Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Hayley Mills and Richard Roundtree Join Roster for 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival
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Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Hayley Mills and Richard Roundtree Join Roster for 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival
Anniversary Presentations of Reds (1981), The Parent Trap (1961), Whistle Down the Wind (1961) and Shaft (1971), Plus World Premiere Restorations of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and The Guns of Navarone (1961) among Latest Events Slated for Four-Day Festival Taking Place April 28 – May 1
Oscar®-winning actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty, Emmy®-winner and Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin, Oscar-winning actress Hayley Mills and Golden Globe®-nominated actor Richard Roundtree have joined the growing roster of special guests for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 – May 1. The festival will also include two films starring legendary actor Gregory Peck, introduced by the late actor’s family and his To Kill a Mockingbird co-star Mary Badham; world premieres of the 50th anniversary restorations of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and The Guns of Navarone (1961); a special screening of the groundbreaking musical Cabin in the Sky (1943), introduced by film historian and author Donald Bogle, whose latest book Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters has just been released; and recently re-discovered gems like the long-unseen The Constant Nymph (1943).
Baldwin, who starts his third season co-hosting TCM’s The Essentials movie showcase with Robert Osborne March 5, is set to interview Beatty as the prelude to a 30th Anniversary screening of Reds (1981). Mills will be on-hand to take part in 50th anniversary screenings of The Parent Trap (1961) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961), the latter based on a novel by her mother, Mary Hayley Bell. Roundtree is set to present a 40th anniversary screening of the landmark blaxploitation flick Shaft (1971), the film that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.
The family of Oscar winner Gregory Peck will pay tribute to the late actor with two screenings, including the world premiere a new restoration of The Guns of Navarone (1961), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. They will be joined by actress Mary Badham to introduce Peck’s Oscar-winning performance in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), in which Badham played Peck’s daughter.
In addition to the 50th anniversary world-premiere restoration of the romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), the festival will feature the world premiere of the 35th anniversary digital restoration of the Clint Eastwood western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), as well as a 35th anniversary screening of the Paddy Chayefsky-penned Network (1976).
Three major musicals have joined the lineup as part of a multi-faceted celebration of movie music: the landmark African-American musical Cabin in the Sky (1943), introduced by film historian and frequent TCM contributor Donald Bogle; the Oscar-winning West Side Story (1961), presented in 70mm in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary; and Pennies from Heaven (1981), writer Dennis Potter’s nostalgic musical marking its 30th anniversary.
The festival’s celebration of movie music will also feature a salute to composer Bernard Herrmann in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. His work will be the focus of a 60th anniversary screening of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), a 35th anniversary presentation of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) and a screening of the fantasy classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). A salute to Roy Rogers, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the singing cowboy’s birth, will include screenings of Under Western Stars (1938), Cowboy and the Senorita (1944), My Pal Trigger (1946) and Trigger Jr. (1950).
Among many rediscovered gems added to the festival lineup are the long-out-of-circulation romance The Constant Nymph (1943), a frequently requested film that earned star Joan Fontaine an Oscar nomination; The Devil is a Woman (1935), one of seven collaborations between actress Marlene Dietrich and filmmaker Josef von Sternberg; and the pre-code comedy This is the Night (1932), Cary Grant’s first feature film role. They join such previously announced rarities as Went the Day Well? (1942) and Night Flight (1933).
For night owls, Film Forum programmer Bruce Goldstein will cue up a screening of William Castle’s horror gem The Tingler (1959), complete with several surprises in keeping with Castle’s reputation as a master of promotional gimmicks.
About the TCM Classic Film Festival
The multi-faceted TCM Classic Film Festival – which runs from April 28 – May 1, 2011, in Hollywood – will be packed with more than 60 screenings, including special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and more. Vanity Fair is once again joining TCM as a festival partner. The magazine will produce the exclusive, opening-night after-party that will follow the red-carpet gala screening of An American in Paris. TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the festival. Time Warner Cable is also an official festival partner.
