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My 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Must-Sees


The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival is only a week away – you should hear me yelling out the days at home – and, once again, I’ll be covering the festival as a TCM Social Producer. Whether you’ll be attending the fest itself or living vicariously through me, here’s the festival must-sees I hope to get to when I’m not running like a chicken with its head cut off!

Thursday, April 28th

This marks the first official day of my Social Producing duties so I’ll be hitting the Roosevelt Library Bar to the first panel of the festival debating various film genres. I’ll be there defending my undying love for musicals, particularly of the Esther Williams variety! From there I’ll be proving my knowledge with some other Social Producers during the “So You Think You Know the Movies” trivia game. After that it’s on to the red carpet where I’ll be talking to celebrities on their way to the evening’s VIP screening of All the President’s Men (1976). As much as I’d love to watch Bette Davis in Dark Victory (1939) the time between that and red carpet will probably be too close, so the first film I’m hoping to get to is the poolside screening of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman (1925). Yes, I am planning on seeing a silent film with an audience! There aren’t many late screenings on Thursday, but if I can make one it’ll be Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) with Katharine Hepburn’s niece, Katharine Houghton in attendance!

Friday, April 29th

So much is in flux on Friday. Depending on if I can snag a good seat for the Francis Ford Coppola handprints ceremony I’ll be starting my day in front of Grauman’s at 10am. If things look too crowded I might forego the handprints altogether and attend the 9am screening of The More the Merrier (1943) at the Egyptian. From there it’ll be a tough decision between The Way We Were (1973) or Illeana Douglas’ book signing, of which I’m leaning towards the latter. The afternoon decision comes down to two movies with impressive guests – Gina Lollabrigida introducing Trapeze (1956) and Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer discussing Cary Grant’s When You’re in Love (1937). I wouldn’t be surprised though if I was swayed into seeing the Man’s Best Friend: Dogs in Film panel, if only to see Modern Family’s original Stella! My travel buddy hopes I’ll go see Batman: The Movie (1966) poolside and considering the guests are Adam West and Lee Meriweather, I might be tempted. After that I’m hoping to watch Angela Lansbury introduce The Manchurian Candidate (1962). I’d be fine seeing My Sister Eileen (1955) because Chris Lemmon is introducing, but this is all about Angela for me! My fingers are crossed that Repeat Performance (1947), sandwiched between those two titans, will be one of the TBA’s on Sunday.

Saturday, April 30th

The travel buddy isn’t happy about it but we’re seeing the 9am screening of Bambi (1942) because I have yet to see any Disney films at the festival. Speaking of the travel buddy, she wants to see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) but I want to see Cari Beauchamp’s My First Time in Hollywood panel. After that it’ll either be watching A Conversation with Elliott Gould or standing in line for Rita Moreno’s book signing. As much as I ADORE The Song of Bernadette (1943) I can’t pass up a poolside screening of Forbidden Planet (1956) considering the success (and hilarity) of last year’s Earthquake (1974) screening. Finally, I’ll be taking in a midnight screening of Gog (1954) in 3D.

Sunday, May 1st

Sunday’s schedule is all dependent on what ends up filling the TBA slots throughout the day. Without those in consideration I’ll start my morning watching Allison Anders introduce All That Heaven Allows (1955). Though I’d love to see Children of a Lesser God (1986) I can’t pass up the opportunity to see Pixar composer Michael Giacchino discuss The Art of the Film Score. There’s a possibility I’ll get to the evening screening of Network (1976) or I could just spend the evening at the Closing Night Party.

That’s my TCM Film Festival schedule! If you’ll be attending the fest (or even if you aren’t, but want to dream) feel free to list your schedule in the comments! And be sure to enter my TCMFF contest to win a Warner Archive prize pack if you haven’t already.

Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

7 thoughts on “My 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Must-Sees Leave a comment

  1. Haha, once again our potential schedules are almost completely different! I MIGHT see you at When You’re in Love (haven’t totally decided that slot, and sounds like you haven’t either!), or MAYBE at Batman poolside, but that’s also kind of up in the air for both of us. Heh. But your festival sounds awesome too. Really can’t go wrong at TCM Fest, can you?

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