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Ellen Barkin: Guest Programmer - 6/18

In addition to her many fine film performances, Ellen Barkin, this month's Guest Programmer, has won an Emmy® and a Tony® Award (for her 2011 Broadway debut in The Normal Heart). With her unconventional beauty and pleasantly tart personality, New York City native Barkin first attracted attention in Diner (1982) and Tender Mercies (1983), and then went on to deliver impressive performances in such films as Sea of Love (1989), This Boy's Life (1993) and the recent Another Happy Day (2011).

Barkin tells TCM host Robert Osborne that she picked John Huston's gritty boxing drama Fat City (1972) because it was one of the movies that inspired her to become an actor: "I wanted to be in a movie just like that." Nights of Cabiria (1957) was chosen because of the "breathtaking" performance of Giulietta Masina, "a pure genius of an actress," under the guidance of her husband, Federico Fellini, "one of the greatest directors of film throughout history."

Barkin says that Mike Nichols' film version of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) is probably her favorite movie -"an extraordinary piece of material with extraordinary characters" and the entire cast "acting at the top of their game." She chooses Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971) because it's a "perfect example of the power of a support role," with such performers as Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan and Oscar®-winner Cloris Leachman delivering maximum impact despite limited screen time.

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