For classic movie lovers, there is no greater film festival that the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.
Back for the sixth consecutive year, TCM Film Festival is held over four days in Hollywood (March 26-29) and boasts 82 films—43 of which will be projected on 35 mm (Patton will be shown on glorious 70 mm!)—all screened in the classic cathedrals of Hollywood Boulevard with actors, actresses, cinematographers, directors, documentarians, editors, historians, producers, production designers, sound designers, writers, and many more special guests present to celebrate the flickering image.
The theme for this year’s festival is “History According to Hollywood”, an exploration on how movies represent history and, in effect, shape the public’s perception of history. Considering the debates that fueled this most recent Oscar season, the topic of “History According to Hollywood” is not only timely, but also worthy of serious investigation. The public is clearly hungry for historical reenactments, but do they want it as historical accuracy or historical entertainment? A razor edge that Hollywood has attempted to walk since its inception, and it is one that it will continue to walk for decades to come.
But History According to Hollywood is not the only aspect of this year’s TCM Film Fest. Other programs include: Discoveries, Essentials, Festival Tributes, History According to John Ford, Herstory, Special Presentations, Fight the Power—Movies About Revolution and History on Trial, many of which will be presented with new restorations.
To bring this festival to fruition, TCM works directly with Hollywood studios, notable film archives all over the globe and private collectors to bring together some of the most revered movies, as well as long-lost gems spanning ten decades.
EVENTS & GUESTS OF NOTE
1776 (1972) with actors William Daniels and Ken Howard and director Peter H. Hunt in attendance.
The Apartment (1960) and The Children’s Hour (1961) with actress Shirley MacLaine.
Apollo 13 (1995) introduced by NASA astronaut Captain James Lovell.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965) introduced by actress Ann-Margret.
Lenny (1974) will be followed by a sit down discussion between Dustin Hoffman and Alec Baldwin.
The Loved One (1965) with actor Robert Morse.
Malcolm X (1992) with director Spike Lee.
Marriage Italian Style (1964) with introduction from actress Sophia Loren.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) with actor George Lazenby.
50th Anniversary screening of The Sound of Music (1965) with stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Debbie Turner, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kym Karath and Angela Cartwright.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) and My Darling Clementine (1946) with Henry Fonda’s son, Peter Fonda, speaking about his father.
Film editor Anne V. Coates will appear at screenings of Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Out of Sight (1998).
Stuntman and stunt coordinator Terry Leonard will introduce and discuss Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Wind and the Lion (1975).
RESTORATIONS OF NOTE
Apollo 13 (1995) – 20th Anniversary World premiere restoration presented in collaboration with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Grim Game (1919) – World premiere restoration in association with The Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department, New York University Libraries.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) – World premiere restoration presented in association with Warner Bros. Classics.
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) – World premiere restoration presented in collaboration with Cohen Film Collection.