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Lulu's Coverage of The TCM Classic Film Festival Thursday, April 12, 2012


After I finished covering the red carpet for the Cabaret restoration I headed over to the Roosevelt Hotel where they were supposed to show High Society poolside on the rooftop. Unfortunately, it was raining so they brought the movie indoors to Club TCM.

People gathering inside of Club TCM for the High Society showing...

Ladies sitting by fabulous sketches of film fashion inside of Club TCM...

I was only able to watch a little bit of High Society before I had to run off to a showing of Cleopatra.

The way the festival runs is that there are usually five to seven different movies and events taking place during five different time slots throughout the day at different venues (for example on Saturday of the film festival Singin' In The Rain, Moonstruck, The Black Cat, The Scarlett Empress and Gun Crazy were all showing in the evening during the 6:30/6:45/7:15 time slot).


Photo courtesy of TCM and Photofest.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Bob Mackie spoke before Cleopatra was shown.

Bob Mackie said that this is one of his favorite movies. He first saw this movie at a revival theater in the 1950's as a child.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis is having a show in London and one of Colbert's dresses from the movie is going to be on display. Deborah says that in the movie the dress looks white but that in reality it's a mint green.

Travis Banton was the featured fashion designer of the Style in the Movies theme of this year's festival. Travis Banton designed the clothing in Cleopatra. Claudette Colbert refused to wear the designs DeMille originally wanted her to. She insisted that instead of using DeMille's designers that she wanted Banton as her designer, and the rest is fashion history.

Lulu's review:

The Cleopatra costumes are lavish consisting of lame, chain mail, silk, velvet, scarabs and snakes. Colbert's dresses are slinky, sexy and revealing.

Some unusual scenes in the movie are: there are women dressed up as leopards being whipped, women being pulled out of the sea in a net who come slithering out to Marc Antony offering up shells full of pearls and jewels.

Ratings on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the highest ranking:

Costumes: 10

Kitsch: 9

Sets: 9

This post was originally published on April 23, 2012.