TCM was very kind to me this year and scheduled the festival during Spring Break at the school where I've been working, so when they announced the dates I thought I'd try to extend my time in LA. A little sidenote, I've been contemplating moving back to LA in the near-ish future so I figured I could also use this trip to maybe look at apartments, scope out the job scene for teachers and spend time reconnecting with friends. I decided to spend 9 days in LA, which would give me lots of time to sort things out. The timing also meant that my mother could finally check out the festival (she's a teacher too and had Spring Break the same week as me). My mom isn't a huge classic movie fan, but she's been getting more and more interested. We went to the Casablanca screening here a couple of weeks ago and she occasionally joins me in watching a classic movie at the house every once in awhile, so far we've watched Sabrina, Bringing Up Baby and Charade. And I think after this experience she may be more willing to be my classic movie watching buddy.
|Beautiful LA palm trees|
So yes, 9 days in LA, we flew out there on Sunday and I flew back the following Tuesday (my mom left a couple of days earlier, she was far more responsible and went back in time to go to work on Monday). I was looking forward to all of this extra time, but apparently the cold/allergy/congestion gods had a different plan. On Saturday night/Sunday morning I was struck down by an unbelievable congestion situation, so very stuffed up. During the landing I thought my head was going to explode, my ears stayed clogged for about 3 and 1/2 days, tissues, nose spray and Advil were my only allies! I tried my best to get to everything I had hoped and planned, but I just didn't feel up to everything and I certainly didn't want to get any of my friends sick. So everything just kind of happened a bit slower than anticipated.
|Our rental car (just kidding)|
|Not my picture of Amoeba|
|Van Gogh's Irises|
|From my camera :)|
|From my camera :)|
|A picture of Hollywood and Highland, instead of the Kodak :)|
The next day, Wednesday, I finally felt up to seeing my friends and I also thought that whatever I had wouldn't be contagious anymore. We went to this cute little brunch place that I used to go to every Saturday. It was so nice to catch up with old friends and hear about where their lives are now and get to share some highlights of the last year of my life. After a wonderful lunch I met up with my mom again and headed over to TCM Film Festival central (aka Club TCM), checked out the boutique, decorations and watched Robert Osborne interview Tippi Hedren.
|Signing a birds themed Barbie|
She was lovely, just like her appearance at the Road to Hollywood screening of The Birds last year. She talked about getting hired by Hitch, working with Hitch, how he looked "very pleased with himself," working on The Birds. They were filming an introduction for a future nationwide screening of 'The Birds' which will be similar to the Casablanca screening(s) they did last month and yesterday. I'm not sure when that will be exactly, but I'll keep my eyes and ears peeled. Most of the conversation was similar to her conversation before The Birds last year, however there was one new story that I found rather interesting.
|That's me and mom in the center, with our cameras :)|
Ms. Hedren talked about seeing Alfred Hitchcock in London many, many years after their working relationship had ended. At the time she was working with Charlie Chaplin on the film, The Countess of Hong Kong (which I must see). When she saw Hitch she suggested that he take a picture with Charlie Chaplin since they were both such influential people in film and that having a picture together would be special. His response was: "why would I?" I guess Hitchcock was a very complex man. Tippi also talked about her beautiful pin of birds and talked about being on the TCM Cruise last year. She said it was a great experience and that she had a wonderful time. I still don't know if the cruise is for me, but it does sound interesting.
Up next was Robert Wagner. Another wonderful classic film actor to see out and about. I've always been a little uneasy about him (and Christopher Walken) and their involvement in the death of Natalie Wood. It's one of my strange conspiracy theories, I logically know it's probably not their fault, but it just seems fishy. Anyway, it was nice to see him in the flesh and be a part of the film festival. He started off by saying what a joy and thrill it was to fill in for Mr. Osborne while he was out on vacation. The two Roberts seemed to be very good friends. I mean look at Mr. Osborne's laugh/smile in the second picture of them.
Before the interview a fan passed Mr. Wagner a picture/poster for him to sign, which resulted in some giggles from the Roberts and turned into a humorous story. It turned out that it was a poster from Robert Wagner's film, Prince Valiant, in which he wore a very dark brown bobbed wig. He told us that while he was on the set Dean Martin approached him thinking he was Jane Wyman and Robert Wagner quipped that "I can't tell you what he said to me." Too funny! This was a lovely start to the festival and a nice way to spend the day.
During the rest of the interview/discussion I walked around Club TCM, worked on figuring out how to obtain pins, seeing what the boutique had to offer and found out that we could check in and get our bags that afternoon. I will definitely take pictures of the bag, pins and the loot that TCM gave out this year. The bag was a little different this year than year's past, but I think I liked it better. They also gave out sunscreen, which I think was very thoughtful! That evening we had planned on going to Griffith's Observatory, but the weather forecast said rain and it didn't seem wise to go to an observatory in the rain. So we stayed around the Hollywood area and somehow ended up outside for the Avengers premiere. It was completely ridiculous, but it was kind of fun to kind of spot some of the stars of the Avengers, like Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. and we even saw Jennifer Grey! (Clark Gregg's wife and Baby from Dirty Dancing!). Here are a couple of pictures, they are not very good, there were tons of people and lots of cameras in the way.
|No one puts Baby in a corner!|
The Cinementals- Lots of coverage!
YAM Magazine- Great interviews! And overview!
Laura Senmar- Very humorous writer, she's posted the first 3 days of the festival.
Daws Brothers- Fun recap
GlamAmour- A very fashionable recap :)