Just Announced: TCM Classic Film Festival to Honor Jerry Lewis

Just Announced: Turner Classic Movies to Honor Legend Jerry Lewis at 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival!

Jerry Lewis

The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will honor legendary actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewis with a multi-tiered celebration of his remarkable career. Highlighting the tribute, Lewis will have his hand and footprints enshrined in concrete on Saturday, April 12 in front of the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Following the hand and footprint ceremony, Lewis will attend a screening of his comedy hit The Nutty Professor (1963), which he also directed. As a special prelude to the film, Lewis will join award-winning actress Illeana Douglas on-stage for an interview about his extraordinary career, as well as about the making of the movie. After The Nutty Professor, Lewis will stick around to answer questions from the audience.

The Nutty Professor starring Jerry Lewis

“Jerry Lewis is a very important name whenever movie comedy is discussed and enjoyed,” said TCM host Robert Osborne, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Jerry has provided the world with great merriment and laughter, while also showing, in such films as Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, what an exceptional dramatic actor he can be. Add to that his many credits as a popular director, producer and writer, and you see the reasons we are pleased to be able to honor him for his more than 60 years of contributions to the world of motion pictures.”

Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The festival will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

TCM Classic Film Festival 2014

In addition to Lewis, this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival will pay tribute to Quincy Jones, who will appear at multiple events during the festival, including a 50th anniversary screening of Sidney Lumet’s powerful drama The Pawnbroker (1964), which marked Jones’ debut as a film composer. Other previously announced events during this year’s festival include a screening of the recently restored Gone with the Wind (1939) and a presentation of The Wizard of Oz (1939) in its stunning new IMAX® 3D format. The festival will also include three world premiere restorations: Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944), which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary; Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958); and William Wyler’s Best Picture Oscar® winner The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) — and a screening of the Harold Lloyd comedy classic Why Worry? (1923), with legendary silent-film composer Carl Davis conducting the live world premiere performance of his new original score.

Passes for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website:  http://www.tcm.com/festival.

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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