Documentaries dominate this week's WETA Saturday Night Movie line-up! Learn more about movie greats Joan Crawford and Charlton Heston then stay tuned into WETA TV26 & HD for unique looks at two very different areas of the world.
Joan Crawford: Always the Star airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-winning stardom through guts, determination and hard work. During her 50-year career, she made more than 80 films. But her obsessive perfectionism led to a later caricature of coat-hanger-wielding harridan that even the adoration of her fans could not counter. Still, she has endured as one of the most popular icons of the movies, an early role model to young women who were drawn to her image as a stylish magnetic power and an actress of unquestioned independence. Joan Crawford films include: Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), The Women (1939), A Woman's Face (1941), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), Johnny Guitar (1954), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), and Strait Jacket (1964).
Charlton Heston: A Man for All Seasons airs Saturday at 10:30pm
He played king and slave, hero and villain, and was renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he showed himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston had always been more than a star. Although he was a private man, he often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in — however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston's life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures. A profile of Charlton Heston, featuring clips from such films "Ben-Hur," "The Big Country," "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Planet of the Apes," "Soylent Green," "The Ten Commandments", and "Will Penny."
Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This documentary examines the impact that American evangelicals have had in Uganda, where missionaries have created schools and hospitals while also fostering a virulent anti-gay atmosphere that culminated, in February 2014, with the adoption of an anti-homosexuality law that mandates a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for engaging in homosexual activity.
Independent Lens: Welcome to Shelbyville airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary examines how a small Tennessee town reacts to its changing demographics, including a burgeoning Latino population and an influx of Somali refugees, many of whom are practicing Muslims. The documentary includes remarks from journalist Brian Mosely (Shelbyville Times-Gazette), who wrote several articles about the Somalis; former mayor Al Stephenson; and local pastors.