Enjoy the “Classics” at the Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona International Film Festival
Robert Osborne brings “Classic” element to Film Festival

Sedona is a buzz with the coming of the Sedona International Film Festival kicking off this coming Saturday on February the 18th! The Sedona International Film Festival has become one of the greatest celebrations of the best in independent film from around the world and this year Turner Classic Movies’ host Robert Osborne will be will presenting three classic Hollywood films for special screenings via video introductions!

You may have seen some of these films 10 or 12 times, but there’s nothing like seeing them in a big theater. That’s the experience I would like to present in Sedona so that people can see why original audiences were captivated. – Robert Osborne

Classic Hollywood films for this years festival:

2/22/12 – Hud
Where: Harkins Theater 1 (3:00 pm)
Hud Bannon (Paul Newman), the selfish, self-centered son of veteran Texas cattleman Homer Bannon (Melvyn Douglas), is despised by his father, a man of staunch integrity whose philosophy of life is diametrically opposed to Hud’s. A stellar cast supports Newman in this groundbreaking and memorable film. Hud was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning three (Best Actress – Patricia Neal, Best Supporting Actor – Melvyn Douglas, and Best Cinematography).

2/23/12 – Summertime
Where: Harkins Theater 1 (3:00 pm)
Jane Hudson, a jaunty as well as attractive middle-aged secretary from Akron, Ohio, has finally made it to Venice, Italy, for her long-awaited dream vacation. Never-married Jane is a self-described “independent type” who’s content, or so she claims, to go it mostly alone, armed with her movie camera. Jane soon discovers that even in a city as beautiful and fascinating as Venice, going it alone can still leave one feeling terribly lonely. All that is about to change, starting with a brief encounter at an outdoor café in the Piazza San Marco, where Jane draws the attention of a handsome antiques-shop owner named Renato de Rossi. Summertime was nominated for two Academy Awards.

2/24/12 – All About Eve
Harkins Theater 1 (3:00 pm)
An ambitious young actress tries to take over a star’s career and love life. Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson. This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis’ line “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film’s dialog sparkles with equal brilliance. All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards including multiple nominations in the acting categories! Winner of six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor for George Sanders.

The Sedona Film Festival runs for nine days and with more than 145 films from features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films,there is something for everybody. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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