marry into a holding cell.

The Leopard

Historical drama, Servus TV, New Years, 7.20 a.m.

A curious program planning, in the morning, after a long New Year’s Eve: Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece from the change of epochs in the second half of the 19th century. Burt Lancaster as old Prince Fabrizio, his feudal times stand still, the bourgeois modern age begins around him. At the end, tired but undefeated after a long night of festivities, he walks out into the twilight. Audrey Hepburn returns home at dawn in New York, in a black evening dress, in Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 (One, New Years Day, 1:55 p.m.). She fights New York melancholy at long parties, through which she roams with a long, sticky cigarette holder. Also from Blake Edwards: Operation Petticoat, with Cary Grant as the captain of a pink submarine, 1959 (SWR, New Year’s Eve, 10:10 am), and the first two Pink Panther films (Arte, Sunday, 8:15 pm and 10:05 pm).

Master Cheng in the North River

Family film, One, New Years, 5:25 p.m.r

A cook from China ends up with his son in a Finnish village, where there is a lot of twilight and long nights. They mourn in Mika Kaurismäki’s film from 2019, have lost their wife / mother. The man enchants tourists and locals with his cooking, makes friends and a new wife. An evocation of Finnish melancholy, between sauna and tango, much softer than in the films of Mika’s brother Aki. Mel Gibson also mourns the loss of his wife, who was killed in a traffic accident Signs – signs, 2002 (Sat 1, Sunday, 11:05 pm), by M. Night Shyamalan, who also operates here with very far-fetched conspiracy stories: mysterious signs, crushed by nasty aliens in Gibson’s cornfield in the heart of Pennsylvania. Gibson’s brother, a baseball player, is young Joaquin Phoenix.

The engagement in Zurich

Comedy, BR, Sunday, 2.15 p.m.

Lilo Pulver explores love in this film by Helmut Käutner, 1957, and she does it by writing a screenplay. She runs away from the first man, he continues to pursue her with sad stubbornness, she secretly adores the second man, Paul Hubschmid, and hopes for a night together in his mountain hut, also for the benefit of the script. She doesn’t know what to do with the third one, Bernhard Wicki, who keeps crossing her path, he is the director who is supposed to direct her film. Käutner keeps flashing his lust for pastiche, but also has a lot of fun presenting hearty fifties entertainment. Also with Lilo: I often think of Piroschka, 1955 (BR, New Years, 2:25 p.m.) and The inn in the Spessart, 1955 (SWR, New Year’s Eve, 8.30 a.m.), both by Kurt Hoffmann.

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