2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, Disney's El Capitan Theatre
With all the golden age stars at the festival it was a surprise to have young Anna Kendrick introduce The Women (1939). Kendrick, whose grandmother probably wasn’t born yet in 1939 nonetheless proved a good choice. It’s a mystery why we connect with a particular movie. TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz tried to find out the reasons behind her fascination. “There aren’t enough young people let alone young Hollywood stars who appreciate classic Hollywood but you love this movie!”
At twelve, fellow cast members introduced her to the movie when she was doing a show on Broadway. By fourteen, she was trying to entice her friends to watch The Women with limited success. It’s proved one of the classic films that have most influenced her. “I steal little tics and little gestures.” I’d never seen it myself and was just as glad to have waited for the rare opportunity to see a beautiful print on the El Capitan’s gigantic screen.