Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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Harold Lloyd's Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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Kitty Packard Pictorial of the Month: The TCM Classic Film Festival

Last night, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was aglow with Beethoven and Bach and elegance, and tonight … it’s Thor. See what happens when you leave town, TCM? Last year’s was fun… this year’s festival was special. Building on last year’s framework, what was noticeable this year was a close-knit sense of community. This shared, communal experience […]

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Magic at the TCM Film Festival: The Cameraman

From the very beginning, motion pictures were… magic.  Of course, the medium has evolved to become one of the most important means of artistic expression that we’ve ever had– complex, subjective and ever-evolving. But sometimes all we want– indeed, all we need– is a little magic. Perhaps the magic of cinema is found, in its […]

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TCM Film Festival: Jane Powell and Royal Wedding

So it’s 12:15 in the morning and I’ve just fallen in the door from today’s first full day of the 2011 TCM Film Festival. I am overtired–operating on only 3 hours of sleep thanks to last night’s all night Royal Wedding watch. And you know what? That’s OK because so was Jane Powell. In a […]

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TCM Classic Film Festival 2011

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951). The 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival’s opening film. It’s baaaaaaack.  Watch out, Hollywood. On April 28 2011, thousands of top-hatted, faux-fur frocked, marcelle-waved classic movie fantics will once again converge upon the city for a three-day celebration of all things Classic Hollywood. The TCM Classic […]

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