On Tuesday, I posted a Media Alert for the great movie "Z" which was airing on TCM. I noted that it was the first foreign-language movie to ever get nominated for Best Picture. And said that viewers should stick around to the very end of the closing crawl when it explains what the title, "Z," means.
I recorded the film, and watched it -- and waited to the very end, but that final moment is extremely dramatic and moving. Fortunately, I'd seen the movie before.
That's because, to my amazement, the film cut it off, mid-crawl, just before the explanation of why the movie is titled, "Z"!!! And it went directly to a promo for the next movie!! This means that , a person could have watched the entire, gripping movie... and Not Know What the Title "Z" means!!
I have no idea what on earth went wrong. This was utterly bizarre and, I'm sure they would acknowledge, inexcusable. I hope they make sure you fix this print so that it never happens again. I sent a comment to TCM to let them know this.
I don't want to give away the explanation here, but if anyone watched the movie the other day and therefore missed the end of the closing crawl and wants to know what "Z" means and why it's the title of the movie, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Contact Us" link.
Ack. How awful and sloppy.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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