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.