TCM Classic Film Festival 2010 is the first film festival by Turner Classic Movies. The TCM Classic Film Festival 2010 will be held on April 22-April 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California and be hosted by Robert Osborne. The film festival will feature “the world premiere of a newly restored edition of George Cukor’s A Star is Born (1954), starring Judy Garland and James Mason; the North American premiere of the restored version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927); and a 50th anniversary screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg […It] will also feature a special presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, including a discussion with Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Douglas Trumbull.” Needless to say, if I were there I would see 2001 and Breathless. I have actually seen Breathless on a sizable screen, but only once, and have never seen 2001 on the big screen.
The premiere of A Star is Born will be the festival’s opening night event on Thursday, April 22, 2010. TCM will screen a version of the film that was digitally restored by scanning original negatives. As per TCM’s press release, “the result is much better picture quality of all elements of the 1983 restoration, with deeper and richer color than ever before.”
As a result of the 2008 discovery of a 16mm negative in Buenos Aires and the ensuing restoration, Metropolis will be screened with 30 minutes of additional footage unseen since the 1927 Berlin premiere. (Though sections of the 204-minute original film remain missing.) As per TCM’s release, “the newly reconstructed Metropolis features extensive scenes that flesh out many of the supporting characters, fill in previously jarring gaps in the plot and provide additional back story.
Obviously Metropolis fans will be delighted by this news. I have only seen the anime version of Metropolis by Rinatro, which I highly recommend. The
“TCM Classic Film Festival will honor the nation’s pre-eminent organization devoted to preserving Hollywood’s legacy, The Film Foundation, which will be celebrating its 20th year of preserving and restoring classic films. Several films restored by The Film Foundation will be showcased at the festival.”
Will you be attending this film festival?