Update #2 – TCM Film Festival Passes on Sale NOW, Movies Announced

Update #2: Tuesday 11/13/12 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Passes for the TCM Classic Film Festival are scheduled to go on sale to the general public this Thursday, November 15 at 12 p.m. (ET). But intrepid classic film fans can get a jump on the competition, thanks to CitiBank.

A special Citi Private Pass pre-sale began today exclusively for Citi card members but, according to to the Going to the TCM Classic Film Festival  group on Facebook, attendees with non-Citi credit cards have succeeded in purchasing early. I can’t confirm this, because I used my Citi Mastercard to buy a pass today for my fourth annual trip to Hollywood

I hope to see you there!

Original post: Thursday 11/1/12 3:42 p.m. (EDT)

Turner Classic Movies announced today that passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival  will go on sale to the public on November 15, 2012 at 12 p.m. (EST). The network also announced the first batch of films for the fourth annual festival, scheduled for April 25-28 in Hollywood.

William Wyler’s FUNNY GIRL (1968) will open the event on Thursday, April 25 at Grauman’s Cinese Theater, with a gala, red carper premiere of a new 4K restoration, in honor of the film’s 45th anniversary. No word yet on whether star Barbra Streisand will be in attendance (but I would be shocked, shocked if she wasn’t). Her performance as Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice won Streisand an Academy Award for Best Actress (which she shared with Katharine Hepburn, who was honored for THE LION IN WINTER.)

Other newly restored classics premiering at the TCMFF include:

Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL (1926) accompanied by Alloy Orchestra. According to a TCM press release, the film has been “scanned from the original nitrate camera negative and restored through the collaborative efforts of the Cohen Film Collective, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation and TCM.”

For me, this is the headline of today’s announcement. The closing night screening of the restoration of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS (1927) at the first TCM Film Fest was also accompanied by Alloy Orchestra, a three man ensemble based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. That event remains my greatest experience ever in a movie theater. I’ve seen Alloy a number of times since, and their original scores are always delightfully odd.

George Stevens’ GIANT (1955) with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Says TCM: “This 4K restoration from the original camera negative was completed by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging under the direction of George Stevens Jr.”

John Sturges’ THE GREAT ESCAPE (1953) – 50th Anniversary Restoration, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, David McCallum. Per TCM: the film “was restored by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios at Deluxe Digital Media using a 4K scan of the original camera negative. The restoration entailed hundreds of hours of digital restoration to address significant damage and fading.”

As always, screenings will be introduced by TCM hosts Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz and a host of film historians, experts and stars. No celebrity guests have been announced yet, but THE GREAT ESCAPE’s David McCallum is still working (most recently on the CBS series NCIS), so he is a good bet. His co-star James Garner is also still with us, and worked (as a voice actor) as recently as 2010.

Omar Sharif, the 80-year-old co-star of FUNNY GIRL, was recently featured in an introductory video for the nationwide screenings of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. He looks hale and hearty, and I would surprised if he and Streisand didn’t introduce that screening.

Passes range in price from $249 for the Palace Pass to $1699 for the Spotlight Pass. For more information click here. And before you decide that the TCMFF is out of your price range, check out my inside scoop on what passes you should consider buying, along with tips for bloggers seeking press credentials.

To visit the officialTCM Film Festival website click here.

About willmckinley

Will McKinley is a New York City-based writer, producer and classic film obsessive. He’s been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), Sirius Satellite Radio and the TCM podcast. Will has written for PBS and his byline has appeared more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News.
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14 Responses to Update #2 – TCM Film Festival Passes on Sale NOW, Movies Announced

  1. I’m really pumped about attending now! It’s getting ‘realer’ by the moment!

  2. Aurora says:

    I can’t beat Joel’s “realer” but I can tell you I’m beside myself with excitement! And a thanks to you, Will for being sort of my illustrator as to how these things work.

    Aurora

  3. Shawn says:

    I totally agree with your comments about the Metropolis screening at the first fest. I have been to all 3 and that was definitely the highlight above all.

  4. Kay Noske says:

    If David McC. is there, and IF I can get a kiss on the cheek from him, I will have collected the full Man from UNCLE buss set, as I just got a chaste cheek smooch from Napoleon Solo here in Rochester when Robert starred in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Fingers crossed! Nice piece, Will! Hugs, K

    • willmckinley says:

      Thanks Kay. If my hunch is right, TCM will show BULLITT (1968) in honor of the film’s 45th anniversary and invite Robert Vaughn to attend. Then maybe they can screen one of the foreign feature film releasess that was re-cut from American UNCLE episodes, and have Vaughn and McCallum intro that. That would be PERFECT.

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  6. I got to see Alloy Orchestra at Ebertfest and loved every second of it, so having them accompany The General should be an amazing experience.

    • willmckinley says:

      Andy, what movie did you see them accompany? I’ve seen them with METROPOLIS at TCMFF, Harold Lloyd’s SPEEDY at BAM, and a Russian melodrama called THE OVERCOAT and a German film called FROM MORNING TIL MIDNIGHT at the New York Film Festival. All were excellent. They also did the score for the version of Tod Browning’s THE UNKNOWN that TCM airs.

      • Wow, those all sound pretty amazing.
        Ours was a series of miscellaneous short silents that they dubbed Wild and Weird. It was really interesting because of all the thematic changes.

      • willmckinley says:

        Cool. They were made to accompany METROPOLIS. All those industrial, gear sounds were so perfect on their weird percussion contraptions. I know some people don’t like the non-traditional sound of their accompaniment of THE UNKNOWN, but I love it.

  7. Thanks for mentioning my FB group, Going To TCM Film Festival: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClubTCMfans. All who are passionate about classic films are welcome especially if you are, uh, *going to TCMFF!*

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