PBS airs Ramona Diaz‘s jaw-dropping doc on Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines (famous for being a notoriously glamorous figure, owning thousands of pairs of shoes and amassing huge amounts of jewelry while the majority of the country lived in extreme poverty), "Imelda," tonight. Money quote (after an assassination attempt by stabbing): "If someone had to kill me â€” why did they have to use such an ugly instrument? They should have put a ribbon on it or something!"
And far be it for us to ignore the hand that feeds us. Or something. There’s a truly outstanding two days of programming this weekend on IFC — in honor of Xan Cassavetes’ "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" doc (which is also being reaired this weekend, if you missed it), IFC is attempting to recreate Z Channel’s programming for the weekend, airing many of the more memorable films the station was known for (see the schedule here). Notable among these, at least for us, is Stuart Cooper’s "Overlord," an astounding mix of WWII newsreel footage and fiction film that won the Golden Bear at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, and that’s also not available on DVD and extremely hard to find on international VHS (there was never a domestic video release).