Olivia de Havilland will be once again gracing the silver screen of the TCM Film Festival. The 1958 Western, The Proud Rebel, has been digitally remastered with a new debut at the this year's festival. The film will run on Friday, March 27 at 12:15pm in Chinese Multiplex 1. In attendance will be actor David Ladd who portrayed the young boy mute boy in the film. David is also the real-life son of Alan Ladd who was a co-lead with Olivia de Havilland.
TCM said the following in its press about the film: The film, presented in a world premiere restoration, combines the scenic splendor of Utah with a sensitive story of a widowed Confederate veteran (Alan Ladd), his mute son (Ladd’s son David) and the farm woman (Olivia de Havilland) who tries to help them. There’s plenty of Western action, as Ladd tries to save her from a land grab, but the real focus is on relationships, with the three creating a new family unit. Curtiz asked de Havilland, his Warner Bros. colleague, to take the distinctly unglamorous role even though she had not made a film in the U.S. in three years. She was happy to leave Hollywood trappings behind, and the friendships she forged with the two Ladds add poignancy to the film. So does the boy’s relationship with his dog, Lance, a border collie played by an award-winning sheepdog. Following in his father’s footsteps, independent producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. gave the film the kind of quality— with strong work from cinematographer Ted D. McCord and composer Jerome Moross—typically associated with "The Goldwyn Touch."
There will be a pre-film discussion beginning at 12:15.
Just after the screening of The Proud Rebel, Olivia fans may wish to rush over to club TCM for a special conversation and interview with Rory Flynn, daughter of Errol Flynn. Her talk, A Daughter Remembers Errol Flynn, begins on Friday, March 27 at 2:30pm.
He was known throughout the world as a dashing swashbuckler and beloved rogue, but Errol Flynn was much more than just a matinee idol. Drawing upon her book The Baron of Mulholland: A Daughter Remembers Errol Flynn, Rory Flynn will provide fascinating insight into her father’s complex and enigmatic life and career.
In November 2009, Rory Flynn posted the following on her blog, The Errol Flynn Blog: The Mystery & Mystique of Errol Flynn
I traveled to Paris in Sept., and had the great privilege of
meeting Ms. Olivia de Haviland, who welcomed me into her beautiful home with champagne and treats. I brought my dear friend Cooky, my brothers girlfriend, who is like my sister and who knows my family so well. We talked about my Dad. I told her stories and she told me stories. Mine were a little more personal for she was very curious as to the years I spent growing up with my Dad.
She did tell me that my father was still an enigma to her. That she had never been able to figure him out.Her presence was complete, her attention very directed, and her humor and high spirits was nothing less than an inspiration to me. How happy and welcoming she was to meet us. We had been corresponding for years and and I thought I may never get this chance, as time does fly by, and we are all so busy. She had just completed a video where she spoke about “Gone With the Wind” to commemorate the 50 years since it was made. She is very busy with her fan mail and other occasions that she is asked to attend.
I left with such a great feeling, to have been able to talk about my Dad with all the love I have for him and find it reciprocated by such a lovely woman who is full of compassion and devotion to his memory.
— Rory Flynn
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Olivia de Havilland has reached her centenary! July 1, 2016 marks her 100th birthday! Olivia stands as the oldest living recipient of an Academy Award and is a member of a class of only four other women currently living to receive at least two best actress Academy Awards! Her career, life, and legacy continue to inspire and engage generations of fans around the world!
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