Kitty Packard Pictorial of the Month: The TCM Classic Film Festival

Welcome to Paradise

Last night, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was aglow with Beethoven and Bach and elegance, and tonight … it’s Thor. See what happens when you leave town, TCM?

Last year’s was fun… this year’s festival was special. Building on last year’s framework, what was noticeable this year was a close-knit sense of community. This shared, communal experience was instant and electric, making fast friends of complete strangers, simply because they happened to be waiting in a queue for the same film. Film is a universal language that unites people regardless of background or distance or age or even language– I’ve been to many a film festival and, without question, nowhere is the power of film more apparent than at TCM’s Classic Film Festival. If for no other reason than the simple fact people are not there simply to watch a movie– nor are they simply there to be seen. (cough, Sundance, cough) but rather to embrace the beauty of film and to engage in an exchange of expression with like-minded enthusiasts.

And that is why The Kitty Packard Pictorial is breaking with tradition and our next Pictorial of the Month is not dedicated to a classic film star… but rather classic film’s reigning patron saint: Turner Classic Movies.

Four days of films, fans and fast new friends, here is our farewell to the TCM Classic Film Festival with a send-off of highlights and a collection of newly released press-photos.

Enjoy, and see you at the Festival next year!

Mickey Rooney, Leslie Caron attend the Vanity Fair party


Jane Powell and Eva Marie Saint at the Vanity Fair party


Rose McGowan in Robert Osborne's arms... the luckiest girl in the world.


Debbie Reynolds signed autographs in Club TCM


Jane Powell signing an autograph


Mickey Rooney and Ben Mankiewicz discussing Girl Crazy (1943)


Peter O'Toole at the screening of Becket (1964)


Julie Andrews remembers her late husband Blake Edwards @ Breakfast at Tiffanys


"How Do I Look?" Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)


Hayley Mills and Leonard Maltin discussing The Parent Trap


Alec Baldwin and Warren Beatty discussed the film Reds (1981)


Drew Barrymore chatting with Robert Osborne


Rose McGowan, Robert Osborne, and Anjelica Huston


The TCM Billboard at Orange and Hollywood


A long way from home... yet very much at home!


Hollywood's very own Lady in Black, Kerrie Bible

The night’s silent festivities were introduced by the classic Burns and Allen Vitaphone sketch Lamb Chops. The perfect introduction– we were putty in their silly little hands:

Vince Giardano and the Nighthawks perform Buster Keaton's The Cameraman


Leonard Maltin talking with Vince Giordano


Hah-- that's me and good buddy Nicole clapping our hands numb for Vince Giordano's stupendous performance


Robert Osborne -- our patron saint!


Marge Champion -- the most youthful 91 year old on the planet!


Robert Osborne visibly charmed with the charming Marge Champion. (My new favorite person in the world!!)


TCM's Scott McGee and Anne Wilson-- THANK YOU for making this possible!!


Passholders puttin' on the ritz outside The Henry Fonda Theatre's Music Box!

Club TCM's After Party-- Farwell, Fantasyland!



The Charlie Chaplin Time-Traveler

There’s no one who’d love to believe this is real more than I would. Film blogger George Clark recently posted this curious little clip taken from the special features footage on the MK2 release of Charlie Chaplin‘s 1928 silent classic The Circus. The footage was taken on the day of the film’s premiere, outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Very briefly, in the background, someone (a man, I’d wager) walks past with his hand to his ear in what appears to be a familiar cellphone clutch. He pauses and turns three-quarters towards the camera, revealing a black cellphone-like shadow at his palm.  To make it even stranger, it appears he might even be talking.

Caught on Tape: Time Traveling Bad-Ass or Hearing-Impaired Old Broad?

The conicidence is thoroughly uncanny.

And altogether implausible. For many reasons, the least of which being that modern day cellphone technology would render any such gadget inoperable in 1928.

The person is, in all likelihood, using one of Western Electric‘s “audiophone” hearing aids–something that, in shadow, takes the exact same shape and color of a modern smart phone.

Why would he be talking INTO an audiophone? Well, it IS Hollywood Blvd.

