TCM (Turner Classic Movies), the TV network that has kept classic Hollywood at the forefront of all who adore classic films, took a bold step last year by launching its first TCM Classic Film Festival. The streets near Egyptian, Grauman’s Chinese, and Mann’s Chinese Theatres were packed with stars and fans. The festival was such a hit, TCM is back this year for a second festival with another huge lineup of films, stars and special surprises taking place April 28 through Sunday, May 1, 2011.
Opening night premieres the 60th anniversary restoration of the Oscar-winning musical classic An American in Paris (1951). Star of the film, Leslie Caron, is scheduled for an appearance at the festival. Other world premieres during the festival include the 60th anniversary digital restoration of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); the West Coast premiere of the newly restored La Dolce Vita (1960), and a screening of Shall We Dance (1937), which is part of the festival’s Gershwin tribute.
TCM – devoted to preserving classic movies – is also dedicated to showcasing the best possible projection, including digital, 35mm and 70mm prints. The festival will present more than 50 screenings including special introductions, guest appearances and panel discussions. Some of the films to be shown include: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Royal Wedding (1951) – presented by Jane Powell; The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) – presented by Debbie Reynolds ; Carousel (1956) – presented by Shirley Jones; and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – presented by Roger Corman.
Special focus this year is on silent films such as Erich von Stroheim’s The Merry Widow (1925) and Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman (1928), as well as a spotlight on cinema music. TCM will celebrate the work of George and Ira Gershwin with a collection of films featuring their most memorable songs. Disney’s Musical Legacy addresses the multi-faceted collection of screenings that celebrates Disney’s history of bringing music and film together.
Classic film historian, author, producer and film restorian Kevin Brownlow, a recipient of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Honorary Award in 2010, will be at the festival imparting his vast knowledge and love of classic films as will TCM host extraordinaire Robert Osborne.
Festival participants with the right passes will enjoy the opening night film as well as the lavish Vanity Fair Party. Other ticket passholders can fill in hours between the films and events at Club TCM located in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to relax, mingle, and enjoy special presentations as well as live music. Ticket passes for the festival range from $1199 – $299. The official site has more information the festival and how to find out which other stars are attending.
Photo: Buster Keaton & Marceline Day in The Cameraman Photo Credit: TCM
Photo: Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown Photo Credit: MGM