Preternatural films kick off the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival


TCM 2011
Official Poster of the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival

The ghosts of films past are coming back to haunt Hollywood this weekend courtesy of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival. The multi-faceted TCM Classic Film Festival will be packed with celebrities, family members and fans of Hollywood’s history and great movies. More than 70 screenings will take place, along with special introductions, interest tracks, guest appearances, panel discussions, unique events and much more.

Among the first special interest programs to get underway this weekend is the festival’s 100th anniversary salute to composer Bernard Hermann. When the TCM Classic Film Festival open 28 April, 2011, Hermann’s daughter, Dorothy Hermann will be on hand to introduce screenings of two popular preternatural films scored by Hermann. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. (PDT) followed by the 10 p.m. (PDT) screening of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Both screenings will be held at: Chinese Multiplex 1, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, USA.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a wonderful way to kick off any celebration of Hermann’s work because it was reportedly his favorite score. This hauntingly wonderful romance was filmed in 1947 and stars Gene Tierney as the beautiful young widow Lucy Muir and Rex Harrison as the late sea dog Capt. Daniel Gregg. Together they pen his memoir, secure her future and fall in love only to be parted by the fact that, well, he isn’t flesh and blood (shadows not withstanding) and she isn’t a ghost (yet). The studio’s official trailer is available on IMDB, however, we came across the remarkable video (below) from the Ravin’ Maven of Classic Film on YouTube and think it makes an amazing introduction to both the film and Hermann’s score.

Following The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, the original sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951 will be screened. Released less than 5 years after the Roswell UFO incident, The Day the Earth Stood Still chronicles the arrival of the alien Klaatu (played by Michael Rennie who is familiar to TV audiences as The Keeper in Lost in Space and the Sandman in Batman) and his robot Gort (played by Lock Martin). Set to another evocative Hermann score, the pair deliver a dire ultimatum to humanity.

Other films scored by Hermann that being screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival include:

  • The Trouble with Harry which was the first film Hermann scored for legendary director Alfred Hitchcock (12:15 p.m. on 1 May at the Chinese Multiplex 4)
  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad which was the first of four films combining Hermann’s scores with the special effects wizardry of Ray Harryhausen (3:45 p.m. on 29 April at the Chines Multiplex 3)
  • The world premiere of the digital restoration of Taxi Driver, the last film scored by Hermann (4 p.m. on 1 May at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre)
  • The 70th anniversary restoration of the iconic Hermann-scored film Citizen Kane (3:30 p.m. on 30 April at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre)

The TCM Classic Film Festival has a history of screening multiple preternatural films. This year well-known preternatural films like The Mummy and The Little Shop of Horrors join less widely known films such as Cabin in the Sky and The Constant Nymph, among others. Stay tuned for more on the super-natural films being celebrated in Hollywood this weekend!

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