On TCM Tomorrow (Question)
I obviously am asking this question way too late, as "Stromboli" is airing on TCM in just over 8 hours (8:15am, Fri Aug. 6). I have been looking forward to seeing this Rossellini/Bergman collaberation since I saw that it was going to be played as part of TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" month. The thing is I only recentally saw that there are several versions of this film the shortest being 81 min. and dubbed heavily into english. I looked up which version they would be playing and have gotten some mixed information. The cable menu summary says 81min., the TCM guide says 106min., the TCM archives says their print is 81min. though this may not be updated, and the film lengths listed on the cable menu are frequently wrong. TCM has the film starting at 8:15am with the next film begining at 10:00am, which gives almost 105min. of space to fit the film into.
I took that as a sign that they may be playing a longer version. Now, what really got me wondering was the reviews on the TCM website. There were complaints that the last airing of this film in 2008 was not the 81 min. version although it was STOPPED at 81 min. without finishing the film! People were really upset, not that I blame them, as TCM is not known for such blunders! The viewers who complained begged TCM to air it again this time with the ending (please). All of this tells me that they more than likely will play a longer version, the only problem is the 106min. Swedish version still won't fit in the alotted time, let alone the full 107min. version. There's a French version that runs 103 min. But I am setting my DVR to record an extra 5+ min. over in case it goes over by a minute or two. I've seen this happen a couple of times on TCM and ended up missing the very ending of a movie because of it.
I RECOMMEND EVERYONE SET THIER DVR/RECORDERS TO RUN A COUPLE OF MINUTES PAST 10am!!! Sorry I didn't give more warning!
ALSO: For Ingrid Bergman and/or Rossellini fans TCM is also playing "EUROPA '51" at 6:00pm and Ingmar Bergman's "AUTUMN SONATA" at 1:30am(east. time; technically Sat.morning)
I realize that this was much too late to post a question, and it was probably a waste of time, but if this confusing post alerts one film buff to be prepared for the possibility of this film running a couple of minutes over rather than missing the very end it was worth it. Chances are they will run the 81 min. version, but better safe than sorry!
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