Posted below are my reviews and summaries of movies that I watched on Saturday, April 14th at the TCM Classic Film Festival 2012.
Auntie Mame was shown at 9:30 at The Egyptian Theatre
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Introduced by Todd Oldham
Todd noted that the aspect ratio is different on tv than on the big screen so you literally see more of the movie.
He says of the movie that it is a rich treasure, he gets to the end of the film and he feels happier. He says that Auntie Mame has huge kindness in her heart.
This is one of my favorite movies! The story, the characters, the interiors, the fashions- everything is fabulous! I have watched this movie before on the small screen and I have read the book (it's hilarious, it had me laughing out loud- which rarely does a book make me do) this was my first time seeing the movie on the big screen.
Auntie Mame cycles through a lot of different interior design styles throughout the movie. Starting with Asian decor, she works her way through Danish modern with a Calder-esque mobile and a goldfish bowl light fixture and ends with an Indian/Tibetan inspired interior.
The movie spans a wide range of time. Through the passing of time the costume styles change- but, they all have a 1950's fashion influence to them featuring a lot of wide skirts, even if that wasn't supposed to be the style of the eras being portrayed.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at 1:00 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Photo courtesy of Photofest and TCM
Introduced by Ginnifer Goodwin & Leonard Maltin
Marge Champion, who when she was a girl, was the movement model for Snow White was in the audience.
Ginnifer noted that we are all flawed, we aren't Snow White.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was Walt Disney's first feature length film.
Before Snow White and the Seven Dwarves originally premiered they had the songs from the movie playing on the radio, and you could buy the sheet music.
Ever since childhood this has been my favorite Disney movie. The movie features catchy songs that will get stuck in your head for days. I love the gorgeous backgrounds in the movie. Unfortunately with the restoration of the movie some of the characters, especially the prince's color palette seem really blocky with no nuances or flowing shades of color.
You can see the 1930's influence on Snow White and the Wicked Witches costumes- it's like 1930's meets the Renaissance.
Girl Shy was shown at 4:15 at The Egyptian Theatre with live musical accompaniment by The Robert Israel Orchestra
Introduced by Leonard Maltin and Suzanne Lloyd
They noted that in Harold Lloyd's movies he always ended up with the girl and in most of the movies he was the underdog.
He was noted for being a perfectionist- even in old age he would watch his movies and talk about how he would redo things.
A super cute and sweet movie. I was only able to watch part of the movie because I had to run off to Grauman's Chinese Theatre to stand in line for the showing of Singin' In The Rain.
Singin' In The Rain was shown at 6:30 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Introduced by Robert Osborne and Debbie Reynolds. Patricia Kelly (Gene Kelly's wife) spoke after the movie (unfortunately, I couldn't stay for Patricia's talk, I had to run off to Call Her Savage at The Egyptian Theatre).
Debbie Reynolds was hilarious, boisterous, rambunctious, a real firecracker!
When she was talking about the song Aba Daba Honeymoon that she sang in her movie Two Weeks with Love which references monkeys she said, I didn't know I'd marry them (monkeys).
When preparing for Singin' In The Rain she worked 5 months practising dancing before anyone else showed up on set. She said that they molded her into a great dancer.
In reference to dancing she said, Just tie the tits down and go!
In regards to men she stated, As soon as I undress they all leave.
Talking about Cyd Charisse Debbie said that Cyd had legs longer than her (Debbie's) body.
This is my favorite musical. The costumes are fantastic. The songs and the dances are perfect. Donald O'Connor's Make 'Em Laugh dance skit is hilarious, gymnastic and very entertaining. I love the steaminess of Gene Kelly's dance scene with Cyd Charisse.
Dancing & Singing: 10
Call Her Savage was shown at 9:30 at The Egyptian Theatre
Introduced by David Sten and Katie Trainor
Before Call Her Savage started they showed a short clip of a recently discovered color film featuring Clara Bow dressed in a swimsuit feeding fish to a bird.
When they were talking of Clara they said that she was considered over at the age of 26.
In reference to Call Her Savage they said it was the strangest most perverse pre-code movie.
In the beginning of the movie I felt that Clara was being overly dramatic and forcing her character, as the movie went along I was won over by her acting through the tragic events that were piling up in her character's life.
Todd Oldham was one of the speakers that I was looking forward to hearing from the most at the TCM Classic Film Festival. He is such a talented man of many hats.
When he introduced Auntie Mame you could tell from his speech that he was a kind person.
On Saturday evening when I was heading from the Grauman's Chinese Theatre to The Egyptian Theatre I saw Todd Oldham pass by me coming from The Egyptian Theatre. I asked him if I could take his picture and he said yes, would you like for it to be of the two of us together and I said sure. I tried to take a photo of the two of us standing next to each other with my arm stretched out holding the camera- but, just in case the one of us together didn't turn out I took another photo of just him, the one posted above, which turned out great! He chitchatted with me a little bit while I was taking the photos. He said that he had just come from seeing the movie Gun Crazy.
You know how sometime people will ask you if you could meet anyone and hang out with them who would you want to meet. My top pick so far has been Michel Gondry who I have seen in person and gotten his autograph. He seems shy and nice. Now I would also add Todd Oldham to the list. It would be fascinating to sit and have a drink with either of them because they both obviously have such creative and active minds.