Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The TCM Classic Festival Adds More

The upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival from April 22nd to April 25th, 2010 keeps getting bigger and better sounding. It really seems to be shaping up as the movie-going experience of a lifetime (even if many of us can only relish it from afar). You can catch up with the details of the events in this festival as it unfolds at http://tcm.com/festival. Here's today's press release, outlining even more of an extraordinary lineup than before. :

Release Date: 3/9/2010

Jean-Paul Belmondo, Ernest Borgnine, Stanley Donen, Darryl Hickman and Eli Wallach Join TCM Classic Film Festival Roster

French superstar Jean-Paul Belmondo, Oscar®-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, award-winning director Stanley Donen, actor-producer Darryl Hickman and popular character actor Eli Wallach are among the latest special guests slated to appear at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April. Also appearing will be two members of the Frank Capra family, Tom Capra and Frank Capra III. They join an extensive roster of special guests scheduled to appear at the festival, including Mel Brooks, Tony Curtis, Luise Rainer, Jerry Lewis, Jon Voight, Martin Landau, Buck Henry, Peter Bogdanovich, Norman Lloyd, Susan Kohner Weitz and Juanita Moore.

Belmondo will be on-hand for the North American premiere of a newly restored print of Jean-Luc Godard’s New-Wave classic Breathless (1960), which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010. Earlier this year, Belmondo received the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Career Achievement Award.

Borgnine, who at age 93 remains incredibly fit and robust, will introduce the North American premiere of a newly restored print of the unique western Jubal (1956). His appearance, combined with centenarian Luise Rainer’s appearance for a screening of The Good Earth (1937), gives the TCM Classic Film Festival the honor of welcoming the oldest living Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar winners.

Donen will introduce Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the acclaimed musical he co-directed with Gene Kelly. The legendary director earned a special Academy Award® for his outstanding career.

Hickman, who began his career as a child actor, will help introduce the Gene Tierney melodrama Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Hickman’s long career in film and television includes more than 100 roles before he turned the age of 21.

Wallach will introduce the Sergio Leone western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). At age 94, Wallach continues to be a strong presence on the screen, this year appearing in Roman Polanski’s critically acclaimed thriller The Ghost Writer.

Tom Capra, director Frank Capra’s son, and Frank Capra III, the director’s grandson and Tom’s nephew, will introduce a newly restored print of the early Capra drama Dirigible (1931).

The TCM Classic Film Festival will also feature a world-premiere midnight screening of a restored print of The Day of the Triffids (1963).

The following are the latest highlights announced for the TCM Classic Film Festival:

Breathless (1960) – 50th anniversary screening and North American premiere of newly restored print introduced by Jean-Paul Belmondo
French star Jean-Paul Belmondo will introduce the North American premiere of a newly restored print of this seminal French New Wave drama. Belmondo plays a hood on the lam with a young American woman (Jean Seberg). Adapted by Godard from a story by Francois Truffaut, this groundbreaking character study offers candid looks at Parisian life and a romantic anti-hero. Often imitated, but never duplicated, this film had a tremendous impact by opening the door to a looser form of storytelling. In 2010, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave Belmondo a career achievement award.

Jubal (1956) – North American premiere of restored print introduced by Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine will introduce this intriguing western by Delmer Daves. The film puts the story of Shakespeare’s Othello in the saddle. Borgnine stars as a rancher who seeks marriage advice from a cowhand (Glenn Ford), only to be led into a jealous rage through the schemes of a villain (Rod Steiger). Extraordinary scenery and an intense, intelligent script highlight this underrated drama. The new 35mm digitally corrected negative for this film reproduces the original Cinemascope aspect ratio for the first time since the movie’s initial release. The original stereo soundtrack has also been restored.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Introduced by Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen will introduce this sparkling film that has been called Hollywood’s greatest musical ever. He directed the film with Gene Kelly, who plays a silent film star making the transition to sound. Unfortunately, the star’s frequent leading lady, played hilariously by Jean Hagen, has a grating voice that could cause their latest film to flop. In steps Debbie Reynolds, a young chorus girl who is forced to dub her voice for Hagen’s. Donald O’Connor also stars in this wonderful musical comedy that features songs from the Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown catalogue.

