Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition

Because the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival was cancelled this year, Turner Classic Movies will be airing the TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition from April 16 to April 19 2020. It will include TCM hosts, guests, and events that one can follow on TCM and online. Unfortunately, as of yet, Turner Classic Movies does not have the ability to transmit TCMFF swag to fans through their television sets, computers, smartphones, or tablets.

The schedule for the TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition is already available and you can see it here. As might be expected, it consists of some of the best programming on TCM all this year. On Thursday, April 16, at 11:00 PM Eastern/10:00 PM Central, TCM is airing the silent classic Metropolis (1927).

Friday TCM is showing The Seventh Seal at 6:45 AM Eastern/ 5:45 AM Central. At 12:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Central, one of my all time favourite movies is airing, A Hard Day's Night (1964). As usual, I will be on hand with trivia. on Twitter using the hashtag #TCMParty. At 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central TCM is showing the interview with Eva Marie Saint from the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, followed at 3:15 PM Eastern/2:15 Central by North By Northwest (1959). At 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central, TCM is showing the documentary Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story.

Saturday morning TCM is airing Mad Love (1935), with an introduction from Bill Hader from the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival, at 8:00 AM Eastern/7:00 AM Central. It is followed by the Pre-Code movie Double Harness (1933) at 9:15 AM Eastern/8:15 AM Central. I am told at the 2016 film festival it was sold out! At 1:30 PM Eastern/12:30 PM Central there is Safety Last! (1923), introduced by Suzanne Lloyd. At 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central TCM is showing Casablanca (1942), with an introduction by Peter Bogdanovich and Monika Henreid. at 11:45 PM Eastern/10:45 PM Central Night and the City (1950) is airing, with an introduction by Eddie Muller.

Sunday evening Singin' in the Rain (1954) airs at 6:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Central. It is followed by Floyd Norman: An Animated Life at 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central. Animator Floyd Norman was set to be honoured at this year's festival. At 12:15 AM Eastern (Monday morning)/11:15 PM Central Turner Classic Movies is showing the Pre-Code classic Baby Face (1933). Film historian Bruce Goldstein was set to present this film at this year's festival, addressing the censorship the film experienced.

The TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition will be a real treat for TCM fans and a means for the festival to go on after a fashion. Now if only the technology to transmit TCMFF swag through television screens could be perfected before April 16....

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