Yup, that’s right. I’m heading out to the Turner Classic Movie Film Festival tomorrow! I’m still pinching myself at the thought. My favorite part of the preparation has been discussing this excursion with my clients in the store where I work. You would think that in this age of 3D blockbusters, the idea that I would travel across the country to spend my vacation watching old black and white movies in vintage theatres would be met with horror. But to my great delight, everyone I shared my plans with was enthusiastic, fascinated and even envious. It sparked a fast paced conversation with one lady regarding All About Eve and the merits of George Sanders. You see, in my daily life, my conversations very rarely include references to Maureen O’Hara, Double Indemnity and Tom Conway. But this week, I shamelessly gushed about them every day to anyone who would listen.
Even more astounding for me was the discovery that the majority of my guinea pigs were well aware of exactly what the festival was and who would be there – the dear Bobby Osborne. I’ve been tasked with coming back with a photo of myself with him.
The warm reaction I received is a true testament to the power of classic film and TCM to bring people together. I can’t wait to share the experiences upon my return!