L.A.'s famed Grauman's Chinese theater played host over the weekend to the first ever TCM Classic Film Festival, which turned out to be quite the old Hollywood affair: the fest spanned four days of over 50 screenings of classic films, panels, and special presentations held in the heart of iconic Hollywood, from the Judy Garland festival opener A Star is Born to a very special closing night screening of Fritz Lang's Metropolisfeaturing never before seen footage and live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra.
Throughout the weekend festival goers were treated to a host of living legends, the likes of which would make any classic movie fan's head spin -- Eva Marie Saint, Tony Curtis, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Esther Williams, Ernest Borgnine, Stanley Donen, Norman Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Eli Wallach, and Peter Bogdanovich, to name a few -- not to mention the patron saint of classic movie-watching, film historian and TCM host Robert Osborne. But if you missed the first ever TCM Classic Film Festival this year, fear not: it's coming back in 2011!
Osborne himself made the announcement to fans packing the Grauman's Chinese Sunday night before the landmark screening of Metropolis, which made its North American debut at the fest. (The newly restored cut, featuring 25 additional minutes of recently found footage, will be released in New York, L.A., and at the Cleveland Museum of Art in May.)
"You know, we came into this not knowing if this was going to be a one-shot, or what was going to happen," the tuxedo-clad host said to a hushed full-capacity crowd. "And because you've been so gracious and you've been so enthusiastic and everything, they're making the announcement tomorrow that there is going to be one next year."