Tell It to the Marines (1926)
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A few years ago it seemed that TV was helping to revive a public interest in early cinema by broadcasting classic pre-talkies and backing the cinematic presentation of restored silent movies accompanied by live orchestras. Sadly this trend has been largely discontinued despite the success of Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist and Martin Scorsese's Hugo. The peak of that great silent revival was Kevin Brownlow's restoration of Abel Gance's Napoleon, but other major successes include this handsome version of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera with a new score by Carl Davis that Brownlow, David Gill and Patrick Stanbury's Photoplay Productions put on in 1998.
Its conventional hero and heroine are rather dull, but Lon Chaney's Phantom, the mad, disfigured, lovelorn musician manipulating the world from the cellars and dungeons beneath the Opera House in fin-de-siècle Paris,
There are movie marathons. Syfy is busting out its greatest hits in the giant monster oeuvre on Friday, followed by "Star Trek" movies all weekend. TCM and AMC are showing nothing but military movies, including classics like "All Quiet on the Western Front," "From Here to Eternity" and "Patton."
If marathons are your thing, you've got everything from "Firefly" and "Doctor Who" to "House Hunters" and "How It's Made." And if you're a sports fan, while the NBA playoffs are on hiatus, you can still watch a ton of baseball, the 2011 French Open or the annual Memorial Day race the Indianapolis 500.
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