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.

One response

  1. I’ve only seen “Show Girl in Hollywood.” Not a great film, but well worth watching, nevertheless — if only to see (and hear) Blanche Sweet sing “There’s a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood.”

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