TCM Film Festival 2017

TCM Film Festival 2017- My second go round.  Can it possibly be better than the first?  2016 will be tough to beat but I must say the film lineup this year is excellent even if no Doris Day or Barbara Streisand personal appearances.  Somehow I had blindly hoped… Sigh.

Friday

I’ll be starting off my Festival watching a special tribute to the one and only, irreplaceable Robert Osborne.  I had dreamed of someday getting a hug from this darling man but alas it is not to be.

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How I remember him… a sweetheart of a man.

Jezebel

(A super hard pick here.  I really want to see Sidney Potier interviewed before In the Heat of the Night, an intense film I really like.  However, I’ve seen it several times and I’ve never seen Jezebel.  Also, going to Heat would rule out Harold and Maude afterwards.  Oh the agony!)

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Harold and Maude

(Recommended as a must see by my girlfriend.  This should be a treat.)

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Friday

Rafter Romance

(Ginger Rogers is my favorite female movie star and this is a film of hers I’ve never seen.  So so excited!!)

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One Hour With You

(Can one ever go wrong with Ernst Lubitsch?)

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The Princess Bride

(This is one of the two films I’ve picked that I’ve actually seen before… but its been years.  Should be a good light intro to the two super intense films to follow.)

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Vigil in the Night

(Carole Lombard plays a dedicated nurse in a poor country hospital who blames herself for the fatal mistake of her sister who is also a nurse.  She falls in love with a handsome doctor and then an epidemic breaks out.  Gosh)

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Cat People

(Hardest pick of the weekend by far!  I mean I have to choose between Laura, Those Redheads From Seattle in 3D, Twentieth Century, and Cat People.   I mean that’s not even fair.  I won’t bore you with all the back and forth behind this agonizing decision but as of today Cat People is the pick.  -Subject to change at any moment-)

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Saturday

The China Syndrome

(After reading up on this one I’m looking forward to starting off my morning with a heart pounding catastrophe.  Gulp.  And what an incredible cast!)

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David and Lisa

(I had never heard of this film before last week.  May be a lovely discovery.)

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Underworld Story

(Gotta get a least one good film noir in or I will be a disgrace.)

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Theodora Goes Wild

(Irene Dunne is a gem.  One of my favorite comedians ever!)

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Irene Dunne, I LOVE YOU!

Unfaithfully Yours

(Can I pass up a well thought of Preston Sturges that I’ve never seen before? hmmm…But Rex Harrison is not my fav.  Sorry.  Please don’t throw anything.  At this point I’m still resisting the call of Planet of the Apes but I am feeling some pull from Charlton.)

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Sunday

Bonnie and Clyde

(Cock of the Air and Lured are so tempting by I’m going with this all time great plus a chance to sleep in a bit.)

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Postcards From the Edge

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What’s Up Doc

(This should be really fun.  Looking forward to seeing all the crazy early 70s clothes.)

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Barbara, I love you!

TBA option or Speedy

(Must see a Harold Lloyd someday in the not too distant future and this could be the one.  Truly, I’m woefully underexposed to silent film.)

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16 Classic films- 14 new to me!!

I’m sure I’ll get some last minute inspirations and probably a nap demand from my body a time or two but this is where she stands.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear if you feel any of these picks are awesome or awful.

Cheers!

Click here to read a newbies great picks.

Click here to read the awesome picks post from Once Upon a Screen.

Last years pre-festival post.

 

 

 

 

 

Ginger’s Taste

As you probably already know I adore Ginger Rogers. Always have.  Always will.  On this blog I’ve shared a snapshot of her life story (A Taste of Ginger) as well as this clip of one of Ginger and Fred’s most creative dance numbers.  She was beautiful, charming, talented AND… had a very funky fashion sense.  Of course we’ve all had our moments- highly questionable outfits we’d rather forget.  Ugh and bleh.  Ginge definitely thought outside the box and wasn’t afraid take risks.  And so with the kindest regard and utmost respect here are a few of her illustrious fashion high points as well as a few delicious lows.

The Good

Such a cute sailor outfit.  (But oh, poor Lucy)

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Must be in the running for most adorable picture ever.

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So sexy

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I love this sweater.

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And THE iconic feather dress.

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The Bad

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Attack of the crabs?.

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Picnic anyone?

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And The Ugly

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Plus One Large Kerfuffle

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Believe it or not this dress raised a lot of eyebrows at the 1940 Academy Awards (Ginger won Best Actress for Kitty Foyle).  The lacy lingerie look was quite racy… not to mention the low neckline.  My, how far we’ve come.

And Just One More…

Yep.

Ginger Rogers Wearing Coin Cape Costume from the Film Gold Diggers of 1933.
Ginger Rogers Wearing Coin Cape Costume from the Film Gold Diggers of 1933.

Love You Ginge!

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Cheers!

 

 

Click here to read another blogger’s ode to the little known but delightful Vivacious Lady.

Click here to read about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers iconic collaborations.

A Taste of Ginger

I’d love to share with you a quick peek into the remarkable life of my favorite actress, Ginger Rogers.

[About Fred Astaire] “Sure he was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!”

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Virginia Katherine McMath was born on July 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri.

“My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.”

She was nicknamed, “Ginger,” because her younger cousin Helen pronounced “Virginia” as “Ginja.”

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18 month old Ginger with her father

At age 14 Ginger entered the Texas State Charleston Championship and won.  Her prize was a four week vaudeville contract.  She was a hit and continued to tour around the country.

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Ginger was extremely close to her mother Lela.

“I don’t care what the critics say. My fabulous mom will give me a good review if nobody else does.”

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After success in vaudeville and on Broadway, Hollywood came calling.

Lela guided Ginger in many of her career and financial decisions.

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Here they are in The Major and the Minor in which Lela plays Ginger’s onscreen mother.

Believe it or not, Ginger was in 19 films before making those 10 incredible features with Fred.

Ginger and Fred revolutionized the Hollywood musical with their blend of sophistication, elegance, and excellence.  Their pictures were scored by the greatest popular composers of the day- Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin- Wow!

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At the top of their game in Swing time, a sublime musical comedy.

“You bring out a lot of your own thoughts and attitudes when acting. I think a great deal of it has to do with the inner you. You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women.”  Amen!

“It was tough being a woman in the theatrical business in those days.”

Ginger had to fight extremely hard for equal pay and quality roles.  She was often paid significantly less than the male character actors in her films.

Finally, recognition: a Best Actress Academy Award for Kitty Foyle in 1940!

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Shortly after Ginger bought a 1000-acre ranch on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon.

She loved the outdoors!

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From Ginger’s milk cows.

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My Favorite Films

1.The Major and The Minor

2.Bachelor Mother

3.Stage Door

4.Swing Time

5. Storm Warning

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Ginger’s husbands

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Lew Ayres and Jack Briggs

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Jacques Bergerac and William Marshall

In her later years Ginger again found success on Broadway.

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Promoting her autobiography- Ginger: My Story  (A fun read)

On April 25,1995, 83 year old Ginger Rogers died of congestive heart failure.  Fans worldwide mourned the loss of this multi-talented wonder woman.

“The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift.”

Ginger, I’ll never take for granted the happiness you’ve brought me.

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Thanks for the memories!

Click here for a wonderful tribute to the films of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Click here for a great post about Ginger’s hilarious The Major and the Minor.