“Natalie Wood: Behind the Scenes” arrives at TCM accompanied by a special

TCM premieres the documentary Natalie Wood: behind the scenes he July 20, 2023. The documentary will be accompanied by a special about the protagonist of rebel without a cause and splendor in the grass with films from his filmography every Thursday in July at 10:00 p.m.

Natalie Wood: behind the scenes at TCM

During the month of July TCM will remember Natalie Wood broadcasting every Thursday of the month, at 10:00 p.m., a film from his filmography with titles such as The race of the centurythe crazy comedy directed by Blake Edwards; rebel without a cause of Nicholas Ray; splendor in the grass of elia kazan and Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice of paul mazursky. In addition, on Thursday, July 20, the date on which the actress would have turned 85, the entire program of the day will be dedicated to this interpreter with the broadcast of the documentary Natalie Wood, behind the scenesproduced by the daughter of Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner and directed by Laurent Bouzereau.

Data sheet

Original title: Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind
Year: 2020
Duration: 100 min.
Country: USA
Address: Laurent Bouzereau
Distribution: Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Julie Salamon, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Courtney Wagner, Robert Wagner, George Hamilton, Mart Crowley, David Niven Jr.
Music: Jeremy Turner
Photography: Sean Hill, Travers Jacobs, Toby Thiermann, Steven Wacks
Companies: Amblin Television, HBO Documentary Films. Distributor: HBO
Gender: documentary about cinema



Natalie Wood drowns to death

I remember it was Sunday morning, after Thanksgiving. I was eleven years old and had spent the night at the house of my best friend, Tracy. The clock radio rang. It woke me up and I heard a news trailer saying that my mother’s body had been found off the coast of Catalina Island.”. that was how Natasha Gregson Wagner learned that his mother, the famous actress Natalie Wood, had drowned. It happened on November 29, 1981 when she was aboard her yacht, the Splendor, named after one of her greatest film successes, splendor in the grassa film that he had shot in 1961 together with Warren Beatty.

The death of Natalie Wood immediately sparked all kinds of rumors and theories. The HBO Max Documentary Natalie Wood: behind the scenesproduced by Natasha Gregson Wagnersupports the official version of the case. Natalie Woodher husband Robert Wagner and he is also an actor Christopher Walkenwho was rolling with Natalie Wood the film Brainstorm Projectthey were dining for the night on the island of Santa Catalina, off the coast of California.

Back on the yacht, the actress retired to sleep. Wagner and walken got into a heated discussion about the professional future of Natalie Wood. Robert Wagner acknowledges in the documentary that he broke a bottle of wine and threatened Christopher Walken, although it later calmed down and the two went to sleep. It was then that Wagner discovered that his wife was not on board. Neither did he find a small boat moored alongside the yacht. A few hours later, the coast guard found the empty boat and, immediately afterwards, the body of the actress floating in the sea next to some cliffs.

The official version is that Natalie Wood he came out of his cabin at one point in the night and wanted to tie up the boat, which was hitting the hull of the yacht. That’s when she hit something or got dizzy and fell into the water. His death was therefore, according to the police, a painful accident.

Natalie Wood: Behind the scenes

Many speculations and case reopened

In Natalie Wood: behind the scenes it is denied, as has been rumored ever since, that their discussion Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken it was because walken and Natalie Wood they would have maintained an idyll during the filming of Brainstorm Project. “There was a sex scene in the movie and I found out there was no chemistry between them. That convinces me that the idea that there could be a love triangle between Natalie, Christopher and Robert is not true. It is impossible”, assures the director of that film, Douglas Trumbull.

In 2011, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the death of the actress, the police reopened the case. The yacht skipper dennis daver and the sister of the actress Lana Wood they assured that Robert Wagner was involved in the death of the actress. The police then considered Wagnerperson of interest”, something like suspicious, but after a few weeks of investigation the file was closed again. the daughters of Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner They assure that it is the morbidity of the media that periodically reopens the case.

Natalie Wood: Behind the scenes
Richard Gregson, Natasha Gregson Wagner

A review of his filmography

But in Natalie Wood: behind the scenes Not only is the strange death of the actress discussed, but also her film career. Natalie Wood was born in San Francisco in 1938. She was the daughter of Russian emigrants and her real name was Natalie Zacharenko. Her mother, a domineering woman, pushed her to be a child star. She took Wood as a stage name for the director Sam Wood. Orson Welles worked with her on tomorrow is livingdirected by Irving Pichel in 1946.”I was her first film partner and for six or seven takes I kept getting it wrong, but Natalie didn’t. It was her first film, but she was already a perfect little professional.“, remember Welles in the documentary.

She acted while still a child in movies like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and in De ilusión también se vive and as a young girl in Centauros del desierto. She was nominated for an Oscar three times. The first in 1955 by rebel without a causethe second in 1961 by splendor in the grass and the third in 1964 by love affair with a strangerbut probably her most remembered role is that of María in the musical West Side Story. “First of all I am an actress and I think that the moment you become a star, you think about the job and not the stardom that comes with it. I’ve enjoyed the part where you act, when the red light comes on and the camera rolls and you can do your job.”, explained the actress herself in an interview that is included in the documentary.

In Natalie Wood: behind the scenesin which performers such as Mia Farrow either robert redfordwho worked with her on the rebel, condemned property and The candidate. They remember the two times that she married Robert Wagnerhis courtship with Warren Beattyand her marriage to the producer and screenwriter Richard Gregson. There is talk of his emotional instability, his suicide attempt after filming The race of the century and the psychoanalysis therapies to which he underwent throughout his life.

In addition, he tiptoes because of the relationship he had, while still a minor, with the director of rebel without a cause, Nicholas Ray. But she is also shown as an actress who wanted to take the reins of her career. a documentary, Natalie Wood: behind the sceneswhich brings us closer to the most human and close side of that great star that was Natalie Wood and that this July he would have turned 85 years old.

Special Programming to Natalie Wood

Thursday July 6
22:00 The race of the century (The Great Race, 1965)

Thursday July 13
22:00 Rebel without a cause (Rebel Without A Cause, 1955)

Thursday July 20
15:40 Splendor in the Grass (Splendor in the Grass, 1961)
17:40 Rebel without a cause (Rebel Without A Cause, 1955)
19:30 The race of the century (The Great Race, 1965)
22:00 Natalie Wood: Behind the scenes (Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, 2020)
23:40 Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice (Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, 1969)

Thursday July 27
22:00 Splendor in the Grass (Splendor in the Grass, 1961)

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“Natalie Wood: Behind the Scenes” arrives at TCM accompanied by a special