Triplets in Osborne’s Classic Film Fest

Sylvian Chomet’s animated masterpiece, Triplets of Belleville, has been selected to screen at this year’s Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival, to be held Jan. 27-30 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The mostly hand-drawn pic will be in good company with the likes of such time-honored films as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hud, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Marlene and Cinema Paradiso.

For the three-day festival, the 2,000-seat Classic Center theatre will be transformed into a world-class movie palace with the installation of a 54-foot silver screen and state-of-the-art 35mm projection and sound systems. Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, says he also plans to include original trailers and cartoons to give festival attendees a complete retro movie experience.

Special guests of the festival will include actresses Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Patricia Neal (Hud) and Jane Powell (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), and actor/director Maximilian Schell, who helmed Marlene, a documentary about legendary film icon Marlene Dietrich.

Guests will appear on stage after the screenings of their films for candid discussions with Osborne and members of the audience. Those guests present on Friday morning will also participate in a panel discussion titled "They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To." The discussion will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Classic Center and is free and open to all. Those guests present after the screening of Casablanca on Sunday afternoon will attend the closing reception in the Classic Center. Tickets for the reception are available at the Classic Center box office.

All films, with the exception of the Saturday matinee showing of The Adventures of Robin Hood, will require a ticket for admission. Festival tickets can be purchased separately or as a package at the Classic Center box office, online at www.classiccenter.com or by calling 1-800-918-6393. Ticket prices are $10 per individual film or $60 for a pass to all films and panel discussions. Students can either purchase individual film tickets for $8 or a pass to all films and panel discussions for $45 with valid student ID.

Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival is an annual nonprofit event of UGA’s Grady College. For more information, visit www.grady.uga.edu/osbornefest.