By Michael Gioia
28 Mar 2012
The festival will kick off with a gala opening-night screening of the 40th anniversary restoration of "Cabaret," featuring appearances by Oscar-winning stars Minnelli and Grey.
Other festival highlights include a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Vertigo"; live appearances by Debbie Reynolds at anniversary screenings of the newly restored "Singin' in the Rain" and "How the West Was Won"; a salute to Paramount, featuring an appearance by Oscar-winning producer Robert Evans; the U.S. premiere of the documentary "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room"; and newly restored editions of "Wings," "Casablanca" and "Grand Illusion," among others.
Participants at the festival include Emmy winner Dick Van Dyke, Oscar winner Shirley Jones, two-time Golden Globe winner Angie Dickinson, six-time Golden Globe nominee Robert Wagner, seven-time Oscar nominee Norman Jewison, longtime producer A.C. Lyles and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. In addition, the festival will feature a special three-film tribute to director-choreographer Stanley Donen, who will be on hand for the celebration.
The annual TCM Classic Film Festival, held in Hollywood, will present multiple simultaneous film screenings and events starting early in the morning and going into the late evening. All official venues are within walking distance along star-studded Hollywood Boulevard.
For more information, visit www.tcm.com/festival.