If you liked the trivia in the slides between movies or you missed them, this page has trivia questions and answers about movies on the 2015 program.
The Vintage Film Festival
Twenty four years ago (1992), a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form in which we show a variety of films generally made before about 55-60 years ago. We will often, although not always, include a film starring Marie Dressler.
For more on Marie Dressler and the Marie Dressler Foundation, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site here.
The weekend is best enjoyed as an event and not just a collection of great movies. We start with a Gala reception followed by two films. For pass holders only, we have a bonus movie on Friday before the reception. Then on Saturday we show a collection of six movies that range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals. On Sunday we show four movies. Over the weekend we select 4 movies with a theme. For example, in 2016 they will be movies starring Bette Davis. Over the weekend, we show 2 silent movies accompanied by a live pianist.
Bursaries by Marie Dressler Foundation
For information on Bursaries for Students in Northumberland High Schools, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site.
Venue and Date for 2016
Note the dates for the 2016 Vintage Film Festival: October 14, 15 & 16. Also note that all screenings and events this year are to be at Port Hope's 'atmospheric' Capitol Theatre. [Map here]. Why not make a note on your calendar? Program details are here and Tickets are now available here.
The 2016 Festival will be held
October 14, 15, 16, 2016
The theme for the 2016 Vintage Film Festival is Bette Davis so it's fitting that the poster for this year will feature Bette Davis. We are pleased to announce that the original painting for this poster was done by Cobourg based artist Betsy Miller (web site) - image at right.
Betsy's work has been acclaimed internationally and the Marie Dressler Foundation is pleased and grateful to have her contribute. The original painting will be available in the silent auction on Saturday and posters will be sold at the festival.
In addition, a T-Shirt featuring Bette Davis will be available at the Festival. Poster and T-Shirt will be priced at $20 each or $30 for both. Online purchasing will be available for both Posters and T-Shirt after the Festival.
The Marie Dressler museum at Dressler house has now been completely renovated and is now totally different. The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive. The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen. Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had. Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives.
The Board of Directors of Marie Dressler Foundation is excited to announce the opening of Canada's newest heritage museum.
The new Marie Dressler Museum highlights the achievements of the Cobourg-born star of stage and screen, winner of the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress at age 63, top grossing actor in Hollywood in both 1932 and 1933 and the best loved comedienne of her time.
The Town of Cobourg has proclaimed September 24th to be "Marie Dressler Celebration Day". The official opening of the museum will be a public event held at 1:00 p.m. at Marie Dressler House, 212 King Street West, Cobourg.