Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Debbie Reynolds Set for TCM Classic Film Festival
Silver-screen legends Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Debbie Reynolds and Rhonda Fleming are scheduled to appear at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, it was announced Tuesday.
The third annual festival, set for April 12-15, will feature the North American premiere of a new 75th anniversary restoration of Jean Renoir’s powerful prisoner-of-war drama Grand Illusion (1937). And the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will provide a live musical accompaniment for a screening of the silent Douglas Fairbanks fantasy-adventure The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
Minnelli and Grey are slated to join TCM host Robert Osborne to kick off the event with a gala opening-night, world-premiere screening of the 40th anniversary restoration of Cabaret, the 1972 film for which the stars took home two of the musical’s eight Oscars.
Reynolds will be on hand for the world-premiere screening of a new 60th anniversary restoration of Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and appear at a 50th anniversary showing of How the West Was Won (1962). That epic Western will screen in all its Cinerama glory at the Arclight Cinema’s Cinerama Dome.
Also, actresses Peggy Cummins, Rhonda Fleming and Marsha Hunt will appear at screenings of film noir classics, presented as part of a celebration of “The Noir Style.” And Diana Serra Cary, 93, who as “Baby Peggy” was one of Hollywood’s top child stars during the Silent Era, will join filmmaker Vera Iwerebor for the U.S. premiere of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room.
The festival’s celebration of Style in the Movies will include a tribute to Audrey Hepburn and screenings of Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957) and the world premiere of a new 45th anniversary restoration of Two for the Road (1967).
Other films to play at the festival include restored versions of classics including Wings (1927), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Swing Time (1936) and Casablanca (1942).
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Oscar ceremony, serves as the official hotel for the festival.