Until a few years ago, your best bet for catching a glimpse of a movie star in Los Angeles was an opening night at the Music Center. And while that’s still a good opportunity, the annual TCM Classic Film Festival has proven a far better one.
Among those scheduled to attend this year’s fest, slated to unroll April 25–April 28 in Hollywood, are Max von Sydow, Jane Fonda, Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren, Ann Blyth, Mitzi Gaynor and others, plus silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, silent film composer Carl Davis, and directors Jerry Schatzberg (“Scarecrow”), David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams (“Airplane!”).
Fonda will have her hand and footprints enshrined at the TCL Chinese Theatre—still Grauman’s to me—prior to a screening of “On Golden Pond.” Von Sydow will introduce a screening of Ingmar Bergman's “The Seventh Seal.” And Hedren will be on hand for a 50th anniversary screening of—you guessed it—Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds.”
Two events I’m really looking forward to: Brownlow will introduce the world premiere of the newly restored 1925 epic, “The Big Parade,” while Davis will be on hand to conduct his score for the 1927 Clara Bow classic, “It.” Passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival are on sale now; call the festival box office at (877) 826-5764 on business days between 10 a.m.–5 p.m. EST, or visit http://www.tcm.com/festival.
Meanwhile, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s superb Stanley Kubrick exhibition—which continues through June 30 at LACMA’s Art of the Americas Building—makes two things abundantly clear: how the filmmaker exerted complete artistic control over his projects, and masterfully reconceived the genres he attempted.
The exhibit covers the whole of Kubrick’s career, from his 1940s photographic efforts for Look magazine, though such films as “Lolita,” “A Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Two projects Kubrick never completed,
“Napoleon” and “The Aryan Papers,” are also explored.
His films are represented through annotated scripts, stills, posters, set models, costumes, and props. Highlights for me included Peter Ellenshaw’s matte paintings for “Spartacus,” photos of the deleted pie fight finale from “Dr. Strangelove,” and an impressive array of actual cameras and lenses Kubrick used.
Hot tip: If you hurry, you can also see “Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis” at LACMA, which closes March 10. This installation offers vintage posters, projected sequences, and set stills from Robert Wiene and Fritz Lang’s iconic examples of 1920s German Expressionist cinema.
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