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Did you know that the Marie Dressler Foundation offers Bursaries to students in Northumberland. Full details at the Marie Dressler Foundation site here.
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I saw a film today, oh boy …
I just had to look
Having read the book
"A Day in the Life" (Lennon-McCartney)
Motion picture studios have always known that a sure-fire way to fill a movie theatre is to make a film out of a popular book. A bestseller is almost guaranteed to be a box office winner. But even a lesser known novel or short story may contain the ingredients for great cinema in the hands of imaginative screenwriters, talented actors, and a skilled director.
The 2023 Vintage Film Festival, next October at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario, will celebrate this "page-to-screen" journey with a program of 13 classic movies – some adapted from works by famous authors, others from books by writers you may never have heard of – but altogether providing a weekend of fascinating and enjoyable cinema!
We'll be sharing beloved favourites The Wizard of Oz and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, box office hits From Russia with Love and Rosemary's Baby, and the renowned silent films Broken Blossoms and The Phantom of the Opera. There'll be movies based on the works of some of the most illustrious writers in the English language: Joseph Conrad (Sabotage), Charles Dickens (Great Expectations) and Ernest Hemingway (The Killers). And, although the names of William H. Armstrong and E.W. Hornung may be unknown to you, you'll be delighted by the films drawn from their works: Sounder and Raffles.
The program features the films of directors like D.W. Griffith and Howard Hawks, David Lean and Luis Buñuel, Polanski and Hitchcock. The stars include Burt Lancaster (in his film début), Alec Guinness (another début), Ava Gardner (in her breakout role), Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Lillian Gish, David Niven and Olivia de Havilland. As always, there'll be something for everyone – musicals, drama, suspense, comedy, film noir, horror, family fare and action movies – in cinema spanning seven decades, from 1919 through 1972.
Check out the full program (with trailers, reviews and details for every title) right here.
And VFF 2023 will offer much more than "just" 13 fab films. There'll be live piano accompaniment for both silent movies, our Sunday lunchtime film talk (speaker TBA), the silent auction, movie banners and VFF merchandise, free admission for 25-and-unders, and free popcorn all weekend! Plus, next year will be our 30th Anniversary Festival – there may be surprises!
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The lucky patrons who attended the October 2022 Vintage Film Festival at the Capitol Theatre know what a fabulous, fun time it was! The weekend featured, not just 13 classic movies featuring great actors in their breakout roles, but a super Sunday lunchtime talk by Heather Babcock about the women of pre-Code gangster films, live piano accompaniment by Jordan Klapman for our two silent movies, a special introduction by Carole Lombard scholar Dr. Olympia Kiriakou to Twentieth Century, an amazing silent auction, great new banners and merchandise, free admission for 25-and-unders, and free popcorn all weekend! A couple of our attendees sported vintage fashion for their vintage film watching; and Dr. Frankenstein and his creation even turned out to enjoy their biopic, Frankenstein!
In addition to local film fans from Northumberland County, we welcomed many guests from Peterborough County, Durham Region and the GTA, and from as far afield as Kingston, Ottawa and London, Ontario, and even Nova Scotia!
The Marie Dressler Foundation’s warmest thanks go out to:
- the members of the Vintage Film Festival committee, who spent months planning the Festival, and a solid weekend working onsite at the Capitol
- the amazingly collaborative Capitol Theatre staff and volunteers
- the Foundation’s board members, who provided yearlong support, and helped out onsite
- and the many generous sponsors, donors, advertisers, promotional and creative partners, and Friends of the Festival – and, of course, our patrons! – without whom the proceeds of VFF 2022 would not be able to support the Foundation’s educational activities, including the bursaries for graduating high school students to help them achieve their post-secondary goals.
Next year's Vintage Film Festival explores the journey "from the page to the screen". We'll be sharing thirteen films adapted from novels and short stories, including The Wizard of Oz, From Russia with Love, The Phantom of the Opera, Rosemary's Baby and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – another terrific program!
Mark your calendars now for the 2023 Vintage Film Festival – Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd – at the Capitol Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Port Hope!
Join us to celebrate Marie's birthday! Wednesday, November 9th is "Marie Dressler Celebration Day" in Cobourg, Marie's birthplace. www.cdnwomeninfilm.ca.Marie was often referred to as an unconventional star. Her career in Broadway theatre, silent films and talkies spanned fifty years. She was awarded the Best Actress Oscar at the 1931 Academy Awards. You can learn more about Marie's career and life at the Canadian Women in Film Museum, located in Marie Dressler House in Cobourg. Book your visit at
We invite you to join us in celebrating Marie's birthday on November 9th with a Marie Dressler movie, refreshments, and a draw for something special. No reservations are required, and there is no charge. (Seating is on a "first come" basis.) We'd love to see you at the Citizen's Forum on the 2nd floor of Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg at 2:00 p.m. to help us celebrate our hometown movie star.
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