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THE LAST OF SHEILA
June 23, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 9:45 p.m. ET

 

Edgar Wright, the audacious and inventive English filmmaker known for both Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is tonight’s guest programmer for TCM. His evening starts at 8 p.m. with 1934’s Dames (with its astounding Busby Berkeley production numbers), but his even more interesting choices come later. For example, at 9:45 p.m. ET, there’s this 1973 murder mystery, a sly death-at-sea adventure starring Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Raquel Welch and Dyan Cannon. It’s directed by Herbert Ross, but the most intriguing element of this movie is its screenwriting team: actor Anthony Perkins and Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. The two shared a love of intricate puzzles, and the whodunit aspects of The Last of Sheila certainly meet that description.

 
 
 
 
 
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