(Then again, if this fella has technology sophisticated to travel through time, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine he’s also got a way to phone home. Which, by the way, doesn’t have to be the 21st Century.  Ohhh, to believe …)

TCM Classic Film Festival 2011

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951). The 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival’s opening film.

It’s baaaaaaack.

 Watch out, Hollywood. On April 28 2011, thousands of top-hatted, faux-fur frocked, marcelle-waved classic movie fantics will once again converge upon the city for a three-day celebration of all things Classic Hollywood.

The TCM Classic Film Festival  returns onApril 28 through May 1 2011 as a sophomore effort to its smashing freshman success. Once again anchored at Hollywood’s venerated venues (The Roosevelt, Grauman’s Chinese and Grauman’s Egyptian), the festivities will kick off with a newly restored print of An American in Paris (on its 60th birthday) and will feature everything from rarely screened silent gems such as Keaton’s The Cameraman to the daddy of ’em all, Citizen Kane. A glimpse of the scheduled films and events were announced today in the following press release:

Opening Night Gala at TCM Classic Film Festival to Feature World Premiere of the 60th Anniversary Restoration of An American in Paris

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which returns for its second year in 2011, will focus on programming that celebrates Music and the Movies, including outstanding composers, great songwriters and the unique role music plays in the art of filmmaking. Festival programming will also include a number of discoveries, significant restorations and special events that will be announced in the coming weeks.

The multi-faceted festival – which runs from April 28 – May 1, 2011, in Hollywood – will be packed with more than 50 screenings, including special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and more. TCM will honor songwriters George and Ira Gershwin throughout the four-day event, including the opening night gala presentation of the 60th anniversary world premiere restoration of An American in Paris (1951). The festival will present the 70th anniversary world premiere restoration of Citizen Kane (1941) as part of a broader look at prolific composer Bernard Herrmann on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

TCM will salute the 100th birthday of the “King of the Singing Cowboys,” Roy Rogers, with presentations of his films that will include new restorations.

The festival will also celebrate the art of silent movie music with Buster Keaton‘s last great silent comedy, The Cameraman (1928), featuring a vintage score of jazz and popular music performed live by the acclaimed Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

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.

Additional programming details will be released in the weeks and months ahead. In addition to the films noted above, the classic film specialists Rialto Pictures will present the North American premiere of a new, 35mm restoration of the British World War II thriller Went the Day Well? (1942), a rediscovered masterwork by director Alberto Cavalcanti. TCM, which will present exciting finds throughout the weekend, is also teaming once again with the Museum of Modern Art for a world premiere restoration of Hoop-La (1933), featuring Clara Bow in her final feature film performance.

Passes for the TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale Nov. 3, 2010, at and will be available at four price levels. The number of passes will be limited, especially for top-level “Spotlight” passes. A new “Matinee” level has been added this year, offering attendees the chance to catch daytime events at a special, low price. Fans who purchase passes of any level prior to 5 p.m. (ET) Dec. 17, 2010, will receive a $100 “TCM Fanatic” discount.

The “Matinee” Festival Pass: $299 – Includes access to all film programs starting prior to 6 p.m. (PT) at all festival venues Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1; admission to Club TCM events and panels at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel until 6 p.m. daily, Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1; and a commemorative festival program.

The “Classic” Festival Pass: $499 – Includes access to all film programs at festival venues Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1 (does not include admittance to the opening-night red carpet gala screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre); access to all Club TCM events, panels and poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; an opening-night welcome party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Friday and Saturday evening passholder gatherings; the closing-night event; and a commemorative festival program.

The “Essential” Festival Pass: $599 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” passholders, plus entry to the opening-night red carpet gala screening of An American in Paris (1951) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and official TCM Classic Film Festival collectibles.

The “Spotlight” Festival Pass: $1,199 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” and “Essential” passholders, plus entry to an exclusive Vanity Fair opening-night party following the red carpet gala screening of An American in Paris (1951) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; priority entry to all events; meet-and-greet events with TCM friends hosted by Robert Osborne; and an official TCM Classic Film Festival poster signed by Osborne.