TCM Classic Film Festival 2011 announces first wave of films, including Opening Night Film

by: Kate Erbland
October 27th, 2010

This year, TCM started its very own film festival - the TCM Classic Film Festival - which allowed fans of the classics to see them on the big screen at some of Hollywood's most well-known theaters. I'm willing to put seeing NORTH BY NORTHWEST on the giant screen at Grauman's Chinese Theatre as one of the best film-going experiences I've ever had, festival or otherwise.

The festival is returning for its second year in 2011, with a special focus on programming that celebrates Music and the Movies, including work that highlights composers, songwriters, and the "unique role music plays in the art of filmmaking." The festival promises to unveil exciting programming in the coming weeks, including genuine discoveries, special film restorations, and all sorts of events. This year's festival will run from April 28 to May 1, 2011, in Hollywood.

The festival will also see TCM honoring songwriters George and Ira Gershwin during the four-day event, which will include an opening night gala presentation of the 60th aanniversary world premiere restoration of 1951's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. This is just one of the many special events classic film fans can look forward to during the festival's run. After the break, check out details on the rest of the just-announced films (including portions of the Music and the Movies, The Silent Legacy, and Discoveries programs) slated to show at the festival, along with information on festival passes!

Opening Night Event

An American in Paris (1951)
World premiere of new 60thAnniversary restoration – Thursday, April 28, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
This colorful musical stars Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in the story of a painter finding art and romance in the City of Lights.  The musical score is packed with Gershwin classics, and the dance sequences are among cinema’s most memorable.  Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture.

Music and the Movies
Throughout the festival, TCM will celebrate cinema’s legacy of music, from great songwriters to outstanding composers.

Nice Work if You Can Get It: The Film Music of George and Ira Gershwin
TCM will celebrate the work of George and Ira Gershwin with a collection of films featuring their most memorable songs.  Heading up the collection is the opening-night gala screening of An American in Paris(1951), which has been beautifully restored and remastered in time for its 60thanniversary.

A Celebration of Bernard Herrmann
From Alfred Hitchcock to Orson Welles, composer Bernard Herrmann collaborated with some of Hollywood’s greatest film artists.  His innovative and evocative scores continue to influence composers today.  The festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Herrmann’s birth with several screenings, including the world premiere of a new restoration of Orson Welles’ groundbreaking Citizen Kane (1941), which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2011.

Happy Trails: Roy Rogers
The festival will salute Roy Rogers, the “King of the Singing Cowboys.”  The celebration will include several of the enormously popular performer’s hits, all restored in time for the 100th anniversary of Rogers’ birth.

The Silent Legacy
Silent films were never truly silent, and the festival will highlight the unique role that live music played during the pre-talking pictures era.

The Cameraman (1928) – featuring live musical accompaniment by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Buster Keaton’s hilarious comedy features “The Great Stoneface” as a wannabe newsreel cameraman who is lovesick for a young woman.  Marceline Day and Harold Goodwin co-star.  This presentation will feature musical accompaniment by the popular jazz-music ensemble Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.  The group, which was formed in 1976, is renowned for performing music of the 1920s and 1930s.  Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have appeared in venues around the country and contributed to soundtracks for The AviatorRevolutionary RoadPublic Enemies and HBO’sBoardwalk Empire, among others.

The festival will be packed with a number of outstanding films that are primed to be rediscovered by film fans.  Each film has been painstakingly restored and features work by well-known film personalities.

Went the Day Well? (1942) – North American premiere of new restoration
This powerful melodrama from director Alberto Cavalcanti stars Leslie Banks and Elizabeth Allan in the story of a British village dealing with an invasion of German paratroopers during World War II.  Although told in flashback as if the war is already over, the film was made several years before the outcome of the war would be known.  The outstanding script is based on a story by Graham Greene.

Hoop-La (1933) – world premiere of new restoration
This pre-Code romantic drama marks the final feature film of the “It” girl, Clara Bow, as she plays a carnival hula dancer out to seduce the carnival owner’s son.  Although Bow was originally unenthusiastic about making the film and was only doing it so she could finish her studio contract and retire, her excellent performance lifts the material above the ordinary.  Preston Foster and Richard Cromwell co-star under the direction of Frank Lloyd.


Passes for the TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale very soon - on November 3. Passes will be available HERE at four price levels. The number of passes will be limited, especially for top-level “Spotlight” passes. The festival has also added a new “Matinee” level, which offers festival attendees the chance to catch daytime events at a special, low price.

Fans who purchase passes of any level prior to 5:00PM EST on December 17 will also receive a $100 “TCM Fanatic” discount.

The “Matinee” Festival Pass: $299
Includes access to all film programs starting prior to 6:00PM at all festival venues Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1; admission to Club TCM events and panels at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel until 6:00PM daily, Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1; and a commemorative festival program.

The “Classic” Festival Pass: $499
Includes access to all film programs at festival venues Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1 (does not include admittance to the opening-night red carpet gala screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre); access to all Club TCM events, panels and poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; an opening-night welcome party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Friday and Saturday evening passholder gatherings; the closing-night event; and a commemorative festival program.

The “Essential” Festival Pass: $599
Includes all privileges available to “Classic” passholders, plus entry to the opening-night red carpet gala screening of An American in Paris (1951) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and official TCM Classic Film Festival collectibles.

The “Spotlight” Festival Pass: $1,199
Includes all privileges available to “Classic” and “Essential” passholders, plus entry to an exclusive Vanity Fair opening-night party following the red carpet gala screening of An American in Paris (1951) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; priority entry to all events; meet-and-greet events with TCM friends hosted by Robert Osborne; and an official TCM Classic Film Festival poster signed by Osborne.

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