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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Red Carpet Event

Photos by Mary McCord, Editor Classic Film Watch, unless noted otherwise.

Martin Scorsese      Mel Brooks
Director Martin Scorsese received TCM's first annual Robert Osborne       Director Mel Brooks participated in a conversation about his film
award for film preservation. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio presented.            
   The Producers, which opened the Festival. 

 Cicely Tyson     Keith Carradine
Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson posed for a photo with her niece, Rebecca       Actor and Musician Keith Carradine attended the TCM opening
Grandison, on the Red Carpet. Ms. Tyson was at the Festival to place her         night gala. He introduced the 1939 films,
The Roaring Twen-
hand and foot prints in cement on the forecourt of the TCL Chinese                  
ties and Woman of the Year, during the Festival.
Theatre IMAX. She was also slated to discuss her film, Sounder, which
was being screened during the Festival.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Actress Cicely Tyson Hand and Footprint Ceremony

Mankiewicz, Cicely Tyson, Tyler Perry    Cicely Tyson    Cicely Tyson Footprints
TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz and Director-Actor Tyler            Cicely Tyson, happy and excited after      The cement plaque of Cicely Tyson's
Perry shown with Actress Cicely Tyson at the Hand and        the ceremony.                                            hand and footprints.
Footprints Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX.
Both Mankiewicz and Perry spoke about Ms. Tyson's

Ruta Lee    Alicia Malone and Keith Carradine    Norman Lloyd Marsha Hunt
Actress Ruta Lee introduced the 1957      Many Festival-goers dressed in 20's attire to attend        Actor-Producer Norman Lloyd greets Actress
Witness for the Prosecution.           the 1939 film, The Roaring Twenties, screened              Marsha Hunt at the screening of her 1944
(Photo courtesy of TCM.)                         poolside at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.        film,
None Shall Escape. (Photo courtesy
                                                                  TCM Host Alicia Malone and Actor-Musician Keith       of TCM.)
                                                                  Carradine introduced the film. (Ph. courtesy of TCM.)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Films, Discussions and Presentations

Donald Bogle; Jacqueline Stewart and Mario Van Peebles     Nancy Olson Livingston     Dyan Cannon
Through a Lens of Color: Black Representation in          Nancy Olson Livingston who played a        Dyan Cannon spoke about her 1978
was a panel discussion moderated by Donald             significant role in Sunset Boulevard          film, Heaven Can Wait. (Photo
Bogle (left) with Professor Jacqueline Stewart and film-   discussed the 1950 film. TCM Host              courtesy of TCM.)
maker Mario Van Peebles participating. Van Peebles        Dave Karger interviewed her. (Photo by
also introduced his 1971 film
Sweet Sweetback's              Linda McCord.)
Baadasssss Song during the Festival.
(Photo courtesy
of TCM).

Jeff Bridges    Show People   Bullitt Poster
Coleman Breland, President Turner Classic Movies        The 1928 silent film,
Show People, celebrates its       Starring Steve McQueen, the
and Turner Content Experiences; Genevieve                  90th anniversary this year. The film's star, Marion     1968 film,
Bullitt, contains one
McGillicuddy, TCM VP, Brand Activation & Part-         Davies, excelled in comedic situations and made        of the most famous chase scenes
nership; Actor Jeff Bridges; Ben Mankiewicz, Prime-    her mark. (Lucille Ball credited her as being a          in film history. The 11-minute
Time Host, TCM; and Jennifer Dorian, General            major influence.) Musician Ben Model provided        chase took three weeks to film.
Manager, TCM. Bridges was at the Festival to                live accompaniment.
discuss his 1998 film,
The Big Lebowski. (Photo
courtesy of TCM.)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

More Films and Discussions

Robert Benton, Sally Fields    Silk Stockings    The Phantom of the Opera
Films Places of the Heart, Silk Stockings, The Phantom of the Opera

Mankiewicz Family
Members of the Mankiewicz family gathered for a panel discussion about grow-
ing up as part of "
Hollywood Royalty." From left to right: Josh Mankiewicz,
Dateline NBC Correspondent; Alex Mankiewicz, graphic illustrator; Ben
Mankiewicz, TCM Host; and John Mankiewicz, writer on
House of Cards
and Bosch.  

                    A Letter to Three Wives

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     This 1949 film, a personal favorite of mine, was introduced by TCM Host Ben
Mankiewicz and his cousin, Alex Mankiewicz, daughter of the writer and director,
Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It was a family reunion for Ben and Alex. Because Alex haS
been living in Australia, she and Ben had not seen each other for 25 years until this
     The film centers around three wives who receive a letter from the town's
femme fatale, Addie Ross, just as they are leaving on a boat trip for an outing with
a children's group. In the letter, they are told that Addie has run off with one of
their husbands. Since each has been experiencing problems in her marriage, much
of the film is devoted to reliving events via flashbacks as each wife tries to deter-
mine if it is her husband.
     The wonderful cast includes Linda Darnell, Ann Southern and Kirk Douglas.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz won Oscars for both writing and directing.

