Turner Channel announces first classic film festival in Hollywood

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Instead of premiering upcoming films like most film festivals, Turner Classic Movies channel will launch its inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival celebrating films from the last century. The event, April 22-25, in the heart of Hollywood, will screen more than 50 great films, with many of their actors in attendance.

World premiere restorations, panel discussions, and red carpet galas will include opening night with 1954's A Star is Born starring Judy Garland and directed by George Cukor, hosted by Vanity Fair magazine.

Moviegoers will get a chance to watch films from the 1930s to ‘70s on the big screen, such as Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fred Astaire's Top Hat, Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca, and Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard with Gloria Swanson. Screenings occur at the historic Egyptian Theater and legendary Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

At the screenings, introductions will provide information about each film and guest appearances by actors, directors and producers will offer Q&A conversations afterward. The program includes:

• Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy with Jerry Lewis
• Hitchcock's North By Northwest with Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau
The Producers with producer/director/comedian Mel Brooks
• Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless with Jean-Paul Belmondo
The Graduate with writer Buck Henry
• Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly with Eli Wallach
Midnight Cowboy with Jon Voight
Sweet Smell of Success with Tony Curtis
Jubal with Ernest Borgnine
Singin' in the Rain with director Stanley Donen

Other guests attending include director/writer Curtis Hanson, Anjelica Huston, daughter of director John Huston, and Cheryl Crane, daughter of actress Lana Turner. In addition, as part of the festival, screenings are scheduled in cities where they were shot, from Boston to DC, including All About Eve in New York City and The Lady From Shanghai in San Francisco.

With one of the largest film libraries in the world, Turner Classic Movies airs Hollywood's finest films uninterrupted, as well as B-movies and cult favorites.
Four-day passes only are available for $500-600.