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The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24



Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced an all-new original documentary series, The Power of Film, which explores some of the greatest American classic films from the past century. New episodes of the six-part series will premiere every Thursday beginning January 4 at 8pm ET. Hosted and curated by renowned UCLA professor emeritus, founding chair of UCLA’s Film and Television Producers Program, and one of the founders of the UCLA Film Archive, Howard Suber, each 40-minute episode dives deep into the art of storytelling by examining the defining principles and inner workings of beloved films.

Executive produced by Doug Pray and Laura Gabbert, and based on Suber’s book of the same title, The Power of Film goes far beyond an online masterclass by intertwining his structured framework, teachings and insights with nearly 50 dramatic movie scenes to create a uniquely engaging narrative through humor, emotion and human experience.

"I am honored to have our series shown on TCM, surrounded by 17 of the most memorable American films, nearly all of which I discuss in depth in the series,” says Howard Suber. “TCM’s commitment to the history of American films has always been remarkable."

Suber’s impact on the entertainment industry and deep understanding of cinema have inspired countless careers throughout his 53 years of teaching. His efforts resulted in the Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a retired faculty member. Having an extensive history of analyzing films and television, Suber has uncovered the mysteries surrounding what makes a film not only popular, but also memorable across generations.

The Power of Film is directed by Laura Gabbert, written by Howard Suber, and written by Doug Pray who also serves as supervising editor. Pray and Gabbert previously studied under and worked closely with Suber at the UCLA School of Film, Theater, and Television where they received their MFA.  

The following is a complete schedule for The Power of Film:

Thursday, January 4 at 8pm ET | Part 1 – Popular and Memorable

A large proportion of the most commercially successful American films are quickly forgotten. A tiny fraction, however, are truly memorable, lasting from one generation to another. Using iconic scenes from many of these classic films, this series explores films that were both popular and memorable. In this episode, Howard Suber asks why this small minority continues to have such power.

Thursday, January 11 at 8pm ET | Part 2 – Trapped

Nearly all memorable stories, whether told in movies or in real life, are about traps. The most memorable are generally about the loss, sacrifice, and ultimate triumph the central character must engage in to escape their trap.

Thursday, January 18 at 8pm ET | Part 3 – Character Relationships

There’s no such thing as an interesting character; there are only interesting character relationships. But, as is true for religions, myths, and the longest-lasting dramas, the structure of most memorable dramatic plots centers on a single individual, around whom all the most important action and the other characters revolve.

Thursday, January 25 at 8pm ET | Part 4 – Heroes and Villains

Memorable films tend to be a compensation for what we don’t see much of in the real world— justice, commitment, and altruism. Film drama frequently treats the central characters as if they were heroes or villains, but often the two are very much alike.

Thursday, February 1 at 8pm ET | Part 5 – The Power of Paradox

In almost every memorable film, things are not what they seem, and learning the truth about characters and situations creates much of the tension in the film. Often, the truth of the film is quite paradoxical, which is what makes us want to keep watching.

Thursday, February 8 at 8pm ET | Part 6 – Love and Meaning

Although it’s often said that in order to succeed, a Hollywood film has to have a happy ending, when you look at the most memorable love stories it’s astonishing how many of them end with the separation or death of one or both lovers. Often, the paradox underlying the film helps explain why they stick in our memories.
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

I’m watching show 1 right now.
7+ minutes to get to the series then another 10 minutes of a guy telling us he is in the pattern recognition business.

Not a great start but I’m still gonna watch it all it is about movies after all, I think.
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This has turned into an amazing series.
Its like sitting in on a lecture by a great movie historian.
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crap. I forgot to DVR this last week. I did watch Ep 2, "trapped", and enjoyed the hell out of it. It was lecture on a topic briefly, then show movie clips that exemplify it. And not too much one or the other. Too much lecture would be so boring, too many clips wouldn't make sense without the theory behind it. I'm hoping there will eventually be a marathon to catch the eps I missed?
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

For those who missed this on TCM, it's on Max as of today.

I missed the 1st episode and it wasn't on demand anymore, so this will help.

This isn't some "fluff" documentary. It actually feels like a smart film study class. I don't recommend watching this distracted.
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

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For those who missed this on TCM, it's on Max as of today.

I missed the 1st episode and it wasn't on demand anymore, so this will help.

This isn't some "fluff" documentary. It actually feels like a smart film study class. I don't recommend watching this distracted.
I believe TCM will be rerunning the whole series one day this month as well
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

How did I miss this when it originally aired?! I’ve got it on my watch list now. I love these kinds of documentaries.
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I saw all the episodes though I did not feel I learned anything new and Suber was stating the obvious but nice to look back on clips from old films.
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
I saw all the episodes though I did not feel I learned anything new and Suber was stating the obvious but nice to look back on clips from old films.
The emperor has no clothes. I barely made it through two episodes before pulling the plug. I wasn't a fan of the documentary's format.
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The emperor has no clothes. I barely made it through two episodes before pulling the plug. I wasn't a fan of the documentary's format.
I assume you weren’t a fan of Suber narrating the entire episodes like a film study lecture.
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

Originally Posted by DJariya
I assume you weren’t a fan of Suber narrating the entire episodes like a film study lecture.
Largely correct. Didn't like which clips they were using, the narration, how each episode was structured.
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Re: The Power of Film (TCM) - docuseries - premieres 1/4/24

All six episodes will be reran today on TCM

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