With Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams currently starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of "Cabaret" on the Great White Way, Reel 13 broadcasts Bob Fosse's Oscar-winning movie version. The legendary Broadway director and choreographer brought him and star Liza Minnelli Academy Awards. In fact, the 1972 film still holds the record for most Oscar wins in a single year without winning the "Best Picture" category, copping eight in all. (The Godfather received that prize.)
The month's other classic films spotlight the work of similarly revered directors. Legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder's homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic sleuth is portrayed in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. John Frankenheimer's The Train, which is similar in its theme of Nazi appropriation of works of art to the recent George Clooney film, The Monuments Men, is also featured in the lineup.
May's star-studded independent film roster includes Anthony LaPaglia, Isabella Rossellini, Parker Posey, Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere, Charlize Theron and John Corbett.
Two films with Chinese themes conclude the month's film schedule. The Last Emperor details the story of Pu Yi, China's final emperor. And, in A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, a Chinese father travels to America to reestablish a relationship with his daughter.
The series is pre-empted on May 31 for special pledge programming.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
"The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1970) Dir: Billy Wilder
The search for a missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. With Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page and Christopher Lee.
"The Architect" (2006) Dir: Matt Tauber
An architect clashes with an activist living in a dangerous complex the architect designed. With Anthony LaPaglia, Isabella Rossellini, Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere and Walton Goggins.
"Cabaret" (1972) Dir: Bob Fosse
The Oscar-winning film based on the musical about an American chanteuse in Berlin during the rise of Nazism. With Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York.
"The Burning Plain" (2008) Dir: Guillermo Arriaga
A woman and her daughter attempt to establish a bond after a difficult childhood. With Charlize Theron, John Corbett, Robin Tunney and Kim Basinger.
"The Train" (1964) Dir: John Frankenheimer
A railroad boss (Burt Lancaster) helps the Resistance to stop a Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) from smuggling French art. Also with Jeanne Moreau.
"Fay Grim" (2006) Dir: Hal Hartley
The CIA attempts to coerce Fay into handing over notebooks belonging to her fugitive ex-husband. With Parker Posey and Jeff Goldblum.
"The Last Emperor" (1987) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci.
The story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. With John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole.
"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" (2007) Dir: Wayne Wang
A Chinese man travels to America to visit his estranged daughter after her divorce. With Henry O, Pasha D. Lychnikoff and Feihong Yu.
The series is pre-empted for special pledge programming