Leslie Caron, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones, Jane Powell, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Hayley Mills, Richard Roundtree and Roger Corman are just a few of the notables slated to appear during the festival. Throughout the festival, TCM will celebrate movie music, with multi-film tributes to George and Ira Gershwin, composer Bernard Herrmann and singing cowboy Roy Rogers. The festival will also celebrate the musical legacy of Walt Disney, including his Silly Symphonies and Laugh-O-Gram shorts.
Among the numerous films slated for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival are Reds (1981), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), West Side Story (1961), The Parent Trap (1961), Whistle Down the Wind (1961), The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), La Dolce Vita (1960), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Went the Day Well? (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), Fantasia (1940), Dodsworth (1936), Hoop-La (1933), The Cameraman (1928) and The Merry Widow (1925), to name a few. TCM is dedicated to showcasing the best possible projection, including digital, 35mm and 70mm prints. Most of the films presented during the TCM Classic Film Festival have been digitally restored and remastered.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Oscars® ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for attendees. The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festival goers. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Multiplex and the Egyptian Theatre. Delta is the official airline partner.
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2011 TCM Classic Film Festival
Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Hollywood
The following are the events and screenings announced so far for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival. Newly announced screenings and events are marked with a star (?). Additional program announcements will be made right up until the start of the festival.
Opening Night Event
An American in Paris (1951) – World premiere of new 60th Anniversary restoration, featuring live appearance by Leslie Caron – Thursday, April 28, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Kicking off the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival is this colorful musical about a painter finding art and romance in the City of Lights. Gene Kelly stars in the film with Leslie Caron, who will appear at the gala presentation. The musical score is packed with Gershwin classics, and the dance sequences are among cinema’s most memorable. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture.
Anniversaries, Restorations and Discoveries
The festival will be packed with a number of outstanding films that are primed to be rediscovered by film fans. Each film has been painstakingly restored and features work by well-known film personalities.
? Reds (1981) – 30th anniversary screening introduced by Warren Beatty and Alec Baldwin
Warren Beatty earned an Oscar for directing this powerful look at the life and career of revolutionary journalist and activist John Reed. Diane Keaton co-stars as fellow writer Louise Bryant, with Jack Nicholson as playwright Eugene O’Neill and Oscar-winner Maureen Stapleton as social activist Emma Goldman. Among the film’s many highlights are Vittorio Storaro’s Oscar-winning cinematography and the intriguing use of commentary by real-life activists, writers and educators interspersed throughout the story. Beatty, who also earned Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture nominations for the film, will discuss its legacy during a pre-screening interview with Alec Baldwin, co-host of TCM’s The Essentials movie showcase.
? The Parent Trap (1961) – 50th anniversary screening introduced by Hayley Mills
This delightful comedy stars Hayley Mills as a pair of sisters who were separated shortly after birth when their parents divorced. Now they’re determined to get the adults back together. This film marked Mills’ second of six projects for Disney. It features three songs written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, including the title song performed by Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello.
? Whistle Down the Wind (1961) – 50th anniversary screening introduced by Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills stars in this allegorical drama based on a book by her mother, novelist Mary Hayley Bell. Mills plays the oldest of three children who protect a fugitive in their barn after mistaking him for Jesus. Alan Bates and Bernard Lee also star, with Bryan Forbes making his feature debut as director. The whistling on the soundtrack was reportedly provided by Sir Richard Attenborough. This story was later turned into a stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Jim Steinman.
? Shaft (1971) – 40th anniversary screening introduced by Richard Roundtree
This seminal blaxploitation flick stars Richard Roundtree as a private detective on the hunt for the daughter of a Harlem mobster. Directed by the legendary Gordon Parks, the film is based on a novel by Ernest Tidyman. Isaac Hayes wrote and performed the theme song, which earned the Oscar for Best Original Song.
? Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – World premiere of 50th anniversary restoration
Truman Capote’s flighty story comes to the big screen with Audrey Hepburn as a backwoods girl who runs away to find success in New York. There, she finds herself involved with a gigolo (George Peppard). Patricia Neal and Mickey Rooney co-star. Henry Mancini’s score, including the Oscar-winning song “Moon River, co-written with Johnny Mercer, is a favorite of many movie fans.
