Friday, February 14, 2014

TCM Film Festival 2014 Announcements So Far

The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival is fast approaching which means TCM has been releasing a lot of very exciting news about the different appearances, special events and screenings that will take place during the festival. This year's theme is Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind and yesterday TCM announced several new guest appearances. I have compiled a list together of everything they've announced so far. If I missed anything, let me know.

2014 TCM Classic Film Festival April 10-13

Opening Night Gala - World Premiere Restoration of Oklahoma! (1955) with guest appearance by Shirley Jones
Vanity Fair Opening Night After-Party

Film Screenings

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – World Premiere Restoration
City Lights (1931) – with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performing a new original score
Double Indemnity (1944) – 70th Anniversary and World Premiere Restoration
Godzilla: The Japanese Original (1954) – World Premiere Restoration
Gone with the Wind (1939)  – Recent Restoration
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – World Premiere Restoration
Mary Poppins (1964) – 50th Anniversary Presentation with a Special Presentation (maybe at El Capitan theatre? Not confirmed)

The Lodger (1927) – with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performing a new original score
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) – World Premiere Restoration
Stormy Weather (1943) – World Premiere Restoration
Touch of Evil (1958)  – World Premiere Restoration
Why Worry? (1923) – with Carl Davis conducting live World Premiere Performance of new original score
The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Special Presentation in IMAX 3D

Special Guest Appearances

Actor Jerry Lewis (Special Tribute)
Hand/Footprint Ceremony in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (AKA TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX)
The Nutty Professor (1963) – On-Stage interview with Illeana Douglas Q andA with audience

Composer & Producer Quincy Jones (Special Tribute)
The Pawnbroker (1964) – 50th Anniversary Screening

Actor Richard Dreyfuss (Special Tribute)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)

Actress Maureen O’Hara
How Green Was My Valley (1941) – World Premiere Restoration

Actor Mel Brooks
Blazing Saddles (1974)

Actress Margaret O’Brien
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Actress Shirley Jones
Oklahoma! (1955) (see above for more details)

Actress Kim Novak
Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

Actor Ryan O’Neal
Paper Moon (1973)

Director William Friedkin
Sorcerer (1977) – U.S. Premiere Restoration

Documentarian Albert Maysles
Grey Gardens (1975)

Filmmaker Ira Wohl
Best Boy (1979)

Film Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
Club TCM Interview

Which special event or screening are you most excited about? I'm really excited about seeing Margaret O'Brien, Shirley Jones, Maureen O'Hara and Kim Novak. Also, Grey Gardens (1975) has been on my to-be-watched list for such a long time and it would be quite special to see it on the big screen with the director in attendance. Of the single screenings, I'm excited about the Harold Lloyd film Why Worry? (1923) with live music and a new original score by Carl Davis. Plus The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is on my 10 Classics for 2014 list so to see a screening of the restoration would be an amazing way to watch this film for the first time! I'm not a big fan of IMAX or 3D but George Feltenstein of Warner Archive highly recommends the IMAX 3D presentation of The Wizard of Oz (1939) and said it was very well done.

TCM will be releasing the full schedule of appearances in screenings in the next coming weeks so stay tuned!


  1. This list gives me chills! I'm especially excited about Bell, Book and Candle and Grey Gardens. I'd be curious to see what you think about the latter. I've seen it so many times that I've lost all ability to be objective about it.

  2. I'm starting to feel like I felt this time last year . . . like my head is going to pop off if I see one more OMG listing. OMG.

  3. I'm so glad they're showing A Hard Day's Night! I wish I could be there to see it.


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