TCM Classic Film Festival 2012 in Hollywood – Day 1

Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey at TCM Classic Film Festival. Photo by Linda Wiegman

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.

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About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

Posted on April 13, 2012, in Feature Articles, TCM Classic Film Festival and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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