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The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

Plus, Other highlights; Show of the week; Movies on TV this week

Independent Lens: The Cool School
In the 1950s, curator Walter Hopps and artist Ed Kienholz set out to create an art scene in the less-than-likely milieu of Los Angeles. This vibrant documentary captures the energy of that time as it follows the saga of their Ferus Gallery, which helped launch such luminaries as Ed Ruscha and Robert Irwin, in addition to playing a key role for Andy Warhol. Tuesday, June 10, 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance: Bruckner Symphony No. 5
Anton Bruckner’s grand and intricate Fifth Symphony, a masterwork of German Romanticism, receives a spirited interpretation in the beautiful setting of the Abbey of St. Florian in Linz, Austria, where Bruckner was once a choirboy and organist. An interview with Cleveland music director Franz Welser-Möst follows the performance. Wednesday, June 11, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Back Nine at Cherry Hills: Legends of the 1960 U.S. Open
The 1960 U.S. Open Golf Championship brought together the greatest golfers of three different generations: Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. This film chronicles their historic showdown and evokes their respective eras while tracing the very different paths that led to their confrontation at Colorado’s Cherry Hills Country Club. Wednesday, June 11, at 10 p.m., HBO

Independent Lens: Deep Water
In 1968, a British tinkerer named Donald Crowhurst imprudently staked everything he had on winning the world’s first nonstop, solo round-the-world sailing race. Before Crowhurst had even crossed the Atlantic, he faced two seemingly unacceptable alternatives: certain death if he pressed ahead in his leaking boat, or financial ruin if he went home. This riveting documentary recounts his surprising choice. Sunday, June 15, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Showdown: Air Combat

This new series re-enacts famous aerial battles, using restored aircraft as well as computer animation and radio-controlled models. The debut episode re-creates a 1951 dogfight between an American F-86 Saber and a Russian MiG-15 over Korea. Host Maj. Paul “Max” Moga, an Air Force instructor pilot, provides technical and historical perspective. Sunday, June 15, at 10 p.m., Military Channel

Other highlights
Ultimate Factories: UPS
A look inside the UPS delivery service’s mammoth facility in Louisville. Thursday, June 12, at 9 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Fareed Zakaria—GPS

“GPS” here stands for “Global Public Square,” the new weekly discussion of international affairs hosted by Newsweek International editor Zakaria. Sunday, June 15, at 1 p.m., CNN

62nd Annual Tony Awards
Whoopi Goldberg hosts Broadway’s answer to the Oscars, live from Radio City Music Hall. Sunday, June 15, at 8 p.m., CBS

All listings are Eastern time.

Show of the week
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
In 1978 film director Roman Polanski, facing a possible 50-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, fled the U.S. for France. This documentary reveals the complexities and forgotten details of the case through interviews with its principals, including attorneys for both sides and the victim herself (who
publicly forgave Polanski in 1997). What unfolds is a strange and fascinating legal drama as well as an exploration of the cultural gap between America and Europe, where Polanski is lauded as a distinguished artist. Monday, June 9, at 9 p.m., HBO

Movies on TV this week

Monday, June 9
The Interpreter (2005)
The late Sydney Pollack’s penultimate film is a thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a U.N. interpreter who overhears a death threat against an African dictator. Sean Penn co-stars. 6:30 p.m., HBO

Tuesday
Annie Hall (1977)
Woody Allen’s bittersweet portrait of a love affair won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, and Actress (Diane Keaton in the title role). 6:15 a.m., Encore

Wednesday
The Enemy Below (1957)
The captains of an American destroyer and a German U-boat fight a duel of wits in the South Atlantic in this World War II drama starring Robert Mitchum and Curd Jurgens. 11:30 a.m., FMC

Thursday
Rashomon
(1951)
In this cinematic landmark from Akira Kurosawa, a rape and murder in medieval Japan receive highly divergent accounts, depending on who’s doing the telling. 1:30 p.m., IFC

Friday
This Revolution (2005)
Filmed during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, this political drama mixes scripted story with actual events. 7 p.m., Sundance

Saturday
Bobby (2006)
The 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel affects its employees in this all-star ensemble drama, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Drama. 8:15 p.m., Showtime 2

Sunday
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Gene Hackman and Melvyn Douglas both received Oscar nominations for this drama about a college professor struggling to emerge from his widowed father’s shadow. Noon, TCM

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