Posts Categorized: Sunday, April 13

75th Anniversary of GONE WITH THE WIND

Being from Atlanta, I’ve seen Gone WITH THE WIND (1939) on the big screen a number of times. That includes the 50th Anniversary celebration in 1989, with cast members Butterfly McQueen, Ann Rutherford and Evelyn Keyes in attendance. So you might think I’ve been there done that when it comes to GONE WITH THE WIND. But when I heard TCM was planning a 75th Anniversary screening at the shrine of cinema, the TCL Chinese Theatre, I imagined it just might be a near religious experience. Of course, I was right. Let’s face it, if you love movies, just seeing a… Read more »

Hitchcock’s THE LODGER Moves In for the Night

In its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival went out in high style with a screening of the recent restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1927), complete with a live premiere performance of an atmospheric new score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz also bid a fond farewell for this year to the packed house at the Egyptian Theatre, promising plans were already in motion for next year’s fest and offering a few facts about the evening’s film, such as the varied and impressive career of star Ivor… Read more »

Comedy is not to be laughed at… Alan Arkin at The Montalban

A rare treat for TCM-FF attendees this weekend was Robert Osborne’s career-spanning chat with Alan Arkin at The Montalban Theatre this afternoon. A multiple Academy Award nominee for his work in such films as The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968), and Argo (2012), and a 2008 Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for the 2007 indie hit Little Miss Sunshine, Arkin revealed himself throughout the 90 minute interview to be introspective yet disarmingly ego-free, having long ago exorcised the demons that caused him to be dissatisfied with his mid-career doldrums and, by his own… Read more »

On a Slow Boat to Everywhere but China: The Lady from Shanghai

Screening host and film noir czar Eddie Muller summed up Orson Welles’ brilliant THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI in one word tonight: weird. Columbia mogul Harry Cohn gave Welles his top star Rita Hayworth, and authorized an extravagant shoot on Errol Flynn’s yacht, on a voyage to Acapulco. The movie was supposed to be a cooperative, on-budget project for Welles to prove that he could be a cooperative company man. His avowed plan was to make peace with the Hollywood power brokers that had more or less banished him from the director’s chair after Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons.  … Read more »

Hats (and Bonnets) Off for EASTER PARADE

We’re still a week off from Easter in 2014, but it sure felt close enough this afternoon as a glorious 35mm IB Technicolor print of EASTER PARADE (1948) at the Chinese Multiplex. The Fred Astaire / Judy Garland musical has been a favorite for decades and a TCM perennial, but seeing it on the big screen is a special kind of joy like no other. Leonard Maltin was on hand with “Judycentric” expert John Fricke, who hosted “Judy Garland: A Legendary Film Career” earlier today and had plenty of stories about this film’s turbulent origins. Composer Irving Berlin (whose name… Read more »

A Life of His Own: BEST BOY Turns 35

One of the great unpredictable joys of the TCM Classic Film Festival each year is running into crazy connections between movies, usually springing out of nowhere. That happened today with a vengeance this morning as I barely made it to the 1979 documentary BEST BOY on a tight schedule after the post-screening discussion for Fiddler on the Roof. With that film’s songs still bouncing around in my head, I sat down for this, the only film on my schedule I’d never seen before. Half an hour in, the film’s subject, a 52-year-old developmentally challenged man named Philly, is taken by… Read more »

“At last we’re here”… Yazujiro Ozu’s TOKYO STORY (1953)

The long-story-short on Yazujiro Ozu’s TOKYO STORY (1953) is, like almost all long-stories-short, inaccurate to the point of missing the point. The tale isn’t one of grown children neglecting their elderly parents (as thumbnail descriptions of the film often erroneously aver) but rather an examination of families struggling — and largely failing — to maintain ties beyond the nostalgic dynamic of parent-child codependence. “To lose your children is hard,” a senior citizen laments midway through TOKYO STORY. “But living with them isn’t easy either.” Disappointment is the key emotion that drives the plot, that of parents who feel their children have… Read more »

