MOVIES I SAW AT THE 2015 TCM FILM FESTIVAL
In the order that I saw them. Ranking would be impossible. This was almost exactly one year ago. Best weekend of my life. Turner Classic Movies owns my soul.
- •An Affair to RememberWent for Cary Grant. Stayed for him and Deborah Kerr. Great tonal shifts. Funny. Tragic. Romantic. Orange. I'm not usually one for such sappy stories, but this one stole my heart. I've watched this like 20 times since then. Perfect beginning to a perfect weekend.
- •Steamboat Bill, JrIntroduced by Leonard Maltin. World premiere live score composed and conducted by Carl Davis. Marion Byron is a wonderful counterpart to Buster's stoic persona. Buster Keaton. Live score. Perfect.
- •The ApartmentIntroduced by Leonard Maltin interviewing Shirley MacLaine. Shirley. MacLaine. Still as funny and cute as ever. She said that Fred MacMurray was so cheap that his money blinked when he took out his wallet, because it had never seen the light of day. The movie was perfect. It's cynical and sarcastic but has a strong theme of hope, with a regular guy who just wants to be a good man and becomes one.
- •Adam's RibIntroduced by Greg Proops (recorded for his podcast: https://soundcloud.com/gpfc/adams-rib). I'd scene it before but wanted my sister to see it because it is so unapologetically feminist. Tracy and Hepburn. Quick wit. Honest.
- •Gunga DinI was not expecting to enjoy this one. I went to it to see the introduction with Ben Burtt and Craig Barron who both worked behind the scenes of Star Wars. Take away the brown face and stereotypes, and this movie is totally lovable. Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr are delightful.
- •The Philadelphia StoryI'd scene this one many times before but took the opportunity to see three of my favorite stars, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, together on the big screen. Perfect and witty as always.
- •Marriage Italian StyleIntroduced by Ben Mankiewicz interviewing Sophia Loren. Sophia. Loren. She walked on stage in a bright white suit and heels I couldn't wear now let alone when I'm 80. Stunning as ever. Loved the movie immensely. It's funny, dramatic, surprising, and full of heart. Fell in love with her, Marcello Mastroianni, and Italian cinema. Perfect ending to a perfect weekend.