Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Classic Hollywood at Bonhams

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TCM and Bonhams had a very interesting auction this past Tuesday. I went to the Bonhams auction house on Sunset Boulevard to check it out. There was a lot of really cool science-fiction and fantasy items as well as classic Hollywood memorabilia. The Forbidden Planet was heavily featured. There were a lot of set pieces and costumes from that iconic movie.

One of the things that interested me was the replica prop of the Nautilus fromΒ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The card said that it came from the Forrest J Ackerman estate. Just speculation on my part, but I think a lot of the items may have originated from Uncle Forry’s Ackermansion, especially the lobby cards and posters.

The centerpiece of course was the life-sized Darth Vader costume. Unfortunately it was withdrawn on the very last day as part of an agreement between the owner and the upcoming Lucas Museum. Hopefully that means it’ll be on display for Star Wars fans some day!

I really wanted to see a door knocker from MGM Studios in the shape of the MGM lion, but alas, that too was withdrawn. The owner probably had second thoughts about selling it. I would too – what a great part of movie history!

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TCM Film Festival 2019 Recap

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There was much to celebrate at the TCM Classic Film Festival this year, and of utmost was its spectacular 10th anniversary. For the first time, the festival sold out of all its passes and filled even the biggest of theaters to maximum capacity.

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Grazing the 2018 TCM Film Festival

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Despite the ease of access – and despite being so in love with classic cinema – I have never been to the TCM Film Festival until this year. After starting this blog, I decided I probably should immerse myself in the classic film community and share the joys of watching the likes of Gable and Garbo onscreen.

This year, I decided to test the waters and graze the movie screenings and free events at the TCMFF. The level of passion in classic movie fans is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. There’s so much respect in the movie palaces – nobody checks their phone or whispers to each other. It’s immersive and transformative, an intimate relationship between the screen and the audience-goer.

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