The TCM Classic Film Festival will welcome 25,000 movie fans from around the globe to Hollywood to celebrate the art and history of cinema. The TCM Classic Film Festival features more than a hundred screenings of classic movies, along with appearances by legendary stars, live interviews, extensive panel discussions, special exhibits and more.
Set to take place Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28 in Hollywood, the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, will open with a gala presentation of the newly restored musical classic Funny Girl (1968). The packed lineup for this year's festival includes tributes to Jane Fonda, who will have her hand and footprints enshrined at the TCL Chinese Theatre prior to a screening of On Golden Pond (1981); Max von Sydow, who will attend screenings of The Seventh Seal (1957) and The Exorcist (1973); Ann Blyth, who is set to appear at screenings of Mildred Pierce (1945) and Kismet (1955); and documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles whose extraordinary career will be celebrated with presentations of his films Gimme Shelter (1970) and Salesman (1968). And Mitzi Gaynor and France Nuyen will attend a special poolside screening of South Pacific (1958) on the opening night of the festival.
Also making appearances at this year's festival will be actresses Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren and Jacqueline White, as well as filmmakers Kevin Brownlow, Jerry Schatzberg, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams. In addition, the festival will celebrate Bugs Bunny's 75th Birthday, with a collection of shorts curated and presented by Leonard Maltin and Jerry Beck. And silent film composer Carl Davis will be on hand to conduct his score for the classic It (1927). Among the many restorations set to premiere at the festival are The Big Parade (1925), The General (1926), Giant (1956), The Great Escape (1963) and Badlands (1973), plus many more.
TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne serves as official host of the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM's Ben Mankiewicz also introducing films and events during the festival. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy AwardsÒ ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as a central gathering point for attendees. Screenings and events will also be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, the El Capitan Theatre and Arclight's Cinerama Dome. The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festival attendees.
Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies, the theme for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, will explore how movies can carry viewers beyond their hometowns to distant or imaginary locales, where they can be transformed by great storytelling. Often, the mode of travel provides the filmic inspiration, whether it's planes, trains, or automobiles. At other times, the trip itself serves as the central narrative, as in the case of many "road movies." With Hollywood as the starting point, TCM's cinematic excursion will take festival attendees on a fascinating journey to worlds both familiar and new.
The roster of official partners for the fourth-annual celebration includes Verizon, the official lead partner; Citi, the official card of the festival; Porsche, the official automobile of the festival; Delta Air Lines, the official Airline of the festival; Vanity Fair, a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening-night after party; and Bonhams, a festival partner that will provide film-related exhibit items, conduct an on-site valuation session for passholders and co-present a slate of British films as part of the festival lineup.
Passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the festival box office at (877) 826-5764 on business days between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET), or 24 hours a day through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival. The site also features additional information about the festival, including video and photos from past festivals.