Cinefest 2008

Cinefest, the annual festival of silent and early sound films with a speciality in showing titles from private collectors, now in its twenty-eighth year, is to be held, as always, at Syracuse, NY, over 13-16 March.

The titles to be shown are still described as ‘tentative’, but they include so far:

Shooting Stars (1927) Dir. Anthony Asquith with Brian Aherne
You’re a Sweetheart (1937) with Alice Faye, George Murphy
Bought (1931) with Constance Bennett, Ben Lyon, Richard Bennett
The New Klondike (1926) Dir. Lewis Milestone with Thomas Meighan
Vanity (1927) Dir. Donald Crisp with Leatrice Joy, Charles Ray, Alan Hale
One Romantic Night (1930) with Lilian Gish, Marie Dressler
Too Many Blondes (1941) with Rudy Vallee, Lon Chaney Jr., Shemp Howard
The Lucky Lady (1926) Dir. Raoul Walsh with Gretta Nissen, Lionel Barrymore
Smouldering Fires (1925) Dir. Clarence Brown with Pauline Frederick, Laura La Plante
Wayward (1932) with Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen, Pauline Frederick, John Litel
The Bohemian Girl (1922) with Gladys Cooper, Ivor Novello, C. Aubery Smith
Showgirl in Hollywood (1930) Dir. Marvyn LeRoy with Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet. Guest Stars Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Loretta Young, Noah Berry Sr. & Jr.

There will also be 35mm presentations at the Palace Theatre:

Queen High (1930) with Ginger Rogers, Frank Morgan, Charlie Ruggles
The Lady (1925) Dir. Frank Borzage with Norma Talmadge, Brandon Hurst
Plus silent rarities from George Eastman House

Musical accompaniment will be served up by by Jon Mirsalis, Philip Carli, and Gabriel Thibadeau, and an auction will be held on the Sunday morning, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin, Lafe McKee Jr. and Gerry Orlando. Other expected attendees are, from the Library of Congress: Mike Mashon, James Cozart; from George Eastman House: Pat Loughney, Caroline Yeager, Ed Stratmann; film score ‘restorationist’ Ray Faiola; and film historian and author Scott MacGillivray.

Details of bookings, hotel reservations, times of screenings etc. are all on the festival web page. It’s well worth checking the menu on the top left of the page which leads you to details of all Cinefests going back to 1998, revealing some of the extraordinary rarities that the festival has unearthed over the years.

Blackpool and the North West on film

Notice of a couple of shows of rare actuality film of Blackpool and the North West of England taking place this weekend in Blackpool. Organised by the British Film Institute, the North West Film Archive and the National Fairground Archive as part of the latter’s ‘Admission all Classes’ project, the programme is as follows:

Saturday 12th January

Pavilion Theatre, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

11.30am – BFI presentation of historic Blackpool

Blackpool High Tide (1913)
The Open Road (c.1925) Blackpool extract
Blackpool: A Nation’s Playground (c.1935)
Mining Review 2nd Year No 12 (1949)
Holiday (1957)

Grand Edwardian Magic Lantern Show

Professor Heard and company take us on a musical, magical excursion from the age of Victorian magic lantern show to the birth of the cinema picture palace.

2.30pm – North West Film Archive presentation of historic Blackpool

Blackpool Seafront (1899)
Royal visit to Lancashire (1913)
Prince of Wales visit to Blackpool (1927)
Blackpool Kaleidoscope (1963)

Grand Edwardian Magic Lantern Show

7.00pm – Electric Edwardians: the Films of Mitchell & Kenyon
With piano accompaniment
commentary by Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Sunday 13th January

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

1.30pm – Mitchell & Kenyon: North Lancashire and Cumbria
Employees Leaving Williamson’s Factory, Lancaster (1901)
The Return of the Lancaster Volunteers (1901)
His Worship the Mayor Leaving Lancaster Town Hall (1902)
Opening of the Blea Tarn Reservoir (1902)
Panoramic View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901)
Parade on West End Pier Morecambe (1901)
Parade on Morecambe Central Pier (1902)
Douglas Harbour Paddle Steamer (1902)
The King’s Ride in the Isle of Man (1902)
Employees Leaving Furness Railway Works, Barrow (1901)
Employees Leaving Messrs Vickers and Maxim’s in Barrow (1901)
Royal Visit to Barrow & Launch of H.M.S. Dominion (1903)
Workers at Carr’s Biscuit Works, Carlisle (1901)
Scenes of Carlisle (1901)

7.30pm – Mitchell & Kenyon: Central Lancashire
Workforce at Horrocks Miller & Co, Preston (c. 1901)
Preston North End v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1904)
Preston North End v Aston Villa (1905)
Turn out of the Preston Fire Brigade (c. 1901)
Return of the East Lancashire Regiment (1902)
Preston Street Scenes (1904)
Whitsuntide Fair at Preston (1906)
Leyland May Festival (1905)
Les Montagnes Russes, Blackpool’s Latest Attraction (1902)
Blackpool North Pier (1903)
Steamboats at Blackpool North Pier (1903)
Blackpool Victoria Pier (1904)
Blackpool Promenade Extension (1905)
Lytham Club Day Carnival (1902)
Lytham Trams and Views along the Route (1903)
Panaromic view of Southport Promenade (c. 1902)
Southport Carnival and Trades Procession (1902)
The ‘hands’ leaving work at North-street Mills, Chorley (1900)
Chorley Coronation Processions (1911)

For booking on Saturday, visit the Blackpool Live site. For booking on Sunday, visit the Blackpool Grand site.

And while we’re considering things Lancastrian, do take note of the North West Film Archive‘s excellent new DVD release, Liverpool on Film 1897-1967, which includes Lumière films of Liverpool taken in 1897, as well as other silent actuality material, handsomely presented. What better way to celebrate Liverpool as the 2008 City of Culture?