The Monastery

2006, Movie, NR, 84 mins

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Monday, Jan. 28 at 9 pm/ETThe Monastery | SUND An old man who dreams of converting his crumbling Danish chateau into a Russian Orthodox monastery butts heads with a strong-willed nun. Could anything sound duller? But this wonderful documentary is actually a surprisingly complex and deeply poignant portrait of a stubborn and irascible loner who meets his match in the last person he ever expected.Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10 pmFrances | FLX Jessica Lange took everyone by surprise with her shockingly raw portrayal of the troubled movie star Frances Farmer, a promising but difficult actress who went from Paramount costumes to a straightjacket in record time. On the short list of revelatory moments that suddenly redefine an actor’s career, this one’s close to the top.Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 pmOne, Two, Three | TCM When it came to comedies, Billy Wilder made some of the funniest (Some Like It Hot) and sharpest (The Apartment) ever. This underseen 1961 effort, in which a surpris... read more

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