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Monthly Archives: May, 2014

How Alice Adams Rescued Katharine Hepburn

On the surface, Katharine Hepburn seems to have little in common with the working-class heroine of Alice Adams, a fumbling, insecure Midwestern girl longing to rise above her roots and rejected at almost every turn. But at the time she took the role, Hepburn could empathize with Alice much more deeply than she may have wished. …

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For Sighing Out Loud, and Other Tales from the TCM Festival

Ah, popcorn for breakfast, Milk Duds for lunch and french fries and Coke for dinner. I must be at a film festival! But these essential food groups balance each other out nicely: I’d bounce off the walls from the sugar if I weren’t so bloated from the salt. This was my third trip to the …

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The TCM Classic Film Festival: Friedkin Reminisces and Reclaims the Spotlight

The official theme of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival was Family—which, for some, meant coming home: actors and films that had been dissed and dismissed finally felt the warmth of the spotlight and the embrace of appreciative crowds. Director William Friedkin was on hand to introduce his 1977 film Sorcerer, which, in its original release, …

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TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak Battles the Bullies

Kim Novak came to the TCM Classic Film Festival to introduce Bell Book and Candle—but when she arrived at The Egyptian Theatre on Saturday night, she had much more pressing matters on her mind. “I know you’re all here to enjoy the movie—and I love it, it’s one of my favorites,” she began haltingly, one …

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Oh What A Beautiful Restoration! TCM and Shirley Jones Relaunch “Oklahoma!”

The Fifth Annual TCM Classic Film Festival opened with a glorious restoration of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!—guaranteed to make you forget every muddy, washed out version you’ve ever seen on Sunday afternoon television. It truly looked and sounded like a whole new movie. The print was lovingly struck from the original 65mm Todd-AO elements and …

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