A Nice But Movieless Night at the TCM Classic Film Festival

I had a relatively slow workday today, so I decided to take a gamble and drive up to the TCM Classic Film Festival in hopes of getting a standby ticket to a late screening. My hope was to see the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller introduce CRISS CROSS (1949) with Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Dan Duryea. It's on my list of 10 classics I particularly want to see in 2012.

I knew the film was playing in the festival's smallest venue, but I didn't realize just how small until I got there: only 177 seats! Despite the fact that I was No. 1 in the standby line, the screening was completely filled with festival passholders and I didn't get in. It was a bummer after going to quite a bit of effort, but at least I tried, and I've got a DVD I can watch!

The evening wasn't a complete waste of time, however. I got to scope out a small bit of the festival "scene," learned my way around the Chinese Multiplex (and know not to attempt standby there again, grin), got a lovely glossy festival guidebook, and enjoyed chatting with fellow film fans in line. And I'm almost positive A.C. Lyles walked past me.

I'm probably going to attempt standby one more time Saturday night and try to see GUN CRAZY (1950) at the Egyptian, with Eddie Muller and Peggy Cummins in attendance. The Egyptian is three and a half times the size of the Chinese Multiplex so maybe I'll have better luck!

However it goes, I'm fairly sanguine about it, because after most of the TCM Festival folks have flown home, I'm going to be enjoying numerous films spread over three glorious weeks at the Noir City Festival!