My sincerest apologies for the delay in posting about Day 4, but I was finishing up some online seminars for school that I needed to finish before midnight tonight. I successfully completed 3 of the 4 that I needed to complete and the 4th one will have to be completed at a later date and time. I'm a little peeved but I've altered Meatloaf's song 2 out of 3 ain't bad to fit my situation and that somehow makes me feel better about it so... 3 outta 4 ain't bad. :)
Anyway, that's probably not why you stopped by my blog you want the scoop on Day 4 of the TCM film festival, right? Well here we go....Day 4, April 25th, 2010 began with a 9:30 screening of Damn Yankees at the Grauman's Chinese 6. I was very excited to see this fun musical, directed by Stanley Donen, starring Tab Hunter and Gwen Vernon and! featuring a dance with none other than Bob Fosse! I was definitely looking forward to this.
It was introduced by Leonard Maltin who gave some history regarding the transition of Broadway musicals into films and how more often than not much of the cast from the Broadway show didn't make it into the film and that many songs were cut because Broadway shows are innately longer than the usual running time of a movie. He told us that Damn Yankees was a bit different, in this situation almost the entire case of the Broadway show, which included Maureen Stapleton and Gwen Verdon, was in the movie and the only Hollywood addition was Tab Hunter. In fact, Jack Warner purchased this play FOR Tab Hunter. So that was an interesting bit of trivia.
Here's the autograph ---------------------------->
And here's my green pen in action :)
After all that excitement I decided to take a little break and I was planning on grabbing lunch with a friend, but it ended up not working out so I did some more tourist-y site seeing and decided to grab lunch by myself and then head over to the Roosevelt Hotel. I originally had planned on just sitting in the lobby and relaxing until I went to see Saboteur around 3:30ish.
The Making Some Like it Hot. The whole thing was set-up very nicely; they had a lot of Tony's artwork and pictures of him from his various films.
Next up was Saboteur at Grauman's Chinese 6. I was looking forward to seeing another Hitchcock film on the big screen and this one did not disappoint. I had seen this movie and for some reason I thought Dana Andrews was in it, I don't know why, but I was very surprised when he was not in it. I still don't know why I thought he was in it. But anyway the movie was great, very suspenseful. It was a lot of fun to hear everyone gasp at all the right moments.
I then made my way over to the Egyptian Theater for Some Like it Hot. I had been conflicted all weekend over whether to see Metropolis with the new footage since it was the official final evening event or to enjoy Some Like it Hot where I knew I would laugh my butt off and have an amazing experience seeing it on the big screen with a crowd. I've seen Metropolis and really liked it, but I just decided to go with Some Like it Hot. I felt like I was lucky enough to be able to go to the opening night event (A Star is Born) and didn't want to push my luck. It was a tough decision.
He also talked about how he and Jack Lemmon walked around the studio lot and went into women's bathrooms trying out their womanly ways and trying to blend in. But it sounded like they were easy to identify. He also told a story about a dress fitting with designer Orry Kelly for himself, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn. At one point Orry pointed out that Tony had the nicest tush of the bunch and Marilyn retorted by opening her blouse and saying, "but I'll bet he doesn't have the nicest...well you can guess what :).
After the interview he sat in the audience; that was a pretty surreal experience to watch the movie with him in the audience. The film was more amazing than I had remembered it, the audience applauded and laughed with such enthusiasm that it was intoxicating, it made me feel like I had never even seen the movie before. Every joke seemed fresh and new. At the end of the movie Tony received a standing ovation. It was sincerely one of the most thrilling experiences of my life and ultimately a great way to end the festival. Although if it were up to me the festival would've never ended. I was quite sad to have to go back to the real world after all the excitement.
So there's the re-cap of Day 4! I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience at the TCM Film Festival, I'm seriously counting down the days til next year's! And really hoping that I can skip work again to go!! I had the best time, and this was maybe one of the most phenomenal experiences of my entire life. I met so many nice people, saw some amazing movies and got to be back in LA. All in all a wonderful way to spend 4 days.