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) – Introduced by Darryl Hickman
Darryl Hickman, who was only 14 when this movie was made, will introduce the film and engage in a Q&A session following the screening. The romantic melodrama stars Gene Tierney as a woman who seems to love men to death. Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price co-star. Leon Shamroy’s breathtaking color cinematography earned an Oscar.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – Introduced by Eli Wallach
Longtime character actor Eli Wallach, who at the age of 94 can currently be seen in Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer (2010), comes to the TCM Classic Film Festival to introduce this exciting spaghetti western. Sergio Leone’s third film in his Dollars trilogy (following 1964’s Fistful of Dollars and 1966’s For a Few Dollars More) features Clint Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach as three gunmen hunting for a Confederate government treasure chest. Contributing to the film’s tremendous success is composer Ennio Morricone’s theme, one of the most recognizable in movie history.

Dirigible (1931) – Newly restored print introduced by Tom Capra and Frank Capra III
Tom Capra, director Frank Capra’s son, and Frank Capra III, the director’s grandson and Tom’s nephew, will introduce this early Capra drama. Jack Holt, Ralph Graves and Fay Wray star in the story of experimental dirigibles being used in the Antarctic. Elmer Dyer provided the outstanding aerial photography, which includes a fighter plane docking mid-air with a dirigible.

The Day of the Triffids (1963) – World-premiere midnight screening of restored print
Howard Keel and Janette Scott star in this adaptation of a novel by John Wyndham (Village of the Damned). It tells the story of a blinding meteor shower followed by an attack by mutant plants. Shortly after this film was released, the original negative was damaged in an accident. In order to restore it, restoration expert Michael Hyatt (My Fair Lady, Spartacus, Vertigo) decided his team would work directly on the negative rather than a digital copy. Following five years of work, including the pain-staking removal of more than 20,000 specks of dirt and extensive color retiming, this Cinemascope film has emerged more beautiful and vibrant than ever.


About the TCM Classic Film Festival
The first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 22-25, 2010, in the heart of Hollywood. The network is inviting fans from around the country to join this new festival and share their passion for great movies. This landmark celebration of the history of Hollywood and its movies will be presented in a way that only TCM can, with more than 50 screenings, major events, celebrity appearances, panel discussions and more. The four-day festival will also provide movie fans a rare opportunity to experience some of cinema’s greatest works as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen.

The festival will involve several venues in a central area of Hollywood, including screenings at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Oscar ceremony, will be the official hotel for the festival as well as a key venue for festival passholders.

Among the panels and events slated for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel are a book signing and display of original art by Tony Curtis; a special screening of Joan Crawford’s home movies, hosted by her grandson, Casey LaLonde; a presentation by special effects artist Douglas Trumbull; and numerous scheduled conversations with festival guests. The hotel will also feature several panel discussions, including Casting Secrets: The Knack of Finding the Right Actor; A Remake to Remember: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Updating Movie Classics; The Greatest Movies Ever Sold: Classic Movie Marketing Campaigns; Location Location Location; Film Continuity: When Details Count; and TCM: Meet the People Behind the Network.

The central gathering point for the TCM Classic Film Festival community will be Club TCM. This area, which is open exclusively to festival passholders, will be abuzz with activity during the entire festival, providing fans with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Club TCM will be headquartered in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This lavish room is steeped in Hollywood history as the site of the original Academy Awards® banquet.

The TCM Classic Film Festival is being produced by TCM. Serving as festival consultants are Bill and Stella Pence, who are well-known in industry circles as co-founders of the Telluride Film Festival.

The TCM Classic Film Festival is sponsored by Vanity Fair, the official festival partner and host of the opening night gala; Buick®, the official automotive sponsor; Delta Air Lines, the official travel partner; and Fekkai, official luxury hair care sponsor of the Vanity Fair’s Tales of Hollywood program.

Festival passes and additional information are available at http://tcm.com/festival.

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network celebrating 15 years of presenting great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at http://tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

I Still Wake Up Dreaming: Elliot Lavine Rides Again

Our friend, film scholar Elliot Lavine will be programming for the Roxie Theater in San Francisco again this May with two weeks of darkness falling between Fri., May 14th through Thur., May 27th. A cornucopia of rare B-noirs being shown during his program "I Still Wake UP Dreaming: Noir is Dead! Long Live Noir!" will include several gems created in the poverty row studios of Hollywood, beginning at 6:40 PM PDT on May 14th, 2010.

You can see more about this schedule of films to be shown on the Big Roxie screen as it becomes available at their website here.

An interview from last year with Elliot about his abiding appreciation of these movies can be seen here at the San Francisco Film Society site. As more information is available, there will be additional schedule news posted on this site.

From the Roxie Theater description:

TWO thrilling WEEKS of impossibly RARE B-Noirs from the notorious shadow factories of Hollywood’s Poverty Row!