? The Guns of Navarone (1961) – World premiere of 50th anniversary digital restoration introduced by the Gregory Peck’s family
Gregory Peck headlines this exciting World War II action film based on a novel by Alistair MacLean. The story follows the Dodecanese Campaign, in which Allied commandos seek to destroy an impregnable German fortress. David Niven and Anthony Quinn co-star. The film earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (J. Lee Thompson), and won the award for its outstanding special effects.
? To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – Introduced by Gregory Peck’s family, as well as co-star Mary Badham
Robert Mulligan’s powerful adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel stars Gregory Peck in an Oscar-winning performance as Atticus Finch, a widowed Southern lawyer who risks everything to stand up against racism. The story is told from the point of view of his daughter, Scout (Mary Badham), a tomboy who spends her summer days with her older brother, Jem (Phillip Alford) and their awkward neighbor Dill (John Megna), the latter based on Lee’s close friend, Truman Capote. Brock Peters co-stars as a black sharecropper wrongly accused of raping a white woman, and Robert Duvall, in his film debut, plays Scout and Jem’s mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. This true American classic also earned Oscars for Horton Foote’s memorable screenplay and the evocative art direction/set decoration by Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead and Oliver Emert.
? The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) – World premiere of 35th anniversary digital restoration
Clint Eastwood’s revisionist western features the actor as a peaceful Missouri farmer driven to revenge after his wife and son are killed. Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke and Sam Bottoms co-star. Bruce Surtees’ cinematography and Jerry Fielding’s Oscar-nominated score are among the many highlights in this widely praised film.
? Network (1976) – 35th anniversary screening of archival print from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Archive
This prescient film from director Sidney Lumet follows the behind-the-scenes wrangling over a network news program after its anchor becomes unhinged on camera. Predicting the rise of reality television and other media trends, Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award®-winning script is a satirical masterpiece, providing the perfect foundation for Oscar-winning performances by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight, as well as nominated performances by William Holden and Ned Beatty.
? The Constant Nymph (1943) – Long-out-of-circulation film and one of TCM’s most requested titles
Joan Fontaine earned her third Oscar nomination for this passionate romance about a girl who falls madly in love with a self-absorbed but married composer, played by Charles Boyer. Alexis Smith co-stars as Boyer’s wife. Edmund Goulding directed this intelligent, touching story, which features a sweeping score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. This film has long been out of circulation because of competing rights for Margaret Kennedy’s novel and play. It is among the movies most frequently requested by TCM fans.
? The Devil is a Woman (1935) – World premiere of restoration presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art
This drama set in Spain stars Marlene Dietrich as a woman who belongs to nobody and is the obsession of many. Lionel Atwill and Cesar Romero co-star. This marked the last of seven collaborations between Dietrich and filmmaker Josef von Sternberg.
? This is the Night (1932) – UCLA restoration
Thelma Todd plays a woman caught between two men in this pre-code comedy full of risqué elements. Cary Grant scores in his first feature film role as Todd’s javelin-throwing husband, while Roland Young plays her paramour. Frank Tuttle directed the film, which is based on a play by Henry Falk.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – Introduced by Roger Corman
Roger Corman, who celebrates his 85th birthday in April, is set to introduce his Grand Guignol thriller-comedy starring Jonathan Haze as a nudnik trapped in a Faustian agreement with a blood-thirsty plant. Jackie Joseph co-stars as the woman he hopes to impress. Jack Nicholson steals the movie as a masochist who gets his kicks out of dental work. Although reportedly made in only two days on a shoestring budget, this film is now considered one of Corman’s best. It even served as the basis for an off-Broadway and film musical.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – World premiere of 60th anniversary digital restoration
Vivien Leigh earned her second Oscar as Tennessee William’s faded beauty Blanche Dubois in Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation. Marlon Brando plays the volatile Stanley Kowalski, while Kim Hunter and Karl Malden turn in Oscar-winning performances as Stella and Mitch. Alex North provided the jazz-tinged score.
