We’re thrilled to announce that Film Comment magazine will produce a series of film essays, editorial content, and co-curated commentary for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The projects include a monthly spotlight on TCM’s website called Film Comment Picks, in which films, directors, or actors from the network’s programming are highlighted by newly commissioned critical essays.
“We’re delighted to share our love for movies with the engaging TCM audience,” said Nicolas Rapold, Editor of Film Comment. “Every month, their offerings present a wealth of temptations for cinephiles and demonstrate a dedication to film culture that is common to both Film Comment and TCM. We’ve been mutual fans for years and are thrilled to be teaming up on this new project.”
The inaugural articles will highlight two American classics from the network’s June programming: Sidney Lumet’s film of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962), the rare example of a truly successful adaptation of a stage classic; and Charles Walters’s The Tender Trap (1955), a seemingly frothy movie starring Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds that reveals much about contemporary gender relations.
Coming on the heels of TCM’s recent announcement of FilmStruck, its forthcoming collaboration with the Criterion Collection, this editorial initiative was spearheaded by Rapold, who was named Editor of Film Comment earlier this month. Under his leadership as Interim Editor earlier this year, the magazine has expanded its digital content with new online columns, a weekly podcast, and a forthcoming app. The partnership with TCM is the latest venture for the Film Comment team, and the collaboration will continue to grow. With Rapold’s new position and Michael Koresky recently appointed Editorial Director of Film Society of Lincoln Center, expect more exciting news in the coming months!