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Cinema Junkie Podcast 191: TCMFF Home Edition Plus Screwball Comedies

If you are looking to escape the confines of quarantine you will find the perfect cohorts in Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard, and John Barrymore in the screwball comedy "True Confession."
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If you are looking to escape the confines of quarantine you will find the perfect cohorts in Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard, and John Barrymore in the screwball comedy "True Confession."

Some escapist fare while in quarantine

Cinema Junkie offers up some quarantine viewing options that provide escapism. First up, TCM Classic Film Festival had to cancel its Hollywood event but has moved it to its TCM cable channel for a Home Edition that anyone can enjoy while sheltering at home. Charles Tabesh, senior vice president in charge of programming at Turner Classic Movies, previews the festival. The Nora Fiore, author of the Nitrate Diva blog, highlights the best screwball comedies to take your mind off the coronavirus pandemic. She suggests some well-known classics as well as under-appreciated gems. Plus enjoy a rendition of "The Good Ship Lollipop" that will delight and surprise you.

Many of us have been sheltering at home or self-isolating for almost a month now and while gamers might be thriving under these conditions filmgoers often long to watch movies with a bunch of strangers in the dark at a cinema. For us escaping the realities of life usually involves going OUT to a movie and enjoying the comfort of having other people laughing or crying with us as we watch stories unfold on the big screen.

One of the best escapes is the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood where classic film lovers can congregate with other like-minded souls. But with the coronavirus banning gatherings of any kind the festival has had to move its events to its cable channel. While this is sad news for those of us who look forward to an annual pilgrimage to mecca, it is good news for all those who have never been able to attend the festival.

From April 16 to 19, TCM will host an online film festival complete with introductions, some culled from past TCM Classic Film Festivals, as well as celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes tidbits.

Charles Tabesh is senior vice president in charge of programming at Turner Classic Movies and a programmer for the festival. He previews the Home Edition of the film festival, and then in the second half of the podcast Nora Fiore, author of the Nitrate Diva blog, provides a list of the best screwball comedies to watch while in quarantine. She highlights some well-known classics ("It Happened One Night," "My Man Godfrey") as well as some under-appreciated gems ("The Stand-In," "True Confession").