Catch a Classic: Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: Great Directors at Warner Bros.

THE COLOR PURPLE, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson, 1985.
Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

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Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong celebration of Warner Bros.’ centennial continues with the last Monday evening of titles from legendary directors who helmed films for Warner. Spotlighted tonight are two modern masters who rose to fame during the New Hollywood era of the late 1960s/early ’70s. Up first is Steven Spielberg, starting with The Color Purple (1985), which received 11 Oscar nominations overall, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) and two Best Supporting Actress nods (Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey), but somehow no directing nomination for Spielberg. Following that is Empire of the Sun (1987), a coming-of-age drama set amid World War II’s Pacific theater and starring young Christian Bale in his second feature film. Spielberg’s films are preceded by Chuck Jones’ hilarious and iconic 1955 Merrie Melodies animated short One Froggy Evening, which marked the debut of Michigan J. Frog. Tonight’s second featured director is Robert Altman, with airings of his revisionist Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Julie Christie and Warren Beatty, and Countdown (1967), Altman’s second feature film, which stars James Caan and Robert Duvall as astronauts.

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