I, once again, attended my favorite event in Los Angeles, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.
This year, the festival had a bit of rain but it didn't dampen the spirits of the classic film fans. The festival had a multitude of options and though I could not make it to everything they had or even everything I wanted to see, I still had a wonderful time.
The Turner Classic Film banner that hangs over the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Blvd.
The first film I saw was the Howard Hawks, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn team in Bringing Up Baby. This film is one of my all time favorites, so seeing it on the big screen, like it aught to be seen was such a thrill. If you get the chance, see it this way. The already hilarious and well plotted scenes open up more for the eye. The film was there as part of an "architecture in film" exhibition. Truly a delight.
Robert Osbourne and Stanely Donen in the Egyptian Theater
On Saturday, a schoolmate gave me his matinee pass so I could take my sister to the festival. She had never been and she's not normally a huge black&white/classic film fan, but I convinced her that Casablanca was going to be worth the venture and that it would mean a lot to me if she would go. Well, we had such a blast! I don't know if I've been that happy in a long time. I was in my favorite place, watching Ingrid Bergman in a 70th Anniversary restored edition of the film and the host was Leonard Maltin. We sat in Grauman's and she told me that she was having a great time. I could have died right there. I was welling up with tears, tears of joy, but it was such a sincere and fantastic memory.
My beautiful sister, Erin, waits in line with me for "Casablanca"
The Gowns and Costumes that were on display and a photo of my sister at #TCMFF
After my family flew back to the east coast, I luckily didn't have to worry about post visit blues. Sunday, I decided to fill my dance card with movie after movie. I started with The Black Narcissist, starring Deborah Kerr and cinematography by Jack Cardiff. I had never seen the film and it was spectacular on the big screen. Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese's editor and widow of the film's director, Michael Powell, talked after the film. It was wonderful to hear her talk about her husband, the film and her work.
Robert Osbourne claps for the director of "Charade," Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen (left), Ingrid Bergman and an unnamed hair stylist on the set of "Indiscreet"
Robert Osbourne welcomes director Stanley Donen
Robert Osbourne interviews Robert Wagner from "The Pink Panther"
I was going to stay at the festival for another film, but I was too exhausted. I had planned on springing some cash on Annie Hall or Auntie Mame, but decided to go buy some DVD's at Amoeba Records instead. I bought Charade, Two For the Road and Breakfast At Tiffany's. Worth the buy.
I plan on going again next year. I hope that USC SCA gets the passes again (though I wish they were classic badges like the first year and not matinee, but I can't look a gift horse in the mouth). I will be in school for another year, so it's one sheer advantage!
Audrey Hepburn's gown from Sabrina at Club TCM
The Club TCM bar
Club TCM panel area
Inside the Roosevelt during the TCM Film Festival
The famous Roosevelt Hotel where Club TCM is stationed