Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Debbie Reynolds and "Baby Peggy" Diana Serra Cary, along with film noir leading ladies Peggy Cummins, Rhonda Fleming and Marsha A. Hunt are the latest stars scheduled to appear at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival.
The festival will feature the North American premiere of a new 75th anniversary restoration of Jean Renoir's powerful POW drama Grand Illusion (1937), widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. 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's own Robert Osborne to kick off the four-day, star-studded event with a gala opening-night world premiere screening of the 40th anniversary restoration Cabaret (1972), the film for which the two stars took home Academy Awards.
Tony® and Academy® Award winner Joel Grey currently stars on Broadway as "Moonface Martin" in the revival of 'Anything Goes'. In a career that was launched in the early 1950's, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles including the iconic M.C. in Cabaret (Tony® Award), as song and dance man George M. Cohan in George M! (Tony® nomination), as Charley VII in Goodtime Charlie (Tony® nomination), as Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (Tony® nomination), as Olim in New York City Opera's Silverlake, as Amos Hart in the landmark revival of Chicago and as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked.
Minnelli last starred on Broadway in Liza's at The Palace...! which earned a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. Minnelli has won a total of three Tony Awards awards, including a Special Tony Award. She has also won an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field, along with many other honors and awards. She is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. The actress was most recently seen on the HBO series 'Arrested Development' in the role of 'Lucille'.
Reynolds will make her second appearance at the TCM Classic Festival, appearing at the world premiere screening of a new 60th anniversary restoration of Singin' in the Rain (1952). Reynolds will also appear at a 50th anniversary screening of How the West Was Won (1962), which will offer festival passholders the rare opportunity to see the epic western in all its Cinerama glory at Arclight Cinema's Cinerama Dome.
Cummins, Fleming and Hunt and will each appear at screenings of film noir classics, presented as part of a celebration of The Noir Style. And Cary, who was one of Hollywood's top child stars during the silent era, will join filmmaker Vera Iwerebor for the U.S. premiere of Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2010), Iwerebor's fascinating documentary chronicling Cary's life on and off the screen.
In addition, the festival's celebration of Style in the Movies will include an extensive tribute to one of the most stylish actresses in cinema history: Audrey Hepburn. Presentations will include Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957) and the world premiere of a new 45th anniversary restoration of Two for the Road (1967).
The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival will take pace Thursday, April 12 - Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Hollywood. For more information, please visit: www.tcm.com/festival/.
The following is a roster of newly added screenings and appearances:
Cabaret (1972) - World Premiere 40th Anniversary Restoration, featuring appearances by Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey*
One of the most acclaimed films of its era, Bob Fosse's Cabaret stars Oscar?-winner Liza Minnelli as an American singer looking for love and success in pre-World War II Berlin. Joel Grey, who is currently co-starring in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes, earned an Oscar as the ubiquitous Master of Ceremonies. And Michael York co-stars as a young English teacher whose eyes are opened by what he experiences. Fosse also earned Oscar gold for directing this perfect showcase for his unique choreography and imaginative visual style.
* schedule permitting
Style in the Movies - The Noir Style
Presented by Eddie Muller, founder of the Film Noir Foundation, this collection explores the unique style of film noir, known for its often-shadowy black-and-white photography and stylistic set design.
Raw Deal (1948) - Featuring an appearance by Marsha Hunt
Noted for its extraordinary cinematography by John Alton, this gritty Anthony Mann thriller stars Dennis O'Keefe as a man in prison for another man's crime, Claire Trevor as the gun moll who helps him break out of jail and Marsha Hunt as the social worker who wants to reform him. Raymond Burr and John Ireland co-star.
Gun Crazy (1950) - Featuring an appearance by Peggy Cummins
Long before Bonnie and Clyde rattled moviegoers came this ruthless tale of a gun-toting husband-and-wife team. Peggy Cummins and John Dall star, with a script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (credited to Millard Kaufman).