Feeling “Breathless” Over Classic Movie Fest

TCM throws its first film festival. Ahead: 50+ screenings.

No doubt about it; the Los Angeles commuter knows it takes a lot for an ad to romance the eye.

Those TCM Classic Film Festival posters have been catching ours; perhaps you've seen them lining the congest-y, lots-of-time-to-look corner of Franklin and Highland. Basically the ads take iconic images from famous movies and remove some of the information, leaving stark graphics.

Beautiful. Also beautiful: the film festival itself. Kicking off on Thursday, April 22 with TCM-er Robert Osborne, the festival will spotlight several dozen movies one is likely to see on Turner Classic Movies. Think "A Star is Born" and "Casablanca" and "Breathless."

Only now they'll play large, at theaters like Mann's Chinese (there will be several venues participating in the fest; eye the schedule to make sure you've got the right place/movie). The festival runs from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25.

Plus plus plus: stars. Lots of them. Oodles of them. TCM says Mel Brooks and Angelica Huston and Eva Marie Saint and many many other major names will stop by to talk about their works. Stanley Donen! Stanley Donen, the man who co-directed "Singing in the Rain" nearly 60 years ago. One of the wickedest movies about the film industry, and still dew-fresh today.

We'll probably be talking more about this festival because there's no way we can't. Stanley Donen!

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