La Dolce Vita (1960) – West coast premiere of 50th anniversary restoration presented in partnership with The Film Foundation and Gucci
Federico Fellini’s beautifully restored masterpiece stars Marcello Mastroianni as a tabloid reporter trying to find meaning in his shallow existence. Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée and Yvonne Furneaux co-star. The memorable costumes earned designer Piero Gherardi an Oscar. On the 50th anniversary of the film’s U.S. release, TCM presents the West Coast premiere of a new restoration from the Film Foundation in conjunction with Gucci, making this sweet life even sweeter.
Went the Day Well? (1942) – North American premiere of new 35mm restoration presented in partnership with Rialto Pictures
This newly rediscovered masterwork by director Alberto Cavalcanti stars Leslie Banks and Elizabeth Allan in the story of a British village dealing with an invasion of German paratroopers during World War II. Although told in flashback as if the war is already over, the film was made several years before the outcome of the war would be known. The outstanding script is based on a story by Graham Greene.
Hoop-La (1933) – World premiere of new restoration presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
This pre-Code romantic drama marks the final feature film of the “It” girl, Clara Bow, as she plays a carnival hula dancer out to seduce the carnival owner’s son. Although Bow was originally unenthusiastic about making the film and was only doing it so she could finish her studio contract and retire, her excellent performance lifts the material above the ordinary. Preston Foster and Richard Cromwell co-star under the direction of Frank Lloyd.
Night Flight (1933) – Re-emergence of long unseen film
Unseen since it was pulled from circulation in 1942, this all-star aerial drama re-emerges at the TCM Classic Film Festival. John Barrymore stars as the head of a South American airline who drives his pilots, including Clark Gable, to the brink of death as they deliver necessary supplies to remote regions. The outstanding cast includes Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy and Lionel Barrymore, appearing onscreen with his brother for the fifth and last time.
Dodsworth (1936) – 75th anniversary premiere of new print
Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton star in William Wyler’s underappreciated adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about a retired industrialist who takes his wife to Europe, only to find a surprising new life. This remarkably mature film features an intelligent script by Sidney Howard and Oscar-winning interior decoration by Richard Day.
Music and the Movies
Throughout the festival, TCM will celebrate cinema’s legacy of music, from great songwriters to outstanding composers.
? Cabin in the Sky (1943) – Introduced by film historian and author Donald Bogle
This groundbreaking musical features an all-star cast in a retelling of the Faust legend. Ethel Waters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Lena Horne, Rex Ingram and Duke Ellington star in Vincente Minnelli’s debut film as a director. Among the musical highlights is Waters’ performance of the Oscar-nominated “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe.” Film historian and author Donald Bogle, whose latest book is Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters, will introduce the screening.
? West Side Story (1961) – 50th anniversary screening of 70mm print
This extraordinary musical combines the talents of choreographer/co-director Jerome Robbins, composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, co-director Robert Wise and writers Ernest Lehman and Arthur Laurents. The result is one of the greatest film musicals ever made. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer lead the cast as star-crossed lovers in the mold of Romeo & Juliet. Rita Moreno and George Chakiris earned two of the film’s 10 Oscars. The brilliant songs have become permanently entrenched in pop culture, with such tunes as “Maria,” “Tonight,” “Somewhere” and “America,” to name a few.
? Pennies from Heaven (1981) – 30th anniversary screening of new print
This unique musical, adapted from Dennis Potter’s popular British television series, stars Steve Martin as a married Depression-era sheet-music salesman who falls for another woman. Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken and Jessica Harper co-star under the direction of Herbert Ross. Danny Daniels’ choreography faithfully recreates the style of such legendary Hollywood choreographers as Busby Berkeley and Hermes Pan. The songs are taken from vintage musicals of the period, with the stars cleverly lip-syncing to the recordings.
Royal Wedding (1951) – Introduced by Jane Powell
This lively MGM musical features Fred Astaire and Jane Powell as a brother-sister dance pair who take their show to England at the time of the wedding for Queen Elizabeth II. This Alan Jay Lerner-Burton Lane musical features Astaire’s famous dancing-on-the-ceiling routine, along with the outstanding Astaire-Powell duet “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You (When You Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life)?”
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) – Introduced by Jane Powell
Stanley Donen directed this widescreen musical spectacular starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. Keel plays a woodsman who decides, along with his brothers, to get married. But their method of proposing leaves a lot to be desired. This dance-filled film features a score by Johnny Mercer and Gene DePaul, plus knockout choreography by Michael Kidd, including the memorable barn-raising sequence.
