Greetings from Hollywood, California. I’m attending this year’s Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival. The festival runs from April 6-9, 2017. The theme is “Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies” (although there are films from many genres represented).
Great signage is all around the festival area.
The TCL Chinese Theatre is the symbolic home of the festival–and is still one of the greatest movie theatres in the U.S.A. I attended three TCM Classic Film Festival events today:
Remembering Robert Osborne
While the entire festival this year is dedicated to Robert Osborne, the original host of TCM who passed away on March 6, 2017 at the age of 84, this event was a 90-minute tribute panel hosted by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz with many of Robert’s TCM team members talking about what it was like working with him.
Everyone unanimously recounted what a consummate professional and gentleman he was and how he treated his co-workers and fans with the utmost kindness and respect.
Probably what was most interesting to me was the emotional connection so many had with classic cinema and with Robert (myself included). I know that watching old movies with my mom, including many on TCM, was a true bonding experience. Other people in attendance reported the same thing–the classic movies shown on TCM and introduced by Robert Osborne helped connect to our past and bring comfort to the present.
Love Crazy (1941)
I loved, loved, loved, this romantic screwball comedy. Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, it was a total delight. The screening was introduced by actress Dana Delaney.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
A scary and beautiful film and one of Alfred Hitchcock’s first films made in the UK. The TCM folks screened a nitrate print of the film and director Martin Scorese was on hand to introduce it.