It’s Springtime at the Roxie - where TWENTY-EIGHT half-forgotten film noir classics and curios will bloom boldly before your disbelieving eyes at San Francisco’s first and foremost House of Noir—The Roxie Theater! This Spring’s amazing cavalcade features six titles from Columbia’s legendary and darkly sinister 1940s WHISTLER mystery series starring Richard Dix: MARK OF THE WHISTLER (from a story by Cornell Woolrich!), MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER (a major noir rediscovery from director William Castle!!), POWER OF THE WHISTLER (with the incredible Janis Carter!!!) as well as VOICE OF THE WHISTLER, THE THIRTEENTH HOUR and SECRET OF THE WHISTLER. All six WHISTLER films presented in

BRAND NEW RESTORED 35mm STUDIO PRINTS!

Marvel too at six RARE United Artists noir gems from the 1950s: Jacques Tourneur’s cold-war thriller THE FEARMAKERS starring Dana Andrews; Phil Karlson’s gritty gem 99 RIVER STREET with John Payne and Evelyn Keyes; the freakishly strange NIGHTMARE with Kevin McCarthy and Edward G. Robinson (from a story by Woolrich); Ed McBain’s low-down, rough and sleazy COP HATER with Robert Loggia; SHIELD FOR MURDER directed by and starring noir icon Edmond O’Brien; and Henry Silva in the ultra-violent late-model ‘63 Rat Pack noir JOHNNY COOL. ALL PRESENTED IN 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINTS!

Peppered liberally with ultra-rare 16mm B noirs from the hidden vaults and libraries of private collectors!! NONE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON DVD!!


Update as of 3/27/10:
Rated
: DARK Runtime: 2WEEKS!

Fri, May 14 - Thur, May 27

ELLIOT LAVINE presents TWO THRILLING WEEKS of impossibly RARE B-Noirs from the notorious shadow factories of Hollywood’s Poverty Row!

It’s Springtime at the Roxie - where TWENTY-EIGHT half-forgotten film noir classics and curios will bloom boldly before your disbelieving eyes at San Francisco’s first and foremost House of Noir—The Roxie Theater! This Spring’s amazing cavalcade features six titles from Columbia’s legendary and darkly sinister 1940s WHISTLER mystery series starring Richard Dix: MARK OF THE WHISTLER (from a story by Cornell Woolrich!), MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER (a major noir rediscovery from director William Castle!!), POWER OF THE WHISTLER (with the incredible Janis Carter!!!) as well as VOICE OF THE WHISTLER, THE THIRTEENTH HOUR and SECRET OF THE WHISTLER. All six WHISTLER films presented in

BRAND NEW RESTORED 35mm STUDIO PRINTS!

Marvel too at six RARE United Artists noir gems from the 1950s: Jacques Tourneur’s cold-war thriller THE FEARMAKERS starring Dana Andrews; Phil Karlson’s gritty gem 99 RIVER STREET with John Payne and Evelyn Keyes; the freakishly strange NIGHTMARE with Kevin McCarthy and Edward G. Robinson (from a story by Woolrich); Ed McBain’s low-down, rough and sleazy COP HATER with Robert Loggia; SHIELD FOR MURDER directed by and starring noir icon Edmond O’Brien; and Henry Silva in the ultra-violent late-model ‘63 Rat Pack noir JOHNNY COOL. ALL PRESENTED IN 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINTS!

Peppered liberally with ultra-rare 16mm B noirs from the hidden vaults and libraries of private collectors!! NONE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON DVD!!

Programmed exclusively for The Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine!

SCHEDULE:

WEEK ONE
Friday, May 14
MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER
HIGH TIDE

Saturday, May 15
RIVER STREET
SHIELD FOR MURDER

Sunday, May 16
NIGHTMARE
THE MARK OF THE WHISTLER

Monday, May 17
JEALOUSY
THE LADY CONFESSES

Tuesday, May 18
TREASURE OF MONTE CRISTO
THE INVISIBLE WALL

Wednesday, May 19
THE RED HOUSE
SIDESHOW

Thursday, May 20
VOICE OF THE WHISTLER
LIGHTHOUSE

WEEK TWO!
Friday, May 21
SECRET OF THE WHISTLER
ROSES ARE RED

Saturday, May 22
JOHNNY COOL
COP HATER

Sunday, May 23
THE FEARMAKERS
STOLEN IDENTITY

Monday, May 24
DARK WATERS
THE LADY AND THE MONSTER

Tuesday, May 25
SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO
THE GLASS ALIBI

Wednesday, May 26
THE THIRTEENTH HOUR
BELOW THE DEADLINE

Thursday, May 27
POWER OF THE WHISTLER
BEHIND LOCKED DOORS

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