The TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates not only the glories of film but also the joys of romance in its 10th annual festival April 11-14, 2019 in Hollywood. Highlighting the history of cinema from silents to Cinerama to serials to musicals, the event offers a little something for every filmgoer to love, including enjoying features on the big screen in such movie palaces as the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre, the way movies were meant to be seen.
This year, beloved film historian Kevin Brownlow receives the second annual Robert B. Osborne Award saluting preservationists and their impact on film. Brownlow will be honored before a screening of his 1964 film “It Happened Here” at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday evening. Critic Leonard Maltin will interview him before a Sunday night screening of Clarence Brown’s romancer “A Woman of Affairs” (1928) featuring a print restored by Brownlow’s own Photoplay Productions and with the renowned Carl Davis conducting the accompanying orchestra.
This year’s festival highlights love and romance with the screening of such films as “Love Affair” (1939), “My Favorite Wife” (1940) and “Love in the Afternoon” (1957), along with six films starring Cary Grant, two starring Grace Kelly, two starring Humphrey Bogart, and two starring Gary Cooper.
Club TCM once again hosts special programs and discussions. Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents “Coming Attractions: Trailers in Love” along with another in his popular “Hollywood Home Movies” series. Other panels examine “Hollywood Love Stories and Celebrity Culture,” “The Descendants: Growing Up in Hollywood,” and “The Complicated Legacy of ‘Gone With the Wind.’ ”
The striking American Legion Post 43 on Highland Avenue serves as a new venue this year, hosting tributes to cinema icons, Republic serials and western star Tom Mix. Paramount archivist Andrea Kalas headlines “What’s Not to Love About Republic Serials?” on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, musician Ben Model provides rousing accompaniment for a Mix double feature of “The Great K & A Train Robbery” (1926) and “Outlaws of Red River” (1927).
Twentieth Century-Fox is honored throughout the weekend, with screenings of such films “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “Hello, Dolly!” (1969), “Star Wars: Episode IV” (1977), as well as “Fox: A Celebration” at the American Legion on Saturday.
TCM also offers film lovers the opportunity of seeing Cinerama and nitrate movies screened in their original formats. “Cinerama’s Russian Adventure” (1965) will play in its full triple widescreen glory at the famed Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard, while the Egyptian Theatre will host evening showings of such nitrate prints as “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer” (1947), “Samson and Delilah” (1949) and “Road House (1948).”
As a way to foster friendships and social opportunities, the festival hosts screenings outdoors by the Roosevelt Hotel pool, themed events, a first-timers meet-up, and even an interactive game, “So You Think You Know Movies.”
More contemporary films also make up part of the mix at this year’s festival, with a 30th anniversary salute to “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) as Thursday night’s grand premiere.
While all passes have sold out, there is the possibility of purchasing tickets to individual presentations at each venue preceding the screening. Hope to see you at the movies!