TCM festival in honor of Russ Tamblyn, Patrizia von Brandenstein

The 14th annual festival takes place in Los Angeles from April 13th to 16th.

Actor Russ Tamblyn and production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein will be the official awardees of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, Turner Classic Movies announced Tuesday.

In its 14th year, the TCM Festival features dozens of classic films from Hollywood’s early years and honors those whose work in Hollywood made a lasting impact on cinema. This year’s theme, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, focuses on celebrating cinematic legacies and stories told and retold across generations. This year’s festival will screen von Brandenstein’s films Six Degrees of Separation and Amadeus, as well as Tamblyn’s films Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Peyton Place. The pair will present screenings of their films and sit down with TCM hosts for policy discussions about their lives and work.

Tamblyn, best known today for his role as Riff in the original film West Side Story, began his career as a child actor and had a supporting role in 1948’s The Boy with the Green Hair at the age of 14. Father of the Bride, Samson and Delilah, Little Dividend, The Kid From Cleveland, and Retreat, Hell!, while adult roles included Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Tom Thumb, Don ‘t Go Near the Water, The Haunting and Peyton Place, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. On TV he played Dr. Jacoby in Twin Peaks and the series revival The Return, and Gott in his daughter Amber Tamblyn’s series Joan of Arcadia. His late career work included the films Drive and Django Unchained, and a supporting role in the 2018 Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House.

Patrizia von Brandenstein won the 1984 Academy Award for Best Production Design for her work on Miloš Forman’s Amadeus. She also received nominations in the category (then called Best Art Direction) for her work on Ragtime and The Untouchables. She began her career in 1972 as a set designer for the film The Candidate and has worked as a set designer on such films as Between the Lines and Saturday Night Fever. Films she has served as production designer on include Silkwood, Working Girl and Postcards From the Edge (all by Mike Nichols), Beat Street, Six Degrees of Separation, The Quick and the Dead”, “, “A Chorus Line”, “Billy Bathgate”, “Leap of Faith”, “The People Vs. Larry Flynt”, “A Simple Plan”, “Man on the Moon”, “Shaft” and ” All the King’s Men”. Her last production was Season 1 of the HBO Max series Julia.

“We spend so much time talking about actors and directors, but filmmaking is a community art. Patrizia has long been at the top of her game and we’re honored to be able to shine the spotlight on her and her craft. Her films have the distinctive touch of her artistry and impeccable taste,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Host and Official Host of the TCM Festival, in a statement. “Apart from being one of the really good guys in the business, it was no coincidence that Russ starred in three of the most seminal films of the 1950s and early ’60s. It’s impossible to imagine the musicals Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and West Side Story without him, and in between he made this delicious drama Peyton Place.”

The TCM Classic Film Festival will be held in Los Angeles from April 13th to 16th. Screenings and events will be held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre, TCL Chinese 6 Theaters and the Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43 Honoring Brandenstein and Tamblyn, the TCM Festival will also pay tribute to the films of Warner Bros. Pictures in honor of the studio’s 100th anniversary. Tickets for the festival can be purchased here.

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