Robert Osborne, the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies and a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, has picked nine classic films that he says, “represent the breadth and variety of classic cinema from the 1920s to the 1980s.” The 2010 festival selections are: To Catch a Thief, Double Indemnity, Stand by Me, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Shining, Steamboat Bill Jr., All About Eve, The Godfather II, and The Wizard of Oz.
Nate Kohn, festival executive producer and professor of telecommunications in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, is thrilled by the list. “Robert is the world’s foremost authority on the Academy Awards, and he worked hard to put together this dynamic program. His commitment to the success of our festival is something we’re very proud of.”
A host of guests will be on hand to discuss the films showcased, and on opening night, Tom Brown, Vice President of original productions for TCM, will introduce To Catch a Thief and discuss the film with a special guest. Robert Osborne will assume his traditional hosting duties for the festival on March 26.
Past festivals have brought guests such as Jane Powell, Louise Fletcher, Maximilian Schell, Pia Lindstrom, Patricia Neal, Parker Posey, Mickey Rooney, Talia Shire and Fred Willard to Athens to discuss their films on stage with Osborne, who will also preside over a panel discussion expected to include UGA scholars, festival guests, artists, critics and others. This year’s panel discussion topic is Social Change—How Film Reflects and Inspires a Shift in the Collective Cultural Climate—Propaganda or Art? This panel discussion is free and open to the public.
For the three-and-a-half day festival, the 2,000-seat Classic Center theatre will be transformed into a world-class movie palace with the installation of a 60-foot motion picture screen and state-of-the-art 35 mm projection and sound systems. Most prints will be pristine archival 35 mm prints from many of the major studios.
Festivalgoers this year will be able to experience the festival’s first Midnight Movie – The Shining on Friday night. Saturday also brings a special treat – the matinee showing of Buster Keaton’s 1928 silent film, Steamboat Bill Jr., will feature live music accompaniment by Athens musician Dan Nettles and his jazz instrumental band, Kenosha Kid.
All films will require a paid ticket for admission. In continuing the tradition of the “Children’s Sunday Matinee,” children 12 and under will receive a special ticket price of $5 for The Wizard of Oz. Passes and tickets for individual films are available at The Classic Center box office, online at www.classiccenter.com or by calling (800) 918-6393. Festival passes are available for $65 for all films, excluding the Midnight Movie, or $50 with valid student or alumni identification. Passes that include the Midnight Movie are $70, or $55 with valid student or alumni identification. A limited number of passes that include the festival’s Saturday brunch will be available for an additional $30. Individual film tickets are $10, or $8 for students and alumni association members. Individual tickets to the Midnight movie are $8 for everyone. Group and early purchase discounts are available; there is also a 4-film pass available to students for $25. Please see the festival website for more information.
Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival is an annual non-profit event of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Please note that films on the list are subject to change.