|From The Hollywood Revue|
Anyway! back to the movie, this was a very silly love...square?! I guess, starring Cary Grant, Roland Young, Lili Damita and Thelma Todd and co-starring Charles Ruggles. Very funny plot with cheating husbands, fake wives and trips to Italy. This pre-code film really had it all, I'm very thankful that I got to see it in a theater with the crowd, if anyone has the opportunity to see it, run, don't walk :).
After This is the Night, I made my way over to The Egyptian Theater for a screening of The Parent Trap, which also included a tribute to Haley Mills. I have always, always loved the Parent Trap, and not just because I share a birthday with the twins (November Twelfth), but I've just honestly loved it. I loved the twins, I thought Maureen O'Hara was beautiful! Brian Keith seemed like the most laid back Dad and Charles Ruggles looked like the best Grandfather anyone could ever have. This was one of my first "old" movie loves, before I became a classic movie fiend! So I knew this was one screening I couldn't miss. And it ended up being a screening many people didn't want to miss:
After a glorious lunch with Justin I headed over to the screening I had been anticipating the most!! The Camerman with a LIVE orchestra!! Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra to be exact. I had never seen a Buster Keaton movie in a theater before, nor had I seen any with a live orchestra! And on top of that I had NEVER seen this Buster Keaton movie. I was really looking forward to this! I got in line super-duper early and actually ended up behind an organist who plays organ for silent movies at movie theaters both in NYC and on Long Island, I should've totally gotten his number or did a better job of remembering his name so that we could be best buds and I'd go see all the movies he plays for, but alas I'm not good at making connections, with humans.
Well this movie did not disappoint! I absolutely loved and adored the movie, Buster! The orchestra, just everything about the screening. The movie is so freaking sweet, Buster would've done anything to win that girl's affections and the scene in the changing room! I was laughing so hard, along with everyone else in the theater, here's a little glimpse of it!
This concludes my Saturday at the Film Festival, I wasn't able to make it to the last block of movies. Instead, I went to a 10 year!! reunion, I can't believe it has been 10 years, but it was for an Acappella group that began my freshman year of college, I wasn't actually in said acappella group, but many of my friends were in the group and it was a very large part of my college experience. And it was quite fortuitous that it was the same weekend that I was in LA for the film festival. It ended up being for the best cause I got to see so many wonderful friends who I, otherwise, may not have seen during this trip and I couldn't possibly have chosen between Gaslight, Shall We Dance and/or One, Two, Three :). And!! it turned out that one of my acquaintances from college had worked on the restoration of West Side Story, which I was planning on seeing the very next day at the festival. So all around a glorious Day 3/ Saturday at the 2011 Classic Film Festival! Stay tuned for Day 4, there may even be a video involved. Woo!