Newly Restored Oklahoma! to open TCM Classic
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Written by: TCM Classic Film Festival, Feb. 13, 2014
and white 70mm frame from the set of "Oklahoma!", July 27, 1954. Director Fred Zinnemann
(back to Todd-AO camera) is seen talking to Gloria Grahame. Click to see
enlargement. Image from Walter Siegmund's collection
2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored
Oklahoma! (1955), with Live Appearance by Star Shirley Jones.
Fifth Annual Festival Set for April 10 - 13 in Hollywood, Coinciding with
TCM's 20th Anniversary Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014
edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand
new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!
(1955). TCM's own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the
festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film's star, Academy
Award ® - winner Shirley Jones, in attendance.
Oklahoma! (1955) 4K restoration presented in collaboration with
Twentieth Century Fox Few actresses get to make their big - screen debuts in
a film as eagerly awaited as Oklahoma!, but that's just what happened
to Shirley Jones when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein chose her over
Joanne Woodward to star in the film version of their first big hit. The
songwriters held up making the film until they could get just the right
picture. With the arrival of
Mike Todd's patented wide-screen process, they finally knew they could
reveal the majesty of the frontier in all its glory, including corn as high
as an elephant's eye (16 feet tall, to be exact).
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says things were not better in the old days? Here's "Oklahoma!"s Danish
premiere in full blown 70MM Todd-AO in 1963 at the 3 Falke Bio in
Copenhagen. Image from August A Andersen's collection 1982.
But despite the production's mammoth size, the focus remained simple,
detailing the romance of farm girl Jones and cowboy Gordon MacRae. Agnes de
Mille re-created much of her stage choreography, which had introduced modern
dance to the stage musical, while director Fred Zinnemann brought a
surprisingly realistic approach to the production.
This unique 4k presentation, painstakingly restored from 65mm Todd-AO
elements by Twentieth Century Fox and Fotokem, will be screened at 30 frames
per second — the same frame rate as when the film was originally released in
1955. The original 6 - track soundtrack has been also restored and re -
mastered at Twentieth Century Fox, in collaboration with End Point Audio and
Chase Audio by Deluxe.
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