I always anticipate seeing multiple programs at TCMFF whenever it comes around (as many as someone without a pass can manage, that is), but as luck would have it, I still end up seeing just one per year. After reviewing the schedule with one of my co-workers and trying to find options that would work for the both of us, we decided on a film noir from 1945. Since it was a movie I had never seen before and on a Saturday evening, I was happy to go and give myself another break.
Last Sunday, I made my third visit to the TCM Classic Film Festival in search of a quick pick-me-up to get through the last remaining weeks of the semester. With this year’s theme being “Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies,” there were plenty of opportunities to catch a case of the giggles and forget about life for two hours.
While kitchen calendars were being flipped to a fresh month, I was off on another short plane ride to northern California. This time around, I would be attending my first San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which I have been eagerly looking forward to. Despite being there for only one showing, my general impression of the festival was that it seemed to be in a very intimate setting, easily making me feel right at home with fellow silent film enthusiasts. Before diving into any festivities, though, I had a little bit of sightseeing to do.
In the blink of an eye, the seventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival came and went. This year’s theme was “Moving Pictures”—that is, films that emotionally move us. I returned for my second year as a pass-less attendee (broke college student here), but that isn’t enough to fully keep me away from all the excitement. There were a few movies that I was interested in seeing, but I knew I probably had time for just one screening that whole weekend. So, I made the best of it.
Held at the iconic Egyptian Theatre, Cinecon 51 occurred over the Labor Day weekend for a period of five days. That’s five full days of classic cinema screenings, though I was only able to experience just one fifth of that weekend. It was my very first time attending, and I had been waiting several months for it to come. Once the schedule had been posted, I was delighted to see that the top screenings I wanted to check out were conveniently listed on the same day.
For the longest time, I was under the impression that the TCM Classic Film Festival was an exclusive event. While, yes, there are passes, I had no idea that tickets to individual screenings were made available to the general public. With this year’s theme being “History According to Hollywood,” I took a peek at the list of films that would be playing at the festival, and knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Although there were so many I wanted to watch, I made it my mission to see the film that was at the very top of my list.