Thursday, July 28, 2005
Inside Z Channel
I did not know there was a cable movie channel before HBO, it was called Z Channel. I recently watched "Z Channel : A Magnificent Obsession", a documentary about the channel and it's head programmer, Jerry Harvey. Interesting look at film history, Harvey was a real aficionado of cinema as art. I ended up with a long list of films to rent! To me, the most interesting views were from the actor James Woods. He credits the showing of his film Salvadore,on the Z Channel, with changing his career. The film was not doing well in theaters, but Harvey put it on the Z Channel. It was nominated for 3 Oscars that year. Woods believes it was because of the exposure on the Z Channel. Interesting film for anyone into film history.