The fourth annual (and my second) TCM Classic Film Festival is over. What a wonderful experience, one that I never expected would have exceeded that of the fantastic 2012 festival. I spent time with friends new and old, sipped cocktails poolside at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, had steaks and expensive wine in the Chaplin booth at Musso & Frank Grill, had a piece of memorabilia appraised by Bonhams, and enjoyed the greatest classic films on the big screen, several of them new-to-me. I barely slept, I ate like a bird, but I had the greatest time a classic film fan can have.
Before I made my trip to Hollywood for the festival, I wrote up my picks. Just like in 2012, I wasn’t able to stick to all of them. In some cases, the screenings were “sold out” and in other cases I either changed my mind at the last minute or was persuaded by friends. In case you missed it, here is my pre-festvial piece, The Tantalus Dilemma Redux.
In 2012 I attended the 3rd Annual TCM Classic Film Festival (and my 1st). In 2010 I was unable to attend because I had a bun in the oven and in 2011 the little bun was too young for me to leave. It was hard for me to stay here, watching the commercials, seeing the live blogs and tweets, and of course the footage from the Festival itself. I honestly didn’t think it would ever be a possibility for me to go. When the opportunity arose for me to attend in 2012, everything fell into place. All of the things I worried about were non-issues and all of the things I didn’t think would be issues? Well…
The winner of the random drawing for the Criterion release of Night of the Hunter is Angela from The Hollywood Revue! Congratulations, Angela! She has chosen to receive the DVD version of Charles Laughton’s haunting and beautiful nightmare. Her favorite costume is when she dressed up as Norma Desmond from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. Her favorite horror film is Nosferatu. Excellent!
I want to thank all of you for entering this contest and making it a success! I had such a great response! Some of your favorite costumes include dressing up as Carmen Miranda, Anne of Green Gables, Lucille Ball, several different Disney characters, a vampire hunter, witches, ghosts, etc. Some favorite films include Freaks, The Uninvited, The Universal Monster movies, Hammer Horror, Cat People, The Wicker Man, and others.
Since you all shared your favorite Halloween costumes/films with me, I will share mine with you! My favorite “scary” film is probably 1931′s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, and Rose Hobart. I also enjoy watching Hitchcock films this time of year (and every other time of the year too), especially The Birds, The Lady Vanishes, Shadow of a Doubt, and Rope. I also make it a habit to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and all of The Simpsons ”Tree House of Horror” episodes. I have three costumes from the past few years that are my all time favorites. First is when I dressed as Burt Reynolds circa 1977 (Smokey and the Bandit). A hopelessly tragic look for me, but I think I pulled it off.
Next is when I went as Dr. Frankenstein from Young Frankenstein (played by Gene Wilder). This time I did away with spirit gum and the fake hair and just went for a more drawn on look. My mom went as Igor (she is going to kill me for posting this picture).
And finally, perhaps my finest costume…Groucho Marx. I borrowed my husbands suit, bought a skinny tie, glasses, grease paint, and a spray can of hair dye. And of course a cigar. I wore this costume to hand out candy to the 500+ Trick or Treaters we get every year. Only one person (my parent’s next door neighbor) knew who I was supposed to be. Some guesses include (and I’m not kidding): Charlie Chaplin (ok, at least in the right relative time frame), Abraham Lincoln (WHAT?!?), Albert Einstein, and Michael Jackson (doesn’t even make sense, but they were dead serious).
I am excited to announce the very first contest giveaway here at Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence! It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is send me an email at Sittinonabackyardfence (at) gmail (dot) com and tell me what your favorite Halloween costume was as a kid/adult.You can also tell me your favorite classic horror film or character. In your email, please tell me your name and a website/blog if applicable. Once the contest is over, I will post your submissions for everyone to read!
You are allowed one entry.The contest ends at Midnight EDT Sunday, October 16th. I will select the winner by random drawing the next day. The winner will be contacted via email and if I do not receive a response within three days I will select another winner. For this contest, entries must be from the US and Canada only.
I am giving away a brand new copy of The Criterion Collection release of Charles Laughton’s masterpiece The Night of the Hunter. The winner will receive their choice of either the DVD or Blu-ray version of this fantastic film. If you’ve seen this film, then you probably understand why I have selected it for a Halloween giveaway. If you haven’t, then let me just say this: the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” has never sounded so sinister.
If you haven’t subscribed to The Fence, please do! Also, feel free to share this contest on your websites and blogs. I would love to have a ton of submissions!
UPDATE: Contest is closed. Thanks to all who participated!