Howdy, I know I haven't updated in awhile, but I have something update worthy! Over the weekend (now a few weekends ago), I attended TCM's Road to Hollywood screening of The Manchurian Candidate in NYC.
All About Eve in the city last year because I had class and I'm probably going to miss the screening of The Birds on Long Island, again because of class. Damn you grad school!
Anyway, I was looking forward to this event and even arrived an hour and a half before they opened the doors. When I arrived there was already a line around the block, it was amazing to see so many people lining up to see a classic movie in the city. I was actually even a little worried that perhaps too many people were attending the screening and I wouldn't get in, but my worries were unfounded.
I even had a glorious time waiting in line; I waited in line behind a cute pair of friends and we discussed the history of the Academy Awards and debated over whether or not Judy Holliday deserved her Oscar in 1951. She was up against both Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson, what a tough year! That then led to a discussion where we couldn't quite understand how Judy Garland didn't win the Oscar for "A Star is Born." Needless to say this was a wonderful in line experience. I very rarely get to have these types of discussions, most of my friends don't even know who Judy Holliday is, and they certainly wouldn't know who she was up against in 1951. Anyway, that's just one of the things I adore about attending Classic Movie screenings. Now onto the main event, I am apparently a very bad judge of the number of people in a crowd.
This is when things got weird...I don't know what it is about Q&As, but I guess the people brave enough to ask the questions are the people who are a little more outspoken and perhaps a little more brazen. The first person raised their hand and didn't quite have a question, but demanded that no one give away any spoilers for 'The Manchurian Candidate', that he had waited in a snow storm after Ms. Lansbury's premiere performance of Sweeny Todd and that she was kind enough to give him an autograph. And that he was born on the same day as the premiere of 'The Picture of Dorian Grey.' At this point she made a little joke and asked the gentleman not to reveal the year. He then just kind of sat down. The next person asked if she thought that the role of Dorian Grey destroyed Hurd Hatfield's life....Ms. Lansbury was very candid with her answer and shared that it was a very all encompassing role and that his every move was determined by the director, so that it was a very taxing role for him and it was hard for him to do anything else after that. Then finally a gentleman in the back informed everyone that he was a professor and noted the political intrigue in the movie and asked her if when thinking about today's current events would she change anything in the movie. It was kind of strange question, but Ms. Lansbury thought about the question, said that she wasn't the writer of the movies, but that she probably would've gotten rid of the Russian influence. I guess in the end it was interesting to hear the answers to those questions, but at the time it just seemed kind of uncomfortable and slightly awkward.
In any event, Angela Lansbury was wonderful! The movie was spectacular and I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to see this movie. Sorry all for the less than timely post. I hope to be updating again soon.