“Classic movies are something that link the past to the present and form a vital part of our culture,” explains Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) primetime host and official host of the film festival. “This new festival will give those who love movies a way to connect with each other. It is a first-of-its-kind chance for TCM fans to experience the network in person, meet others with the same interests, and immerse themselves in a wide array of films.”
The TCM Classic Film Festival is a landmark celebration of the history of Hollywood and movies. The four-day festival will include major events, panel discussions, celebrity appearances and screenings of some of cinema’s greatest works on the big screen. Among more than 50 screenings scheduled are two wonderful preternatural films: The Day of the Triffids and The Bride of Frankenstein.
A midnight screening will mark the world premiere of the restored print of The Day of the Triffids. This 1963 film starring Howard Keel and Janette Scott tells the story of an attack of mutant plants following a blinding meteor shower. It is based on a novel by John Wyndham, who also authored Village of the Damned. The restored print is significant because the original negative was damaged in an accident shortly after the film was released in 1963. To do so restoration expert Michael Hyatt worked directly on the negative, removing more than 20,000 specks of dirt and adjusted the color of the film. The resulting Cinemascope film is more beautiful and vibrant than ever.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) screening will feature a new audio restoration including the marvelous Franz Waxman score which was later reused in other films. James Whale skillfully blended horror and comedy in this extraordinary film starring Boris Karloff as the Creature, Elsa Lancaster as the Bride and Ernest Thesiger as the villainous Dr. Pretorius.
From April 22 -25, 2010, the TCM Classic Film Festival, the first presented by TCM, will involve several venues in the heart of Hollywood. These include the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre and the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (where the first Oscar(R) ceremony was held.
For more information about the TCM Classic Film Festival, visit www.tcm.com/festival.