Sunday, August 19, 2007

Cinecon 43

Classic film lovers will gather in Hollywood Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 3) for the annual Cinecon festival. The full schedule has just been announced, and it is chock full of rarely screened silents, pre-code features, and the ever popular selected shorts.

I am actually going to make the trip this year, and I am look forward to seeing these highlights:

The Gilded Lily - Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert's first screen pairing from 1935. This was Colbert's first comedy following her smash "It Happened One Night" for Columbia.

Hollywood Speaks - Dark Pre-Code drama about the sordid side of show business.

Interference - William Powell stars in Paramount's first all-talking picture.

Her Wild Oat - Restored version of this long thought lost Colleen Moore silent comedy from 1928.

Guests at the festival include John Saxon, Piper Laurie, and character actor Dick Miller.

Though I am excited about seeing these films at the famed Egyptian Theater, I also hope to do some sightseeing in LA. Going to try to schedule a Paramount Studio Tour for Friday, if possible.