The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival will be held in Hollywood April 28-May 1, Turner Classic Movies announced today. Robert Osborne, who missed this year’s festival due to a medical issue, is slated as official host of the seventh annual gathering of vintage movie enthusiasts; TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz will also return for the four-day event.
Screenings and events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre, as well as other Hollywood venues. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, site of the first Oscar ceremony, is again the official hotel.
The theme for 2016 is simply Moving Pictures – “the ones that bring us to tears, rouse us to action, inspire us, even project us to a higher plane…these are the films that that set our love of cinema in motion.” Passes for the fest, which range from $299-$1649, are set to go on sale to the public November 19. Fans may purchase them exclusively through the TCM Classic Film Festival website.
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Film noir was a peculiarly American phenomenon, right? Hardly. British, French and even Japanese film studios embarked on their own shadowy, cynical postwar dramas. Kino Lorber’s outstanding five-DVD collection “British Noir” (on their Kino Classics label) offers some of Rank Studios’ lesser-known titles, but they star such popular actors as James Mason, Trevor Howard and John Mills, and are directed by the likes of Ronald Neame and Roy Ward Baker.
Titles include “They Met In the Dark” (1943) with James Mason as an ex-Navy Commander discharged for treason; “The October Man” (1947) with John Mills as young engineer who becomes the prime suspect in a murder; “The Golden Salamander” (1950 with Trevor Howard as an archaeologist caught between a gang of gun-runners and the woman he loves (Anouk Aimée), directed by Ronald Neame; “Snowbound” (1948) with Dennis Price, Robert Newton, Herbert Lom and Stanley Holloway; and “The Assassin” (1952) with Richard Todd.
“Behind the Scenes of ‘They Were Expendable’: A Pictorial History” (available in paperback from McFarland & Co.) is far more than a picture book about John Ford’s 1945 World War II drama, which starred Robert Montgomery and John Wayne. Film historian Lou Sabini has written a meticulously detailed introduction to this previously unpublished collection of on-the-set candids, and provided biographical sketches of the cast.
Most fascinating, perhaps, is a vivid Q&A Sabini conducted with Scutti, who documented the entire 30-day Florida location shooting strictly for fun. And what was Wayne’s response to visitors’ frequent requests for having photos taken with him: “Sure, c’mon over.” Recalled Scutti: “Always had time for us…a very nice guy.”