TCM Film Festival Pass Holders always find the last two months before a festival begins to be anxiety-driven. What other films will be screened? Who will our special guests be? What kind of panels will be organized for club TCM? Which film will be the opening night Gala Premiere on Thursday?
This year, festival fun unofficially begins with arriving passholders from all over the country and the world on Tuesday and Wednesday. Pass holders coming to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and other nearby accommodations eventually populate all the lodgings, restaurants, and entertainment venues near the center of activity on Hollywood Boulevard.
Will we unexpectedly find friends attending a Film Noir Festival event at The Egyptian?
Will we meet new friends while we watch the Red Carpet Guests?
Will we learn about new film books we want to read? Will there be some new book signings?
All that and more will soon be revealed in less than two months!
What do we know for sure?
We’ve got a Peter Bogdanovich tribute and The Last Picture Show, as well as What’s Up Doc!
We’ve got Genevieve Bujold and King of Hearts!
Wonderful Kate MacMurray returns to introduce her father’s film with Claudette Colbert, The Egg & I.
“The fest also will showcase several world premiere restoration screenings, anniversary screenings and live music events.
Oscar nominees Peter Bogdanovich and Genevieve Bujold will be among the special guests. The fest will take place in Hollywood April 6-9.
Bogdanovich, the legendary writer, director and film historian, will appear at screenings of his films The Last Picture Show (1971) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972), while Bujold will introduce the U.S. restoration of King of Hearts (1966) in which she stars. Also in attendance at the fest will be Kate MacMurray, the daughter of the late actor Fred MacMurray, who will be part of the festivities surrounding the 70th anniversary world premiere of a restored version of her father’s film The Egg and I (1947).
Other special offerings include world premiere restoration screenings of The Court Jester (1955) and, in 3D, Those Redheads From Seattle (1955); 75th anniversary screenings of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and The Palm Beach Story (1942); screenings of pre-Code classics The Front Page (1931), Red-Headed Woman (1932) and Twentieth Century (1934); and two special presentations: The Great Nickelodeon Show and Beyond the Mouse: The 1930s Cartoons of UB IWerks.
Additionally, there will be special live music events: the Alloy Orchestra will return to the fest to accompany a screening of the Harold Lloyd classic Speedy (1928), while composer-musician Stephen Horne and musician Diana Rowan will accompany a screening of Stella Dallas (1925).
And don’t forget about upcoming Fathom Events on Sunday, February 12, and Wednesday, February 15, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in Leo McCarey’s An Affair to Remember.