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The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 8:37 am
by moira finnie
Since many of us can only attend the TCM Classic Film Festival 2013 edition vicariously, below are a few links to make it all more real. Don't forget to catch Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz before and after movies being shown on TCM all weekend long as they interview special guests and attendees live from the festival venues--here's hoping we catch a glimpse of our own pals while there:

The TCM Classic Film Festival 2013 Website

TCM Classic Film Festival Live Blog

TCM Classic Film Festival Video Gallery

TCM Classic Film Festival on Youtube

Google News Updates about the TCM Classic Film Festival

The Los Angeles Times coverage of the TCM Classic Film Festival

Postings about the TCM Classic Film Festival at the TCM Message Board

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 9:39 am
by MissGoddess
I hope everyone has a wonderful time---I know i needn't worry about that. :D TCM staffers are the best hosts you can imagine.

(Love your avatar, Moira!)

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 9:50 am
by JackFavell
Have a great time everyone!

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 10:24 am
by moira finnie
MissGoddess wrote:I hope everyone has a wonderful time---I know i needn't worry about that. :D TCM staffers are the best hosts you can imagine.

Very true...sure hope that Courtney O'Brien, Amanda Dabbas and Sean Cameron are around in the background--not to mention a couple of Morlocks who emerge there (and blog here) about their experiences at the fest...

MissGoddess wrote:(Love your avatar, Moira!)

I see you also have great taste in imagery, Miss G.! His youthful glory was something to see, but I'm also fond of that battered leonine face he had as he grew older.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 10:42 am
by MissGoddess
i really look forward to reading and seeing video/pictures of the interviews in between the movies they show on TCM this weekend...when the TCM hosts are with the viewers and attendees. that's always fun. can't wait to see all our own members! :D

i hope i can go one day. maybe next year, God willing nothing prevents it.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 11:33 am
by Rita Hayworth
I wish I could to one of these functions ... but it is way beyond my means of finances and budget. Man, I wished the best of times for all our members attending it.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 8:28 pm
by mongoII
Moira, thanks for the schedule. I enjoyed reading about the events thus far.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 26th, 2013, 11:06 pm
by Lzcutter
The Festival has been a great deal of fun so far. So far, I have been able to spend time with Suex2 (she knows how to work a crowd and got to spend time talking to Jane Withers the other night), kingrat (who I hope to have dinner with on Sunday), Cinemaven (after a delayed flight arrived on Wednesday and ready to immerse herself in cinematic heaven), Countessdelave (probably the best dressed of us all though she has some competition this year from Butterscotchgreer who is turning heads every where she goes)and old friends like modrnknght and kyle.

Mitzi Gaynor is an absolute doll ("I'm rich and I'm a widow") with a wicked sense of humor.

More to come!

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 27th, 2013, 10:48 am
by JackFavell
Give our love to everyone and tell Buttertea that we all saw her and she looks gorgeous!

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 30th, 2013, 4:29 pm
by kingrat
Great movies, memorable stars, and good friends (cyber friends who have become real friends) you get to see much too seldom. Such is the festival.

The best line wasn't on screen, as great as some of those were. No, countessdelave's sister won the honors. At the farewell party she mentioned that she'd seen Badlands and Three Days of the Condor and had remembered all over again why she liked 1970s movies so much: "In those days the men wore their blue jeans really tight."

These were the films I saw, all of which I liked. I'll try to write something about them in the next few weeks:

The Killing
Safe in Hell
The Swimmer
La Traversee de Paris
It Always Rains on Sunday
Cape Fear
The Donovan Affair
(staged presentation with actors lip-synching because the soundtrack is missing)
The Seventh Seal
Try and Get Me
Badlands
Scarecrow
Cluny Brown


I missed the most unusual film of the festival, I Am Suzanne, described by some as "weird and interesting" and by others as "weird but boring." Can't believe I passed up two chances to see The Train on the big screen, but such are the choices we had to make. Eddie Muller's enthusiastic review of this film of the program book showed that maybe this film is finally receiving its due.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: April 30th, 2013, 8:38 pm
by Lzcutter
The Hollywood Reporter has some video interviews from the TCM FF as well:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/topic/tcm-classic-film-fest[url][/url]


Enjoy!