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What to do in Hollywood Once the Screen Fades to Black

By Mary McCord, Classic Film Watch Editor

     Once the excitement and film-filled days of the TCM Festival is over, you have time on your hands. I travel to the Festival with my sister, Linda, and in recent years, we have started staying a day or two longer to rest up from the busy schedule of the Festival and to see the sights. In the past, we’ve gone to museums, taken bus tours ofMary McCord Hollywood and eaten in restaurants. Restaurants are a big deal since during the busy four-day Festival there is no time to eat a meal and we depend on theatre popcorn during the day.

TCM Backlot Prize
     This year, there was business to take care of first. Linda, who is a TCM Backlot member, attended a fan club gathering and won a very large, framed photo of Leslie Caron from the film Gigi. It was part of the decoration of the Club TCM set up at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Arranging for shipping home to Alabama took most of the morning, but this was a necessity since she really loved the artwork.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
     We decided to spend the afternoon at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where some of Hollywood’s famous stars are interred. I decided that the best way to go was to take the metro from the theatre district to the Vine Street stop. Then, we walked down Vine, which is part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, turning onto Santa Robert Osborne Star of FameMonica Boulevard where the cemetery is located. It ended up being about a one and one-fourth mile walk. Just like a bored child on a long drive who plays a game of identifying car tags from different states, I began noticing the stars on the Walk of Fame that had been in the films shown at the Festival.
     There were stars for: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (Love Finds Andy Hardy); Lauren Bacall (How to Marry a Millionaire);  Maurice Chevalier (Gigi); Cyd Charisse (Silk Stockings); Cary Grant (His Girl Friday); Nancy Olson (Sunset Boulevard); Linda Darnell (A Letter To Three Wives); and Boris Karloff (The Raven). This film was Director Roger Corman’s fifth Edgar Allen Poe adaptation and is a horror-comedy that also stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and a very young Jack Nicholson.
     The star that touched me the most was the one for Robert Osborne, TCM’s late host, located  in front of the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. In his honor, an award will be presented at each Festival to an individual who has made strides in film preservation. Director Martin Scorsese received the award this year.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
     When we reached the cemetery, my impression was that it was peaceful and beautiful with flowers blooming everywhere, including bougainvilleas and roses, along with the largest variety of succulents that I have ever seen.  When I walked through the cemetery and came across a pond with white swans floating and then surprisingly encountered a colorful, live peacock, I had to add the word “charming” to my description.
     If you’re taking a self-guided tour, it is extremely helpful to stop at the gift and flower shop near the entrance to purchase a $5.00 map. The cemetery is very large and was established in 1899 well before the film industry flourished. So, most of the population of the cemetery are Los Angeles founders and citizens who were not involved in filmmaking.
     First, we went to the far eastern side of the cemetery because that seemed to be the area where many stars were interred.  In that area, we saw Hattie McDaniel’s grave (Gone With the Wind) near the pond. Mickey Rooney’s crypt was on the other side of the street in front of the Cathedral Mausoleum. Nearby, there is a statute Mickey Rooney's burial siteof Toto, Dorothy’s dog, from the Wizard of Oz. Her grave had been destroyed elsewhere and her owner installed a memorial here. Also nearby is the Fairbanks lawn where Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr. are interred in a raised tomb with a marble monument for them. The interment spot features a long, rectangular reflecting pool and classic Greek architecture. Outdoor movies are sometimes shown in this area.
     The Cathedral Mausoleum closes at 2:00pm and we were too late to go inside where we would have seen the crypts of such film greats as Rudolph Valentino, famous for his Argentine Tango in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Eleanor Powell, believed to be the world’s greatest tap dancer; and Peter Lorre who starred in Bogart films, Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. And he danced, too (sort of in a comedic way) in the Fred Astaire film, Silk Stockings, shown at the Festival.
     On our way to the other side of the cemetery, we met a man who has relatives buried here. We took him up on his offer to show us the Judy Garland Pavilion. Judy Garland’s marbled crypt was very elegant. He said that she was originally interred in a mausoleum in New York, but she was moved to this cemetery in 2017.  He also pointed out the crypts of some other stars, including the Talmadge sisters (Constance, Natalie and Norma).
     During our conversation, we found out that his name is John Hugh McKnight, a former actor. He told us some interesting stories.
     In 1967, he danced in the Elvis Presley film, Easy Come, Easy Go. One day on the set, he mentioned to Elvis that he wanted to get into the Screen Actor’s Guild. Later on, Elvis requested that he and his dance partner be moved nearer to him on the set. They gave him one line to say which made him eligible for membership in the Guild. He also worked on several TV shows, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Here’s Lucy and Hotel. We were lucky to meet such an interesting and knowledgeable person in this impressive cemetery. I would like to visit again someday.

Argentine Tango Milonga
     Our final day in Hollywood, I took it easy and arranged for us to go to an Argentine Tango milonga (dance) that was being held that evening at the Candela La Brea, an event venue nearby. There was a group lesson before the milonga. I had taken lessons back in Birmingham and took this lesson, also. The wood dance floor was well-kept and the music system and acoustics were very good. Even though we didn’t know anyone there and were both beginners, we managed to dance quite a bit. This was because it was very crowded with around 25 couples on the dance floor at any given time. Everyone was friendly and even talked while dancing. This was a surprise since Tango is a difficult dance which requires much concentration. It was fun and nice to meet new people—-a perfect end to our TCM Festival trip.










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