At TCM festival, Hollywood loves Hawai‘i!

Hollywood loves movies, as evidenced by the crowds attending this month’s annual Turner Classic Movie Film Festival. Over four days, there were films that ranged from silent movies to “talkies” to modern classics such as “The Descendants,” filmed on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

There were world premieres at historical Hollywood movie theaters of newly restored prints of “Cabaret,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “How the West was Won” and “Rio Bravo.”

One of TCM’s day-time hosts, Ben Mankiewicz, discussed his love of “The Descendants,” which featured Kaua‘i residents and settings. I also discussed the film with renowned film critic Leonard Maltin, who loved the movie, too.

Next week’s column will feature highlights of those interviews.

The TCM Classic Film Festival is a place where movie lovers from around the world gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, with the people who made them often in the audience.

• Paul Booth of Lihu‘e is a Kaua‘i Community College graduate, film producer and consultant. He can be reached at pkb_1@hotmail.com.

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