Moira,

Most of the crew was there: Sean, MA Glenn, Scott McGee, Pola Changdon, Stephanie Thames, Charlie, Gen, Tom Brown, Robert, Ben and many, many more! We always wonder who's back in Atlanta holding down the fort!

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: May 1st, 2013, 12:45 pm
by kingrat
This seems like a good place to add some miscellaneous information about the festival. Originally The Exorcist was scheduled as part of the tribute to Max von Sydow. William Friedkin screened the print; Charlie Tabesh was there, and perhaps some other TCM staff. Friedkin was unhappy about the way the print looked and refused to allow it to be shown. Rather than try to persuade him otherwise, TCM decided to show Three Days of the Condor instead, which was also on Max von Sydow's short list of preferred films.

TCM has established connections with a number of film historians who have made repeat appearances at the festival, such as Donald Bogle, Eddie Muller, Kevin Brownlow, and Cari Beauchamp. This is another plus for the festival, as fans look forward to seeing their contributions each year.

Polly Bergen had to cancel her appearance at the showing of Cape Fear. Health problems? Not at all. She was busy shooting a pilot for the new TV season. She did send word that by filming Cape Fear she made two good friends for life: Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. Mitchum insisted that she be cast as his wife in The Winds of War.

Bruce Goldstein brought us the unique experience of Frank Capra's The Donovan Affair (1929), which was Columbia's first "all dialogue" picture, as the ads said. Unfortunately, the soundtrack has been lost, but a cast of live actors lip-synched the lines. A shooting script, the original Owen Davis play, and lip reading were all used to determine as much of the dialogue as possible. It's a murder mystery with lots of comic relief, including a not too bright Irish cop and a woman who keeps saying, "But I'm the mother of twins!" Even with the soundtrack, this would not remotely be one of Capra's top achievements, but the live presentation was a lot of fun, much enjoyed by the audience. Bruce Goldstein himself played a bookie, the pianist also took one of the parts (proving, as Goldstein said, that he could play the piano and stutter at the same time), and our friend yanceycravat voiced the double roles of the murder victim and his killer.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: May 1st, 2013, 2:07 pm
by moira finnie
kingrat wrote: and our friend yanceycravat voiced the double roles of the murder victim and his killer.

You know yanceycravat?! I love that guy and all of his Richard Dix knowledge. I'd no idea that he was an actor too. That recreation sounds like fun. Thanks for posting all this

Lynn-
There must have been tumbleweeds blowing through the halls of TCM Central in Atlanta with all those honchos and honchoettes rubbing elbows with the festival attendees. I really wish we could all find a way to go to next year's film festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "Louvre of movies" called TCM.

I kind of hope that they ask Ted Turner to come next year--he deserves a huge thank you for giving this network wings--and all that "colorization" stuff has blown over now, hasn't it??.

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: May 1st, 2013, 2:40 pm
by MissGoddess
goodness, until you mentioned him, i forgot all about Ted. you'd think he'd dig all this TCM and classic movie stuff. his ex-wife being there maybe put him off, lol???

Re: The TCM Classic Film Festival Connections

Posted: May 1st, 2013, 2:50 pm
by moira finnie
MissGoddess wrote:goodness, until you mentioned him, i forgot all about Ted. you'd think he'd dig all this TCM and classic movie stuff. his ex-wife being there maybe put him off, lol???

I shudder to think what might have happened if Ted hadn't snapped up the pre-1950 MGM/Warner Bros. library when it was being auctioned off a couple of decades ago. I'm not certain, but I think Turner has mellowed quite a bit since he was a big wheel on the corporate stage. I hope he looks at TCM with pride and no regret. He was one of the handful of individuals who has inspired so many people to begin to appreciate the studio era's achievements and helped to protect film history in general.