What's Worth Watching: TCM's Summer of Darkness

Matt Roush
Universal Pictures/TCM

Summer of Darkness

Summer of Darkness (Starts Friday, June 5, 6 am/5c, TCM)

Summer too sunny for you? Turner Classic Movies will take you to cinema's dark side in a festival of film noir moodiness that takes over Fridays in June and July with 24-hour marathons. The binge starts early with Fritz Lang's haunting 1931 M (starring Peter Lorre), and continues with a selection of Humphrey Bogart favorites, including 1941's High Sierra (12:45 pm/11:45c); as gumshoe Sam Spade in John Huston's indelible 1941 The Maltese Falcon (2:30 pm/1:30c); and 1947's Dark Passage (11:45 pm/10:45c), his third pairing with Lauren Bacall. In the wee hours, treat yourself to one of the finest modern noir homages, in Curtis Hanson's Oscar-winning 1997 L.A. Confidential, based on crime master James Ellroy's scorching novel about the wages of corruption in 1950s Los Angeles.