“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Yes it is. When you start reviewing the Hollywood classics, there’s no way back. There’s something about those elegant and sophisticated women, the old fashioned gentlemen, their hats, their demeanor, the meticulously well written dialogue lines, the way characters carry themselves, the irony, the sweet sadness of the golden era... One can smell their perfumes, the smoke of their cigarettes bringing reality to a level where colors are no longer needed, nor missed.
“There’s no place like home”
And where else could a Classic Film Festival be held? In Hollywood of course. The TCM Classic Festival will take place from April 10th to the 13th. Movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world’s most iconic venues like the Chinese Theater, The Egypcian Theater, El Capitan Theater or The Roosevelt Hotel.
The central theme of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival is Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind. The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival is going to showcase on-screen clans of all types – big and small, happy and imperfect, musical and dramatic. The Festival will also spotlight the first families of Hollywood and the filmmaking dynasties that have entertained generations.
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Oh yes, you do. We are talking about American Graffiti, Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks is going to be there; say no more), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, City Lights, East of Eden, Eraserhead, The Godfather Part II, Gone with the Wind, among many others.
“Nobody is perfect.”
Individual tickets are $20 for most of the screenings (50% off if you are a student). A few dollars more than regular movies, but you will have the chance to watch the movie with the people that created them and participate in Q&A and panel discussions. There are also special screenings, and guest start, like Maureen O'Hara, who is best known for her work in John Ford films including 1952's "The Quiet Man," who will present the world premiere restoration of Ford's Oscar-winning 1941 drama "How Green Was My Valley," in which she stars. And legendary Jerry Lewis will be immortalized with a hand print ceremony in front of refurbished TCL Chinese Theatre and attend a screening of The Nutty Professor (1963), which he starred in and directed.
As Hollywood as it gets.
“All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.”