Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CAPITOLFEST! Rome, NY, August 8-10

Yes, readers, Capitolfest is right around the corner, next week! I have been going to this great film festival in Rome, NY for the past 8 seasons and every year I say, "next years show can't be as good as this one?" and time and time again the staff at the Capitol Theatre keeps proving me wrong.

An absolutely delicious line-up of incredibly rare films (some not seen since they were first released!), all from 35mm prints, in a vintage 1928 movie palace. What more could the lover of classic film want in a festival?? This years featured player is William Powell and there's a bunch of scarce films for fans of his work to sink their teeth into.

There is STILL time to register for the fest and book a hotel room, all the details on accommodations and ticket prices can be found at the Capitolfest website and I have to also say, go and "LIKE" the Capitolfest & Rome Capitol Theatre Facebook page for updates and events at this terrific theater as they have movies, plays, concerts, stage shows, etc throughout the year. See you there!Here is the complete schedule for Capitolfest 12:

All films are in 35mm; silents accompanied on the Capitol’s 1928 original installation Möller theater organ. 
Friday, August 8
Session #1 Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli
11:30 am Partners of the Sunset (Bert Lubin, 1922) Allene Ray, Robert Frazer, Mildred Bright; D: Robin H. Townley SILENT
12:55  Derelict (Paramount, 1930) George Bancroft, Jessie Royce Landis, William “Stage” Boyd; D: Rowland V. Lee 
2:30 Hearst-Metrotone News, vol. 4, no. 303 (MGM, 9/20/33) 
2:45 Musical Journeys no. 1, “Exploring the Pacific” (WB, 1933) D: E.M. Newman
3:00 Sing with the Street Singer (Master Art, 1933) Arthur Tracy (“the Street Singer”) w/ Don Wallace, organ
3:15 Horse Play(Universal, 1933) Slim Summerville, Andy Devine, Leila Hyams; D: Edward Sedgwick

Session #2 Silent movie accompaniment by Bernie Anderson
6:30 pm Marvels of Motion (Fleischer, 1926) Fleischer-Novagraph Process  of slow motion and trick photography. SILENT
6:40 The Bright Shawl (Paramount, 1923) R. Barthelmess, D. Gish, J. Goudal, W. Powell, M. Astor; D: J. S. Robertson SILENT

8:10 Ladies’ Man (Paramount, 1931) William Powell, Kay Francis, Carole Lombard, Gilbert Emery; D: Lothar Mendes 
9:35 Roman Scandals (Goldwyn, 1933) Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, David Manners, E. Arnold; D: Frank Tuttle 

Saturday, August 9 
Session #3  
9:30 am The Czar of Broadway (Universal, 1930) John Wray, Betty Compson, John  Harron, Claude Allister; D: W.J. Craft 
11:20 Fashion News (Fashion Feature Studios, 1929) 
11:30 High Treason (Gaumont-British, 1929) Jameson Thomas, Benita Hume, Basil Gill; D: Maurice Elvey TALKIE VERSION

Session #4 Silent film accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli
2:15 pm Screen Snapshots (Columbia, c.1927) M. Astor, P. Haver, R. LaRocque, F. Pangborn, et. al.  SILENT
2:25 Ince Studio Tour (Ince, circa 1920) W. Ruggles, L. Hughes, L. Glaum, H. Bosworth, F. Vidor, et. al. SILENT
2:50 Morals (Paramount, 1921) May McAvoy, William P. Carleton, Marian Skinner; D: Wm. Desmond Taylor SILENT
4:25 Meet Mr. Mischief (Columbia, 1947) Harry Von Zell, Christine McIntyre, Ralph Harolde, Emil Sitka; D: Edward  Bernds
4:50 Steady Company (Universal, 1932) Norman Foster, June Clyde, ZaSu Pitts, Henry Armetta; D: Edward Ludwig

Session #5 Silent film accompaniment by Avery Tunningley
8:00 pm Round About Chicago (Miner, 1929) A film tour of Chicago SILENT 
8:30 Forgotten Faces (Paramount, 1928) Clive Brook, Mary Brian, Olga Baclanova, William Powell; D: V. Schertzinger  SILENT

10:10 Teapot Town (International Tea Growers Association, c.1938) animated theater commercial  D: Ted Eshbaugh(?)
10:20 Laughter in Hell (Universal, 1933) Pat O’Brien, Merna Kennedy, Gloria Stuart, Berton Churchill, Tom Brown; D: E.L. Cahn 

Sunday, August 10

Session #6
9:30 am Horace Heidt and His Californians (WB/Vitaphone, 1929)
9:40 Cradle Song(Paramount, 1933) Dorothea Wieck, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Louise Dresser; D: Mitchell Leisen 
11:20 My Weakness (Fox, 1933) Lilian Harvey, Lew Ayres, Charles Butterworth, Harry Langdon; D: David Butler

Session #7  Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli
1:45 pm Pointed Heels (Paramount, 1929) William Powell, Fay Wray, H. Kane, S. Gallagher; D: A. E. Sutherland  color scenes 2:50 Shadow of the Law (Paramount, 1930) Wiliam Powell, Leila Hyams, Una O’Connor; D: Edward Sedgwick
4:15 pm Jack Theakston’s Short Subject Follies  A cavalcade of shorts, trailers, & snipes
5:00 Sharp Shooters (Fox, 1926) George O’Brien, Lois Moran, Noah Young, Tom Dugan; D: John G. Blystone SILENT


Very pleased to announce that we've added the two-color Technicolor Vitaphone short, THE SULTAN'S JESTER (1930) to the Capitolfest lineup. It was recently restored by the George Eastman House, and will be shown on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11:30 am. According to James Layton of GEH, "of the twenty-three color Vitaphone shorts made between 1929 and 1930, this film is the only one to survive complete." Thanks to James and our other friends at GEH for making this possible! 

 a frame grab from THE SULTAN'S JESTER!