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    April Preorders / Film Festivity

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Deception and larceny play major parts in the striking lineup of Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray releases on the docket for an April 18 unveiling. Another Woman (1988) is writer/director Woody Allen’s absorbing exploration of a buttoned-down scholar (Gena Rowlands) facing startling revelations about the personal responsibility she bears for the disappointments in her life and whether she can change her course for the better. In The Fortune Cookie (1966), co-writer/director Billy Wilder pairs Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau for the first time on screen as conspirators in an insurance settlement scam, and it’s as wittily trenchant and ferociously funny as this trio gets. Regarding the other two, just pop the champagne cork for breezily enchanting entertainment involving Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole executing an art museum heist in director William Wyler’s How to Steal a Million (1966), and new Army recruit Fred Astaire impersonating an officer to romance elusive dancer Rita Hayworth in the military musical You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), featuring nifty Cole Porter songs. Preorders open today at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT for this fab foursome. Don’t allow their limited quantities to get nabbed before making your move.

    Tomorrow the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival sets sail for four days of communal movie lovers’ bliss in Hollywood, where 70 feature films plus shorts programs and talent interview sessions will unspool over four happily hectic days through Sunday. Among the roster of movie treasures are two that are blue-ribbon Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays: the presciently funny George Cukor-directed Judy Holliday Oscar® winner Born Yesterday (1950, available here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/27345/BORN-YESTERDAY-1950/), screening Friday at 11:30 AM, and the wondrously bizarre futuristic fable from writer/director John Boorman and starring Sean Connery, Zardoz (1974, available here: http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28834/ZARDOZ-1974/), showing Friday at midnight. Additionally, the historic inaugural globetrotting Cinerama feature This Is Cinerama (1952), available from our colleagues at Flicker Alley and on sale at our Twilight Time Movies website, will unfurl in all its widescreen surround-stereo glory Saturday at 10 AM at the nearby Arclight Cinerama Dome. Where celebrations of movie magic occur, TT is there in spirit and in practice. To get the full picture of the Festival frenzy and possibly score individual event tickets, visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com.