Quick update before getting into my TCM Classic Film Festival recaps. I apologize for being so behind, but I had a ton of stuff to get done before leaving for the festival and it was tough getting back into the swing of things after getting home from the festival (I'm taking a little break from paper writing). Weekend jaunts across the country take more out of me than they used to, but I promise I'll get all my updates done soon. Before getting into the film festival I just want to share the wonderful experience I had at the Road to Hollywood event out on Long Island.
I was able to make it to the screening of 'The Birds' with special guest Tippi Hedren. I managed to turn in all my schoolwork and get over to the theater in time to get a seat. When I arrived there was a very, very, very long line and I thought for sure I wouldn't make it in, again, but luckily I'm a horrible judge of gatherings of people. I think it's amazing how many classic film fans there really (or they might just be fans of free movies) to see hundreds of people line up to see an Alfred Hitchcock movie on a Wed. well that's just simply amazing. I also feel lucky enough to live in an area that's close to both New York City and the wonderful Huntington Cinema Arts Centre. Before leaving for the event I decided to check out the Road to Hollywood website and noticed a slight change:
Before the event started I found a decent seat and was sitting next to a gentleman who had printed out Tippi Hedren's biography and filmography off of Wikipedia, he offered to let me take a look at it. Looking over Ms. Hedren's filmography I noticed something very perplexing, aside from The Birds and Marnie she hadn't really been in any other notable movies. You'd think that after 2 Hitchcock films she'd be able to make a career for herself, while I was pondering that the festivities began.
She started the evening with a lovely story about having gone water skiing in Huntington many moons ago and said that she always had positive and warm feelings when she thought about Huntington. Ben then got down to the hard hitting interview.
She then spent a great deal of time talking about her love of animals, her wildlife foundation and what it's like to live with numerous wild animals. She also talked about her ongoing to struggle to ensure the fair treatment of animals and to put an end to the mistreatment of animals at circuses. It was awe-inspiring to hear about all of Tippi's hard work and her dedication to protecting and caring for wild animals. They then opened the discussion up for questions from the audience. A couple of people asked for more information about her wildlife foundations, someone asked what she thought about current movies, she segued that into discussing her granddaughter, Dakota Johnson and her appearance in 'The Social Network.' It was really cute, she sounded like a proud grandmother. Then someone asked her what it was like work with Sean Connery and if they had a relationship off camera. She said they didn't, that she had enjoyed working with him, but there was nothing more than an onscreen relationship. She said that she was so absorbed by the role of being a cold, frigid woman that forming a relationship wasn't a possibility.
All in all this was one of the cutest and most candid interviews/Q&As I had ever seen. Ben did a good job of asking questions that I don't think many interviewers would ask and Tippi was comfortable enough to answer them. There was an exchange when Tippi was sharing a story about something that happened during the making of The Birds and someone thought that something was cool (damn my memory, I wish I could remember the specifics) and Ben suggested that the person probably really said, "That's bitchin'" and Tippi repeated "yeah bitchin'." It was just so funny to hear Tippi Hedren say the word Bitchin'. Anyway, that just kind of encapsulates the laid backed attitude of the whole evening. It was something really special.
The movie was of course wonderful. I love seeing Hitchcock movies in the theater, there's more tension, more collective gasping and more collective sighs of relief when you think the worst has come and gone. Thanks again to TCM for this amazing experience and I look forward to next year's Road to Hollywood!
(Coming, hopefully, soon my TCM Film Festival Recap, yes I know I'm the least timely blogger on the face of the earth, thanks for tuning in.)