The TCM Classic Film Festival starts Thursday and I am beyond excited to say that I’ll be there!
It’ll be my first time not only at the fest but also in California so I’m sure to have my mind blown with all the events, screenings and first time in-person meetings with some good friends.
I won’t be updating the blog for the next few days other than one blogathon post scheduled for the weekend. If you sign up for either the Villain or the Beach Party Blogathon from Thursday on, thanks in advance — the rosters will be updated on March 30.
The blog may be quiet but I won’t be, I plan to tweet some along the way, so follow me @HQofK for updates.
I didn’t have time to do a giant preview post, and frankly I’m changing my mind every five minutes on what I want to see. I’m trying to hit some magical combo of sitting in all the iconic theaters, seeing more new-to-me movies and having unique experiences, not just sticking to my favourites all the way through, and whoever programmed this did pack it with my faves (I might have to apologize to my dear friends Patton, Gunga Din, The Man Who Would be King, Nightmare Alley, Raiders of the Lost Ark and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service).
I know I will be at The Sound of Music opening night, and my game plan includes My Darling Clementine with Keith Carradine and Peter Fonda present, The Proud Rebel which I’ve never seen, introduced by Alan Ladd’s son David, possibly Steamboat Bill, Jr. restored and with a live orchestra. I might go to Apollo 13 with Captain James Lovell present, or Rebecca, which will ensure I’ve seen at least one movie at The Egyptian. I’d love to see the world premiere restoration of the musical 42nd Street or So Dear to my Heart, a Disney mix of live action and animation. How about Air Mail, a John Ford movie I’ve never seen? Or Hollywood Home Movies which is just what it sounds like, a collection of star footage presented by the Academy Film Archive?
There are book signings, presentations on Technicolor, hand cranked early film, character actors and title design, there are interviews, events and discussions featuring Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLaine, Norman Lloyd, William Friedkin, and many more, and poolside movies like Grease, The Party and Earthquake. With all this going on I wonder how people don’t go Psycho (which is also playing). You can’t go wrong with any of it, and detours and surprises are part of the fun. When I get back I’ll share lots of details and photos, maybe even video! Can’t wait 🙂