To all my peeps Stateside, I hope you had an absolutely lovely Thanksgiving Day that you were able to spend with those nearest and dearest. While there have been indications SINCE October, it really is not until we wrap up this holiday weekend that we are immediately and fully thrust into the fray of the holiday shopping season. YAY![Read more…]
There is no doubt that the collaboration with TCM and Fathom Events has been a successful way for many to get a glimpse of classic films in the way they were intended (on the big screen).
For 2018 they have given the planners amongst us a wonderful gift – the pre-announcement for ALL the films that will be shown at a multiplex near you for the whole of 2018.
Click here for a downloadable copy of the schedule.
While I may not be as well-versed as some, this is a sub-genre that holds great interest for me within the greater world of classic cinema.
And sure, a lot of these films are available for view at home, but seeing them on the big screen is an added treat.
One such example is the Howard Hughes-produced 1932 aviation comedy Cock of the Air, which thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has been restored and includes some of the original dialogue which had previously been censored. While I did not personally record the pre-screening introduction in the theater, here is a video (provided by the Academy) which discusses the restoration project:
The other pre-code feature worthy of attention features a not-exactly-“Blond Bombshell” Jean Harlow comedy Red-Headed Woman. I can only describe this experience as a wild ride that did its duty and left me in stitches as I witnessed Harlow’s Lil Andrews’ outrageous behavior on full display. Based on a novel of the same title by Katherine Brush and with an uncredited “written by” from the likes of no other than F. Scott Fitzgerald, the official screen credit is attributed to writer Anita Loos, who took the reigns from Fitzgerald and adapted the source material.
If you are a newbie to the world of pre-Codes and/or Jean Harlow, I highly recommend that you start with this film. You will thank me later 🙂