Breaking Tradition with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Not so long ago, Broadway musicals had a tremendous cultural impact for the majority of the twentieth century. Everything from the pop charts to movie screens had some connection to what was happening on the Great White Way, but none had an impact exactly like FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Bright and early this Sunday morning, we got to see an immaculate (and sonically wonderful) presentation of the 1971 film version, which still hits the sweet spot for a number of topics that still strike a chord today. Now a part of the popular consciousness, the story follows milkman Tevye and… Read more »

Mr. Dreyfuss’ Opus

Prior to today’s screening of MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS (1995), Richard Dreyfuss sat down with Illeana Douglas for a wide-ranging discussion of his 50-year career.  Illeana is rapidly becoming one of my favorite interviewers—her intelligent questions and quick-witted follow-ups lead to quick, golden nuggets of info, perfect for presenting in bullet form in blogs!  It certainly helps that she and the equally quick-witted Dreyfuss are friends and recent co-stars.  Here are some highlights from today’s discussion: – When asked if he looks at clips from his films and sees the acting or remembers the behind-the-scenes events of that day’s filming, Dreyfuss… Read more »

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD: Artistry in Action

Multiple Academy Award winning sound designer/editor Ben Burtt and Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron gave the full house at the Egyptian Theatre an insider’s view of the technical artistry that went into making THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOOD (1938), which screened to regular outbursts of thunderous applause.   Their presentation included a cornucopia of rarely-seen production stills, production art, personal photographs of cast and crew, short sound recordings from the studio archives and even home movies taken on set by Basil Rathbone.  They began by donning leather Robin Hood caps and rolling a short piece of Technicolor… Read more »

NATIONAL VELVET – A Tribute to Mickey Rooney

One of the “To Be Announced” screenings at this year’s festival was decided on quite early, soon after Mickey Rooney passed away on April 6 at the age of 93.  He was a long-time friend of TCM and a fixture at network functions, past Festivals and Cruises and, of course, can regularly be seen on the network.  Today, in fact, the entire 24-hour programming block starting at 6am EST has been rescheduled as a tribute to Mickey Rooney featuring 13 of his standout roles.  It was more than fitting, then, to recognize him at the TCM Classic Film Festival on… Read more »

It’s all for Love: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Creative genius Carson McCullers was fully aware that she was a prisoner in a weak body that would eventually fail her before her time. A mood of muted despair is a constant in her writing. Her first novel is a sobering but poetic tale of half-broken misfits and social rejects, that all cluster around a caring man forever marginalized as an outsider. Like all McCullers books it’s a painful, insightful bit of realism that doesn’t come with a tidy author’s message.   For the 1968 film adaptation of  THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Robert Ellis Miller (Any Wednesday, Sweet… Read more »

Sunday In L.A.

It’s day four at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and we’re spending this Sunday morning in Hollywood with eyes on another city—the Big Apple, with a screening of the romantic comedy SUNDAY IN NEW YORK (1963). The film stars a young Jane Fonda, as a woman unsure about the changing sexual mores of the time. We join her as she explores 1960s Manhattan and tests the rules of romance with reporter Rod Taylor, who she meets on a Fifth Avenue Bus. Cliff Robertson also co-stars as Fonda’s over-protective brother. Today’s screening of a beautiful 35mm print was introduced by Robert… Read more »

A Tribute to Judy Garland

Judy Garland may be perhaps one of the most (if not the most) iconic movie stars and performers of all time—and I don’t think that’s a statement that many people would dispute. Over a career that spanned nearly five decades, Garland showcased talent for song, dance, comedy and drama, you name it, though it is for her musicals that she is best remembered. A large crowd gathered in Club TCM on Sunday afternoon to pay tribute to the legend (and, rather fittingly, just hours before tonight’s showing of The Wizard of Oz). I have always been a fan of Garland—like… Read more »

Sunday Re-Cap

TCM is proud to present this exciting recap of events from Saturday, April 12, day three of the 5th TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. To view more festival videos, check out our video gallery.