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TCM Promos Seven-Part Moguls & Movie Stars with Five City Exhibit/Tour

TCM Promos Seven-Part Moguls & Movie Stars with Five City Exhibit/Tour

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Turner Classic Movies is launching a five city multimedia, interactive, exhibit tour featuring Hollywood memorabilia from TCM’s original seven-part documentary series, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, which premieres November 1 at 8 PM (ET). The series delves into an in-depth history of Hollywood from its start in 1890 through 1970, including interviews with critics, filmmakers and film historians (Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell), the children of Hollywood’s Golden Age, film clips and rare footage.

The tour starts in Atlanta (Phipps Plaza, Oct. 18-20), moves on to New York (Grand Central Terminal, Oct. 25-26), Denver (King Center, Nov. 4-6) and San Francisco (Embarcadero Center, Nov. 11-12) and winds up in Los Angeles (The Grove, Nov. 18-20). TCM will partner with local cable affiliates throughout the tour.

The multimedia exhibit will display memorabilia such as a Casablanca Oscar statuette; one of narrator Christopher Plummer’s costumes from The Sound of Music as well as outfits worn by Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind), Marilyn Monroe (Niagara) and Rudolph Valentino (The Sheik) as well as such artifacts as an original bound script from Yankee Doodle Dandy, a signed check from MGM to John Gilbert, a silent film camera and a zoetrope.

Moguls & Movie Stars is executive-produced by ex-CAA partner Bill Haber (Monty Python’s Spamalot) and written and produced by Jon Wilkman.

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Only two days in New York?!! Bummer. With my luck, I’ll forget all about it and miss it, even though my office is only 9 blocks away.

Do the interviewees in the doc include anyone still LEFT from the Golden Age? E.g. Gloria Stuart (before she died, of course), Luise Rainer (100 and counting), Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine, Marsha Hunt, Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, Dickie Moore, Farley Granger, etc.

I recently watched for the first time CIMARRON, the Best Picture Oscar winner of 1930-31. Bizarre but fascinating film offering a window into history and attitudes that seem so far from us, but which had basically just happened when the movie was made. (Imagine a movie today that opens with Woodstock and ends last year–that would be our equivalent to how a 1931 audience related to the period covered in CIMARRON.) But it got me to remembering how, when watching old movies on TV while growing up, it seemed that movies from 1930-31 looked really “old,” while movies from 1932-33 and onward were much more accessible to us, much more “modern.” Think FRANKENSTEIN vs. THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE COCOANUTS vs. HORSEFEATHERS, LITTLE CAESAR vs. SCARFACE, TRADER HORN vs. TARZAN THE APE MAN. Etc. I wonder if the docu. goes into this.

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