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and now for a special presentation

 

From lectures by Oscar winners and Q&As with Hollywood legends to rare screenings of films that happen to be over 100 years old, I've had the opportunity to see some memorable special presentations in LA. Below are some highlights.

April 11, 2024

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Welcome to my 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival pre-Code preview! (If you missed it, my full fest preview is here.)

 

There are a total of nine pre-Codes—yes, NINE—programmed this year. That’s 11% of the 2024 slate, a higher number than normal.

April 4, 2024

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The 15th annual TCM Classic Film Festival officially kicks off in two weeks, running from April 18-21. TCM released the full program last week, which was my cue to jump into crazed organizational mode.

“Most Wanted: Crime and Justice in Film” is the theme for the 2024 festival. Past events treated themes loosely, keeping them broad enough to invite a variety of different genres.

March 28, 2024

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Every two years, the UCLA Film and Television Archive presents their Festival of Preservation. The schedule always delivers a stunning grab bag of TV series, features, newsreels, silents, animations, and international offerings.

March 19, 2024

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Pre-Codes plus cocktails? Now that’s a way to spend an evening—at least to me! André Darlington’s Forbidden Cocktails profiles 50 pre-Code films and pairs each with a distinctive mixed drink. The premise certainly makes sense for fans who know about the pre-Code period. After all, alcohol was a mainstay in films of this era, one that was right in line with the period’s signature audacity, as Prohibition was in effect until December 1933.

March 7, 2024

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After a brief detour to Santa Monica last year, Noir City Hollywood is back in the heart of Hollywood! The festival returns to the recently re-opened Egyptian Theatre for its 25th edition from March 22-31.

 

This year’s theme of sorts is “darkness has no borders,” with a majority of the 23-movie lineup featuring “allegorical double features” pairing foreign titles with English-language films.

February 26, 2024

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The Egyptian Theatre's four-film nitrate fest featured Rebecca (1940), Spellbound (1945), Bicycle Thieves (1948), and Winchester ’73 (1950). Only a handful of theaters in the country possess the capability to project nitrate film, and the Egyptian is one of three theaters in Los Angeles that can do so.

January 22, 2024

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One of the programs I looked forward to the most at the 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival was Assisting the Classics. For many years, I worked with an older celebrity, so I had a feeling I would be able to relate to some of their tales. I also knew I'd be hearing some lovely inside stories of life with beloved stars. 

December 18, 2023

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As a massive Greer Garson fan, once I learned that one of her homes still stood AND was open for tours, I made it a mission to visit. That was about five years ago, and I’m happy to say that my mission was finally accomplished earlier this year!

November 13, 2023

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What is TCMFF without a Ben Burtt and Craig Barron presentation? The Oscar winners have been delivering entertaining special effects events at the fest for about a decade now, and their popularity grows with each passing year. This year, they shined a spotlight on When Worlds Collide (1951). 

March 7, 2024

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After a brief detour to Santa Monica last year, Noir City Hollywood is back in the heart of Hollywood! The festival returns to the recently re-opened Egyptian Theatre for its 25th edition from March 22-31.

 

This year’s theme of sorts is “darkness has no borders,” with a majority of the 23-movie lineup featuring “allegorical double features” pairing foreign titles with English-language films.

February 26, 2024

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The Egyptian Theatre's four-film nitrate fest featured Rebecca (1940), Spellbound (1945), Bicycle Thieves (1948), and Winchester ’73 (1950). Only a handful of theaters in the country possess the capability to project nitrate film, and the Egyptian is one of three theaters in Los Angeles that can do so.

January 22, 2024

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One of the programs I looked forward to the most at the 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival was Assisting the Classics. For many years, I worked with an older celebrity, so I had a feeling I would be able to relate to some of their tales. I also knew I'd be hearing some lovely inside stories of life with beloved stars. 

December 18, 2023

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As a massive Greer Garson fan, once I learned that one of her homes still stood AND was open for tours, I made it a mission to visit. That was about five years ago, and I’m happy to say that my mission was finally accomplished earlier this year!

November 13, 2023

When Worlds Collide spaceship-min.jpeg

What is TCMFF without a Ben Burtt and Craig Barron presentation? The Oscar winners have been delivering entertaining special effects events at the fest for about a decade now, and their popularity grows with each passing year. This year, they shined a spotlight on When Worlds Collide (1951). 

October 27, 2023

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I know dreadfully little about American silent film, let alone international silent cinema. For the past few years that the Pordenone Silent Film Festival has provided an online option, they’ve presented an embarrassment of riches. This has exposed me to countless new movies, most very rare, that I wouldn’t have had a chance to experience otherwise.

September 13, 2023

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As mentioned in my fest preview, I only spent one day at Cinecon this year: Sunday. There were several movies I would’ve liked to catch (cough, 1928’s Forgotten Faces, cough), but Sunday’s schedule boasted the largest number of titles that interested me—and it didn’t disappoint! Here’s a quick recap of the five features I saw at Cinecon 2023. 

August 21, 2023

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Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means it’s almost Cinecon time!

 

As per usual, I only recognized about 25% of the titles, and I’ve seen a resounding zero of them! That’s what I love about Cinecon—everything is a new discovery to me.

July 26, 2023

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Noir City Hollywood returns! This year’s 10-day celebration spotlights the “heart of Hollywood’s noir movement,” films made during the years of 1947 and 1948. I’ve seen about half of the 23 movies screening, and of the 50% I haven't seen, most of them I’ve never even heard of, which I always love.

May 16, 2023

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TCM welcomed actor Russ Tamblyn as a special guest at the 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival. In addition to introducing several of his films, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Peyton Place (1957), the actor took part in an hour-long conversation about his career with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.