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Let the Festival commence!


Back in January, I mentioned that the University of Georgia was still planning on hosting their classic film festival—with TCM’s own Robert Osborne—in March, despite that the Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ had been touting another classic film festival with Bobby Osbo also scheduled for this year, only in April. In plugging this news, I forgot to mention that the UGA event is officially known as Robert Osborne’s 2010 Classic Film Festival…and that this is the sixth such annual presentation.

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)

It is also with great, noisy fanfare and much shameless self-promotion that I can announce I decided to throw caution to the wind and splurge on purchasing tickets for three of the movies to be shown at the festival—Double Indemnity (1944), All About Eve (1950), and Buster Keaton’s silent comedy classic, Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). I hemmed and hawed a good deal about this decision and finally said to myself: “What the hey—I deserve to treat myself to something nice every now and then, and three classic films on the big screen is just the tonic.”

I’m really jazzed about seeing these movies even though I own all three on DVD—it’s just that seeing them on the big screen and with an audience is going to make a huge difference. I’m hoping to get an opportunity to do a quick meet-and-greet with author Eddie Muller, who will assist Bobby O with the intro to Indemnity, and to pass up an opportunity to see Buster with an audience would just go against everything I stand for. (As for Eve—well, it’s just one of the wittiest films ever made…even if I don’t always care for Bette Davis, you cannot deny that she does incredible work.)

Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

The tickets cost me $10 apiece but the one thing I was a little cheesed off about was they added a surcharge of half-a-sawbuck to each one I bought, calling it a “convenience fee” or some such rubbish. I’m guessing that part of that might be for postage (I opted for them to send the tickets to me) and they state on the website that two bucks is for a parking fee and one buck a facility fee. It’s the parking charge that I’m most ticked off about; I don’t drive and in fact I’ll probably take the bus to The Classic Center Theatre. The scheduling of the movies makes it attractive for those who use public transit; Indemnity will be shown at 1pm on Friday, March 26 and Eve and Bill, Jr. the next day (Saturday) at 1 and 4pm, respectively.

The Festival will also include a panel discussion on Saturday morning at 10:00am entitled Social Change—How Film Reflects and Inspires a Shift in the Collective Cultural Climate—Propaganda or Art? (Sounds like John Nolte might want to check this one out.) If I can get motivated enough to get to the Classic Center early I might sit in on this one; they haven’t announced the panelists that will participate yet but past guests include Jane Powell, Louise Fletcher, Maximilian Schell, Pia Lindstrom, Patricia Neal, Parker Posey, Mickey Rooney, Talia Shire, and Fred Willard.

So the tickets are bought and paid for—and are currently en route to Rancho Yesteryear. When the big event arrives, I will be certain to blog about my impressions…and if anyone else in the area is planning on attending, drop me a line and let me know!

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