TCM Classic Film Fest: From An American In Paris To Fantasia

A wrap up about the TCM Classic Film Festival by Mike Wilmington of the Movie City News:

“The second edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood….

It began and it ended in that most magical of all super-Hollywood movie palaces, Grauman‘s Chinese Theatre — with two great examples of the kind of things Hollywood does best: A classic Gene Kelly Hollywood Musical and a classic Walt Disney feature length cartoon: An American In Paris in the first case, and Fantasia in the second.

And in both cases there was the same well-spoke guide on stage: The Turner Classic Movie Channel’s genial, silver-haired raconteur-host Robert Osborne, there to look natty, talk sharp and mellow, introduce the shows and smoothly interview the stars, moviemakers or movie experts, afterwards.

In the case of An American in Paris, the onstage reminiscences came from one of the four or five movie actresses with whom I fell instantly in love after seeing a particular performance: Leslie Caron, the wide-eyed, wide-smiling, jubilant Parisian gamin of American in Paris — the French ballerina who danced with the peerless Kelly (“Mr. Mool-igan“), danced to the music of the nonpareil Gershwin brothers (George the tunes, Ira the lyrics, “I Got Rhythm“ to “Embraceable You“), and finally danced away with all our hearts.”

A very interesting overview of the festival.  Please see the whole article here.

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