First TCM Classic Film Festival debuts in Hollywood

Many film festivals concentrate on movies that haven’t shown up in theaters yet. KPCC’s Hettie Lynne Hurtes says a new Southland film festival that starts today reaches into the past.

It’s the brainchild of Turner Classic Movies, the popular cable TV channel. Organizers hope to provide opportunities for fans to experience some of cinema’s greatest works on the big screen.

A new restoration of George Cukor’s “A Star is Born” with Judy Garland and James Mason will headline more than 50 films during this four-day festival. Other screenings include Frtiz Lang’s “Metropolis” featuring previously lost footage, Jean Luc Godard’s “Breathless” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

All screenings will include introductions to offer context about each film. Two-time Oscar winner Luise Rainer, who recently turned 100, will make a rare appearance to introduce “The Good Earth” – her star vehicle from 1937. Other guests on the roster include Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich.

The festival runs through Sunday. Additional information is available at tcm.com/festival.

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