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Restored print of “Funny Girl” to open TCM Fest

I’m about to embark on a week-plus of AFI Fest screenings in Hollywood but it’s never too soon to start thinking about one of my absolute favorite events in the calendar: The TCM Classic Film Festival.

It doesn’t take place until April but the opening night film was announced today: Funny Girl!

It will be the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the musical classic from 1968 that was Barbra Streisand’s film debut and won her the Oscar. TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Funny Girl to kick off the four-day, star-studded event taking place Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Hollywood.

In addition to Funny Girl, the TCM Classic Film Festival will feature world premiere restorations of The General (1926), Giant (1956) and The Great Escape (1962), with many additional titles to be announced later.

So why announce Funny Girl now?

Because passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale to the public Thursday, Nov. 15, at noon (ET). Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.

This festival has some of the most loyal attendees of any I have ever been a part of – true movie lovers who travel from around the country to take part.

It is a very rich experience, always.

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