Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hosting Two Movies at the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival!

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival is fast approaching--April 25th through April 28th--and the excitement is palpable.  Last year's event set the bar very high with a theme of Style in the Movies...even had the pleasure of discussing all things style on air with TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz (above).  This year's theme is Cinematic Journeys and the schedule is even more packed with great films--from silent classics to film noir to timeless musicals.  And I'll be staying at Hollywood's historic Roosevelt Hotel which, as home base to the festival, puts me right at the center of all the activity.

Adding to the excitement is that TCM has invited me to host not one but two films at this year's festival.  Friday night I'll be introducing A Foreign Affair (1948), a lesser known Billy Wilder film that features Marlene Dietrich and a wardrobe by my hero Edith Head.  Then Saturday night I'll introduce the picture that first brought Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers together (as well as choreographer Hermes Pan)--Flying Down to Rio (1933).  The beautiful Cybill Shepherd will be joining me to discuss her own affection for Flying Down to Rio before the live theater audience.  

TCM's film festivals are well known for forcing classic cinema lovers to make very tough choices with their screening schedules because the options are just that good.  In fact, a number of movies I consider The Style Essentials--iconic costume design that continues to influence fashion today--will be screened at this year's event.  You can bet I'll be trying to see as many as I can on the big screen.  Here are just some of the films I have on this year's wish list with links to learn more about their inspirational style.

Two of The Style Essentials--Clara Bow in 1927's It and
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in 1934's It Happened One Night

I'm fortunate to be introducing Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in 1933's Flying Down to Rio 
and Marlene Dietrich in 1948's A Foreign Affair

More of The Style Essentials--both from film noir, too--
Festival Special Guest Ann Blyth (co-starring with Joan Crawford) in 1945's Mildred Pierce
and Rita Hayworth in 1946's Gilda

Hitchcock blondes Grace Kelly in 1954's Dial M for Murder and
Festival Special Guest Tippi Hedren in 1963's The Birds

Faye Dunaway in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde (another of The Style Essentials) and the
Opening night presentation of Barbra Streisand in 1968's Funny Girl

In case you missed it, or if you'd like to get in the mood, check out my coverage from the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival:

Thanks to Adam Rose for the opening photo with me and Ben Mankiewicz


Marline said...

What could be better than seeing some of GlamAmor's style essentials on the big screen? Seeing them in the company of you, Kimberly! It's like going to the movies with Robert Osborne! I can't wait to see what you'll share with your readers about the fresh style insights you'll gain by seeing the DETAIL the big screen allows. See you at the Roosevelt in only 2 weeks!!! Love, Kay

Christian Esquevin said...

How fabulous Kimberley! I know you will do a great job hosting these films and its great to have you highlight the importance of film fashion at the TCM Festival. Congratulations.

Kimberly Truhler said...

Thanks Kay! That's very sweet of you to say. It's going to be great to delve into the style of all these great movies, especially A FOREIGN AFFAIR and FLYING DOWN TO RIO. Can't wait to be with you in two weeks at the Roosevelt!

Kimberly Truhler said...

Thanks Christian! As you know, these movies have such fascinating style stories, so I'm thrilled to be able to share some of it with the audience. And these are designers that you know very well, too! It will be so much fun to spend time with you before the festival. See you soon!

Silver Screenings said...

Congratulations! I wish I could be there this year to take in the movies AND to hear your presentations.

Looking forward to hearing all about it! :)

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