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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Oct 9, 2017

The new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, had its Texas premiere at the Dallas Docfest, held this weekend from Thursday, October 5, to Sunday, October 8, at the Studio Movie Grill. Director Alexandra Dean attended the screening and participated in a Q & A before the film on Friday read more

The Nostalgia Myth and Classic Movies in 2017 America

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jul 17, 2017

Backlots Earlier this morning on Twitter, I saw a tweet directed at TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, accusing him of being “SJW” (the abbreviation for Social Justice Warrior, a derogatory term for a person who engages in left-wing ideology for personal gains) because he condemned the Hollywood blacklist read more

Who Makes Me Laugh?

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Apr 14, 2017

WHO MAKES ME LAUGH? The TCM Film Festival 2017 Red Carpet Working the TCM Film Festival Red Carpet on April 6, 2017, afforded me the opportunity to ask celebrities, writers, actors, producers and TCM staff a question that follows the theme of the festival, Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movie read more

What I Won’t Be Seeing At The TCM Classic Film Festival 2017…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Mar 25, 2017

Since this is my eighth TCM Film Festival, I’ve come to expect certain things. I always love the excitement and the Wednesday get-togethers with dear friends the night before the festival begins. That won’t change.  Seeing familiar faces, opening the flood gates on my  cinephil read more

TCM Film Festival Memories Entice Pass Holders To Return In Larger Numbers Every Year…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Feb 10, 2017

TCM Film Festival Pass Holders always find the last two months before a festival begins to be anxiety-driven. What other films will be screened? Who will our special guests be? What kind of panels will be organized for club TCM? Which film will be the opening night Gala Premiere on Thursday?  read more

Australian Classic Film Superfan John Sambuco Visits TCM Studios in Atlanta!

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Oct 25, 2016

Australian classic film superfan John Sambuco spent the day of September 27 as a special international guest in the TCM Studios in Atlanta. Sambuco had been on an extended visit to the U.S.A. during the month of September, and when TCM staff heard he would be in Atlanta, he was invited to spend the read more

Garnering: The Best

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 27, 2016

James Garner always had that kind of optimistic cynicism that let the audience know he had the score, he felt like there was no point to all this nonsense, but that he was sticking around to see how everything was going to turn out. Such an attitude made viewers want to linger in front of the screen read more

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2016 S.F. Film Festival Offers Appetizing Selection

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jun 7, 2016

Nice festival play-by-play! “Beggars of Life,” courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The just concluded Twenty First Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival featured a strong weekend of thoughtful and powerful films and music from all over the world. The diverse lineup revealed read more

Mysterious Island (1961)

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Apr 9, 2016

   Mysterious Island (1961) reverberates in some ways with Disney influences from Swiss Family Robinson, future references in popular television programs, and the frightful, but ever-mesmerizing special effects of stop-motion animation hero Ray Harryhausen.   .   When I was read more

TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2016 updates film titles and guests…..

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Mar 14, 2016

Here’s a link to my latest Examiner article: I am thrilled that “All The Presudent’s Men” has been added!    read more


Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Feb 13, 2016

A first kiss is always memorable. It always intimates something more, of a moment of passion that has yet to be realized. But there is always a hint and a spark the first moment that lovers meet.   The tints and shades of the vibrant images in The Quiet Man also promise deep passion, and the e read more

Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes: Each Other’s Muse…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jan 23, 2016

As I was unsure of what “symbiotic” meant in the context of actors and directors,  I began to travel to the land of the “lexicons,” a green, fertile place found only in the imagination. Sometimes there’s a pot of gold, and sometimes there is a cold, hard fact that read more

Upcoming: Symbiotic Collaborations Blogathon

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jan 22, 2016

  My contribution to CineMaven’s star-studded CLASSIC SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS will feature Honorary Oscar Recipient Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. Stay tuned! read more


Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Nov 7, 2015

I had a few moments to update an earlier article concerning the TCM Film Festival, pass history, and updates for annoucnements, special guests, and films. This is not a comprehensive list, and there may be errors, but it’s definitely a loose guideline timeline, and accompanying photos are not read more

Gary Cooper: “Peaches and Champagne in the middle of the day!”

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 29, 2015

This post may see me in hot water; however, I hope it’s sprinkled with shrimp boil and fresh lemon juice following an afternoon of busy deveining and chopping okra to prepare the gumbo and jambalaya of my memory. I often understood Anne Rice’s choice of New Orleans as the setting for he read more

Photos from “THE MAKING OF GONE WITH THE WIND” exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 18, 2015

From September 9, 2014, to January 4, 2015, The Making of Gone With The Wind exhibit graced the Harry Ransom Center in Austin Texas. Christy with curator of the vast exhibit, Steve Wilson, and author of the museum exhibit book, The Making of Gone With The Wind. Banners at the entrance… Photo c read more

Robert Mitchum, The First Noir Cowboy….

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 12, 2015

Robert Mitchum’s Summer Under The Stars Celebration–The One and Only Noir Cowboy Blood on the Moon Where a woman’s bullet kills as quick as a man’s! When there’s blood on the moon, death lurks in the shadows…. Tomorrow, Robert Mitchum is honored with a Summer Un read more


Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jun 26, 2015

“How I Learned to Love Silent Movies” is my entry this year, and will be posted later today. Thank you for stopping by! read more

Turner Classic Film Festival 2015 and Memories of 2010

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on May 18, 2015

Dateline: HOLLYWOOD, Tuesday, March 24 Meeting my dear friend, the Countess De Lave, on my first day back in LA since 2014 afforded us a joyous reunion. I met her at the very first TCM Film Festival in 2010. She has a rental car, and a very comfortable ride it is. As she zooms away from our good fri read more


Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Feb 23, 2015

This is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon hosted by Aurora at Once Upon a Screen, Kellee at Outspoken and Freckled, and Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club. The Story of G. I. Joe is a movie heralded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower as “the finest war film” he had ever seen, and it i read more