There's some bad news and some good news for those planning to attend Capitolfest in Rome, N.Y., on Aug. 9 to 11 (where this year's featured star is none other than Carole Lombard!). The bad news first: The festival was planning to run her 1928 silent "Power" (a still of which is seen above) at 7:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, but just received word that the print is unavailable.
Now the good news: Capitolfest plans to substitute another Lombard film in that timeslot...and it's up to the public to select one of two candidates.
For silent fans, there's another Pathe product from '28, "Show Folks":
This ran at Capitolfest a few years ago, and it would be accompanied by Dr. Philip Carli on the organ.
Prefer the talking Lombard? You can vote for the 1930 "Fast And Loose," the only movie she ever made at Paramount's Astoria studios in Queens, N.Y.:
Both films are available in 35mm prints. (In addition, the winner follows Lombard's 1928 Mack Sennett short, "The Campus Vamp.")
To vote, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capitolfest-CNYs-35mm-Silent-and-Early-Talkie-Film-Festival/124103114276989?hc_location=stream -- but hurry...the deadline is 4 p.m. (Eastern) tomorrow.
Want to learn more about the festival, which consists of three days' worth of silents and early talkies? Visit http://www.romecapitol.com/capitolfest.html.