TCM Classic Film Festival 2012 in Hollywood – Day 1
Yesterday marked the opening of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival. The opening night event was a screening of a digitally restored print of director Bob Fosse’s 1972 multiple Oscar winner “Cabaret” starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York. All three were on hand for a pre-screening interview with TCM host Robert Osborne. The event took place at famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Grey, who took the night off from starring in Broadway’s current hit “Anything Goes” and flew to Hollywood for the event said he couldn’t imagine not being there. Minelli said that being at the screening with all of us was better than winning an Oscar. Minnelli recalled that she had auditioned for the original Broadway production of “Cabaret” but was turned down. Michael York recalled hearing about the “Cabaret” filmmakers looking for a “Michael York” type. He remembered asking his manager if he fit the bill, to much laughter. Attendies for the red carpet screening included Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Larry Hagman, Robert Wagner, Richard Anderson and many others. The restored print was flawless.
Earlier in the day there was a panel discussion with TCM executives, managers and programmers. The event took place in Club TCM at the Roosevelt Hotel in the very same room in which the very first Oscar Ceremony took place. The discussion ranged from how films are chosen to be shown on TCM to the production of original TCM programming to how TCM is taking to the digital age. The point was made that TCM was a lifestyle. The panel showed a real interest in receiving feedback from the audience. The audience consisted of TCM fans from all over the country with the interesting exception of Delaware, it was pointed out. There were also attendies from seven different countries.
For today the biggest decisions include what films to see and, unfortunately, what films not to see. There are 70 films scheduled in a variety of venues all up and down Hollywood Blvd. Many great events are taking place simultaneously. It’s all part of the film festival game – win some, lose some.
Posted on April 13, 2012, in Feature Articles, TCM Classic Film Festival and tagged Cabaret, Debbie Reynolds, Joel Grey, Liza Minelli, Michael York, Mickey Rooney, Richard Anderson, Robert Osborne, TCM Classic Film Festival 2012. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.