I always knew I’d see a lot of movies and meet a lot of people at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. (That is the actual name. Yes, they repeat “Classic.” But most refer to it as TCMFF.)
What I didn’t foresee is how great the introductions and discussions before the films are. These are usually given by people connected with the film, whether they are actual cast or crew, relatives of same, or film scholars who are experts on it.
One highlight so far was the interview with Eva Marie Saint before the screening of On The Waterfront. Another was the Safe in Hell discussion between film historian Donald Bogle and the director’s son, William Wellman, Jr. In both cases, I got a big dose of the behind-the-scenes info about how these classics were made and the colorful personalities who made them.
Today is Day 3, bringing more tough choices between more incredible movies. For instance, this morning I’m still torn between a Bugs Bunny retrospective and The Ladykillers.
As I’ve never walked down Hollywood Blvd. before, I’m sure I’ll be taking more of these:
I’m planning a complete post when I return.