Classic Fest on HBO Max

Even if you don’t get the TCM cable channel, you can stream much of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival if you subscribe to HBO Max.

The festival – which HBO Max subscribers can find on the “Classics Curated by TCM” hub – starts at 8 pm ET tomorrow, May 6, with a 60th anniversary screening of the original West Side Story that will include new conversations with stars Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn.

Available through Sunday, May 9, the festival on HBO Max will also include:

  • Tributes to Danny Glover, Ali McGraw and Martin Short, including conversations and screenings of such films as The Color Purple (1985), Love Story (1970) and Innerspace (1987).
  • “The Masters,” with five directors each introducing and sharing recollections of a specific film: Barbara Koppel’s Harlan County USA (1976), Barry Levinson’s Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Steve McQueen’s Hunger (2008), Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2006) and Rob Reiner’s Misery (1990).
All the President's Men, TCM Classic Film Festival
(Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in ‘All the President’s Men.’ Source:
  • “Essentials”: 11 “timeless classics,” accompanied by such goodies as Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein on All the President’s Men (1976), Jacqueline Bissett on Bullitt (1968), Danny Huston on his father John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941), Michael Douglas on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Bruce Springsteen on The Searchers (1956).
Once, TCM Classic Film Festival
(Hansard and Irglova in ‘Once.’ Source:
  • “Discoveries”: 11 lesser-known films, such as Antwone Fisher (2002), discussed by its writer Antwone Fisher; The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), discussed by its director Penelope Spheeris; Dogfight (1991), discussed by its director Nancy Savoca; and Once (2007), discussed by its stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
It's Only Fair Weather, TCM Classic Film Festival
(Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly in It’s Only Fair Weather.’ Source:
  • “Special Collections,” such as “Immigrants in America,” with America, America(1963), The Black Legion (1937) and Stranger Than Paradise (1984); “MGM Musicals & Outtakes,” focusing on It’s Always Fair Weather (1955), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949); and“The Méliès Mystery,” with recently restored versions of A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Impossible Voyage (1904), Four Troublesome Heads, (1898), The Infernal Cauldron (1903) and The Old Hag, plus the U.S. premiere of a new documentary, The Mystery of Méliès.

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If you get the TCM channel, you can find its festival schedule here:

A highlight will occur Friday, May 7, at 8 pm with a table read of Ed Woods’ Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), often cited as one of the worst movies ever made, and the subject Of Tim Burton’s 1994 film, Ed Wood. Table readers will include Maria Bamford, Bobcat Goldthwait, Oscar Nuñez, Laraine Newman and Bob Odenkirk. It will be followed at 9:30 pm with a screening of the original movie.

Plan 9 from Outer Space, TCM Classic Film Festival
(Tor Johnson in ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space.’ Source: Wikimedia Commons)

(Top photo: ‘West Side Story.’ Source:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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