Rome, N.Y., that is, site of the annual Capitolfest, which bills itself as "Central New York's 35mm silent and early talkie film festival." Capitolfest 11 is set for Aug. 9 to 11, 2013, and the featured star is none other than Carole Lombard, as we learned a few months ago (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/5
It's still early in the scheduling process, but we already know of two Lombard films that will be shown at Capitolfest. One is "It Pays To Advertise," shown above; the other, to be seen in a restored print from Disney's labs some years back, is "Nothing Sacred" -- something relatively few of us have seen on a big screen in its full Technicolor glory:
Carole's Capitolfest films will focus "on the period before she became a major star, showcasing her in a few Mack Sennett comedies, some Paramount features." So expect to see some movies that are all but impossible to find via an authorized DVD release.
More titles, for Lombard and the rest of the program, will be announced in coming weeks. You can follow it by going to the festival's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capitolf
There's a lot to like about Capitolfest, as event officials aim to live up to its slogan -- "a vacation, not a marathon." At Capitolfest, "we seek to make this fun film weekend as relaxing as possible, with ample intermissions and dinner breaks."
You may want to work a vacation around Capitolfest, as summertime in upstate New York is beautiful. You can go north to the Adirondacks, west to Syracuse and then the Finger Lakes, or south to the lovely village of Cooperstown, home of picturesque Otsego Lake and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:
But if all that isn't enough to persuade you to see Lombard with a Roman twist, here's the clincher: You can also meet the Capitol theater's mascot, Kallie the calico cat:
If she can't seal the deal, who can?
We're back to early Lombard portraits for our LiveJournal header, specifically p1202-5 from 1930.