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Classic stars, restored films and glamour at TCM 2011 Film Festival
Written by Diana Saenger   

See famous classic stars, restored films and enjoy the glamour at TCM 2011 Film Festival

tcmff_2011_festival_poster-200.jpgTCM (Turner Classic Movies), the TV network that has kept classic Hollywood at the forefront of all who adore classic films, took a bold step last year by launching their first TCM Classic Film Festival. The streets near Egyptian, Grauman's Chinese, and Mann's Chinese Theatres were packed with stars and fans. The festival was such a hit, TCM is back this year for their second festival with another huge lineup of films, stars and special surprises taking place April 28 through Sunday, May 1, 2011.

C. V. France in Went The Day Well
American in Paris (1951), the opening night film, is the world premiere of the 60th anniversary restoration of the Oscar-winning musical classic.  Star of the film, Leslie Caron, is scheduled to appear. Other world premieres in the festival include the 60th anniversary digital restoration of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); the West Coast premiere of the newly restored La Dolce Vita (1960), and a screening of Shall We Dance (1937) - part of the festival's Gershwin tribute.

TCM is devoted to preserving classic movies and also dedicated to showcasing the best possible projection, including digital, 35mm and 70mm prints.  The festival will present more than 50 screenings including special introductions, guest appearances and panel discussions. Some of the films to be shown include: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Royal Wedding (1951) - presented by Jane Powell; The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) - presented by Debbie Reynolds; Carousel (1956) - presented by Shirley Jones; and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - presented by Roger Corman.

Clara Bow
Special focus this year is on silent films such as Erich von Stroheim's The Merry Widow (1925), Buster Keaton's The Cameraman (1928) and Hoop-La (1933) - the pre-Code romantic drama marks the final feature film of the "It" girl, Clara Bow, as she plays a carnival hula dancer out to seduce the carnival owner's son.  

With a spotlight on cinema music TCM will celebrate the work of George and Ira Gershwin with a collection of films featuring their most memorable songs. Disney's Musical Legacy addresses the multi-faceted collection of screenings that celebrates Disney's history of bringing music and film together. Happy Trails: Roy Rogers - the festival will salute Roy Rogers, the "King of the Singing Cowboy"   with a that will include several of the enormously popular performer's hits, all restored in time for the 100th anniversary of Rogers' birth.

Classic film historian, author, producer and film restorian Kevin Brownlow, a recipient of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Honorary Award in 2010, will be at the festival imparting his vast knowledge and love of classic films as will TCM host extraordinaire Robert Osborne.

Festival participants with the right passes will enjoy the opening night film as well as the lavish Vanity Fair Party. Other ticket passholders can fill in hours between the films and events at Club TCM located in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to relax, mingle, and enjoy special presentations as well as live music. Ticket passes for the festival range from $1199 - $299.

For more information about the festival and to find our more stars attending and new programming  details over the  next few weeks to be announced visit

Photo: Went The Day Well      Photo Credit: TCM

Photo: Clara Bow in Hoop-La    Photo Credit: TCM

Poster - Photo Credit: TCM




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