Carousel (1956) – Introduced by Shirley Jones
This beautifully filmed widescreen musical tells the story of a rowdy carnival barker who tries to better himself when he falls in love. Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones star in this Rogers and Hammerstein adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s Liliom, which features such memorable songs as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Soliloquy” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) – Introduced by Debbie Reynolds
Meredith Willson’s delightful musical makes the transition from Broadway to the big screen with this lavish film. Debbie Reynolds stars in the title role as a backwoods girl who eventually became the richest woman in Denver and went on to survive the sinking of the Titanic. Songs include “I Ain’t Down Yet” and “Belly Up to the Bar, Boys.”
A Celebration of Bernard Herrmann
From Alfred Hitchcock to Orson Welles, composer Bernard Herrmann collaborated with some of Hollywood’s greatest film artists. His innovative and evocative scores continue to influence composers today. The festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth with several screenings.
Citizen Kane (1941) – World premiere of a 70th anniversary restoration
Orson Welles’ chronicle of the rise and fall of a media mogul is considered by many to be the greatest film ever made, thanks to its groundbreaking storytelling style and technical prowess. Welles brought many of his Mercury Theatre players and craftspeople to Hollywood for the film, including composer Bernard Herrmann, who would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most respected composers.
? The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – 60th anniversary presentation
Robert Wise’s sci-fi drama stars Michael Rennie as a visitor from outer space who comes with a warning for the people of Earth. Patricia Neal co-stars as the woman who helps him. Robert Wise’s pacifist drama has been hailed as one of the genre’s finest works. Bernard Herrmann’s score features several electronic instruments not commonly used in 1951, including the eerie-sounding Theremin, which later became a staple of science-fiction films.
? The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
The colorful fantasy stars Kerwin Matthews as the title hero, who sets out to save a princess shrunken by an evil wizard. This marked one of Herrmann’s numerous collaborations with producer Charles H. Schneer and special effects master Ray Harryhausen. Herrmann’s music for a scene in which Sinbad battles a skeleton is a xylophone tour de force.
? Taxi Driver (1976) – New restoration and 35th anniversary
Martin Scorsese’s brutal thriller features Robert DeNiro in one of his most disturbing roles as Travis Bickle, a disillusioned cab driver bent on cleaning up the streets of New York. Jodie Foster is a child prostitute who becomes an object of his obsession. Using a jazzy, mournful saxophone, Bernard Herrmann invokes a film noir feel for this dark movie set mostly at night.
Happy Trails: Roy Rogers
The TCM Classic Film Festival will salute Roy Rogers, the “King of the Singing Cowboys,” with four music-filled westerns, all restored in time for the 100th anniversary of Rogers’ birth.
? Under Western Stars (1938)
Roy Rogers landed his first starring role for Republic Pictures with this tuneful western. The story follows the cowboy as he seeks election to public office in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. Songs include “Dust,” “Send My Mail to the Country Jail,” “Back to the Backwoods,” “Rogers for Congressman” and “When a Cowboy Sings a Song.”
? Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)
Roy comes to the rescue when a villain tries to steal a goldmine from the young woman who inherited it from her dead father. Mary Lee and Rogers’ wife, Dale Evans, co-star. In addition to the title song, the film features such Phil Ohman-Ned Washington tunes as “The Enchilada Man” and “What’ll I Use for Money?”
? My Pal Trigger (1946)
Roy sets out to clear his name when he is accused of killing a prize horse in this western co-starring Dale Evans and George “Gabby” Hayes. Songs include “Ole Faithful,” “Livin’ Western Style” “All the Cowhands Want to Marry Harriet” and “El Rancho Grande.”
? Trigger Jr. (1950)
When a killer horse is set loose by a local villain, it’s up to Roy to save the day with the help of his own trusty steed. Dale Evans and Grant Withers co-star. Roy Rogers and The Riders of the Purple Sage sing “May the Good Lord Take a Likin’ to You,” “Stampede” and “The Big Rodeo.” This film was released just one year before Rogers and Evans launched the long-running television series The Roy Rogers Show.
