Communal Viewing: TCM Classic Film Festival

Jules Dassin’s Rififi (1955)

March 26-29
Hollywood, CA


The TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood March 26-29, providing a chance for fans to watch cinematic classics the way they were meant to be seen—on the big screen, with an audience. This year’s theme History According to Hollywood explores how the dream factory’s portrayal of history shapes our view of it. Besides a diverse array of films depicting historical events and characters like 1776 (1972) and Patton (1970), four restorations will make their world premieres at the festival, including Jules Dassin’s beautifully wrought and highly influential heist film Rififi (1955), presented by Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller, who is hosting at least 10 films.


Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell share a steamy moment in Nightmare Alley (1947).

Noir lovers have plenty to enjoy, including the Film Noir Foundation-funded 35mm restoration of Too Late for Tears (1949), hosted by Muller. As part of the festival’s “Discoveries” program, TCM will screen Nightmare Alley (1947), featuring Tyrone Power’s uncharacteristically dark performance as a ruthless carny. Legendary character actor Norman Lloyd will join Muller for a discussion following Anthony Mann’s Reign of Terror (1949). Set in the bloody days of the French Revolution, the film is a rare example of a historically-based noir. TCM also tips its hat to the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, with screenings of Rebecca (1940) and Psycho (1960). Muller will also be hosting Nightmare and Rebecca, Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright will be in attendance at Psycho. For more on the festival, visit the official website.


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