Loren dazzled the audience in a gleaming white pant suit and was greeted with thunderous applause. What must it feels like to have the noise and energy and admiration of 900-plus people cheering and applauding you. I sat in the front row trying to surreptitiously ( and unfortunately very poorly ) record Loren’s interview with Ben Mankiewicz. ( Security was tight. The young man next to me pulled out his camera before the house lights dimmed and was told he had to take his digital movie camera OUT of the theatre!! Boooo! Hissss! )
For me, this time around Sophia Loren seemed just slightly more self-assured in front of the crowd, professional. Just slightly more the movie-star without any lapses in English or need for translation. I think without her son sharing the stage, she pulled out the SOPHIA in Sophia Loren. Not that it wasn’t really there before. She is THE Movie Star. But seeing her twice ( TWICE????!!!!!! What kind of thing is THAT?! ) I was able to compare.
She truly enjoyed working with DeSica and Mastroianni. I’m going to be honest folks…I can’t recall what else she said. I truly was just taking her all in; burning into memory I was looking at Sophia Loren. She really is timeless.
This was to be my last event of the festival. And ending it seeing Sophia Loren ain’t bad. Time to get myself ready for the after-party back at the Roosevelt’s Blossom Room ( home of the very first Academy Award ceremony ). It’s the bittersweet time now. The running and the waiting and the standing and the bonding and the no-eating is coming to a close at this point. The reality of it really pretty much stinks. It’s the last hurrah to say goodbye to old and new friends. It’s sad because it was just yesterday TCM was announcing its dates for the 2015 festival. I saw only see seven films, ( yikes! ) but I did meet a few more people this go ’round too, and that’s worth it. And though I was unhappy with the schedule at first, ( I want more studio-era films getting a bigger build-up ) reading and hearing others’ accounts of the festival makes me realize TCM was cutting a wide swath into film history and what watching movies is all about and its components. Studio-era films, more current ones, spotlighting the talent behind the scenes, showing great performances, featuring films from a time before the code and getting 100-watt stars to introduce these films is no mean feat.
I’ll be curious see what TCM pulls out of its hat next year. ( No, I will not kvetch about “where are the movie stars?” I’ve seen enough to last my lifetime ). Hopefully no more surgeries or viral bugs will fell any of our hearty tribe. Everyone who can go, ought to go. It’s really a one-of-a-kind experience.
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