Nice Work if You Can Get It: The Film Music of George and Ira Gershwin
TCM will celebrate the work of George and Ira Gershwin with a collection of films featuring their most memorable songs, including the opening-night gala screening of An American in Paris (1951).
Girl Crazy (1943) – Introduced by Mickey Rooney
As part of the festival’s multi-film celebration of songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney will make a rare public appearance for a presentation of the Gershwin musical Girl Crazy, in which he starred with Judy Garland.
Shall We Dance (1937)
This sparkling musical comedy features Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as a dance team posing as husband and wife. Eric Blore and Edward Everett Horton co-star. The wonderful Gershwin score includes “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”
Disney’s Musical Legacy
Presented in collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, this multi-faceted collection of screenings will celebrate Disney’s history of bringing music and film together.
Fantasia (1940) – Recently restored edition
This groundbreaking animated anthology, one of Walt Disney’s most astonishing achievements, combines classical music with animated imagery, from the abstract (“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”) to the hilarious (“Dance of the Hours”) to the awe-inspiring (“Night on Bald Mountain” / “Ave Maria”). A commercial failure when it was first released, the film has since become a cultural treasure, thanks not only to the innovative recording and animation techniques, but also to Mickey Mouse’s memorable appearance as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Silly Symphonies – Curated by Leonard Maltin
Film historian Leonard Maltin will curate and introduce this collection of memorable Silly Symphonies shorts. Walt Disney Productions created 75 of these music-filled animated shorts from 1929 to 1939. Many of the featured shorts (rarely theatrically screened) broke new ground in animation techniques, garnering seven Academy Awards® along the way.
Laugh-O-Grams – Newly discovered and restored shorts, presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Family Museum and Museum of Modern Art
This collection of recently discovered and restored Laugh-O-Grams heralds the earliest days of Walt Disney’s career. Before he started the studio that would bear his name, Disney started the Laugh-O-Grams studio. Located on the second floor of a brick building in Kansas City, Mo., the Laugh-O-Gram studio became home to many of the pioneers of animation. The building, which still stands, is also said to have provided Disney with the inspiration for his most enduring character, Mickey Mouse
A Special Tribute to Disney Live-Action Musicals
After establishing its artistic reputation through animated films, the Disney studio moved into the realm of live-action musicals. The TCM Classic Film Festival’s Disney celebration will include a special tribute to the Disney Live-Action Musicals.
The Silent Legacy
Silent films were never truly silent, and the festival will highlight the unique role that live music played during the pre-talking pictures era.
The Merry Widow (1925) – Introduced by film historian/documentarian Kevin Brownlow and featuring the North American premiere composer Maud Nelissen performing the score live with a ten-person orchestra
Erich von Stroheim’s silent adaptation of Franz Lehár’s features great performances by John Gilbert as a prince and Mae Murray as the American showgirl who captures his affection. Although relatively tame by von Stroheim standards, this film still features several intriguing touches. Brownlow, who has written several books and directed numerous documentaries on the silent era, will introduce this special screening.
The Cameraman (1928) – Featuring live musical accompaniment by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks
Buster Keaton’s hilarious comedy features “The Great Stoneface” as a wannabe newsreel cameraman who is lovesick for a young woman. Marceline Day and Harold Goodwin co-star. This presentation will feature musical accompaniment by the popular jazz-music ensemble Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. The group, which was formed in 1976, is renowned for performing music of the 1920s and 1930s. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have appeared in venues around the country and contributed to soundtracks for The Aviator, Revolutionary Road, Public Enemies and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, among others.
? The Tingler (1959) – Introduced by Film Forum programmer Bruce Goldstein and presented in partnership with Film Forum
Featuring one of director William Castle’s most intriguing concepts, this unique horror film stars Vincent Price as a scientist who discovers fear is caused by a creature that grows along the human spine. Castle pulls out all the stops to keep moviegoers on edge, with such memorable scenes as an LSD trip and a dream sequence with color tinting. TCM has several surprises in store for the audience in keeping with Castle’s reputation as Hollywood’s master of promotional gimmicks.