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Sounds for silent films

Talkies with tunes

Music emanating from soundtracks will be heard on several of the talkies being screened at Cinefest 28, including Al Jolson crooning in "The Singing Fool" (1928), and Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors jazzin' things up in a rare short, also from '28.

"The Singing Fool" flickers across the Cinefest screen at the Holiday Inn at 4:25 p.m. Thursday March 13.

The Arnheim orchestra short is part of a special 35mm show screening at 8:30 a.m. Saturday May 15, at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St., in Eastwood. That morning's full-length films include Queen High (1930) with Ginger Rogers.

More than three dozen full-length features and short subjects from the 1900s to the early-1940s will be seen over the four days.

Festival features

Some of the festival's film highlights include "Stella Dallas" (1928) with Ronald Colman and Belle Bennett, "The Jungle Princess" (1936) with Dorothy Lamour and Ray Milland, "One Romantic Night" (1930) with Lillian Gish, "Wayward" (1932) with Nancy Carroll and Richard Arlen and "You're a Sweetheart" (1937) with Alice Faye and George Murphy.

Cinefest will also include a Saturday afternoon appearance by film historian Ed Hulse, author of "Filming The West of Zane Grey" which covers all 111 feature films and two serials adapted from Grey's fictional Westerns.

Sunday morning will feature Cinefest's annual memorabilia auction hosted by noted film critic Leonard Maltin, a familiar face from TV's "Entertainment Tonight."

Cinefest info

An annual celebration of archival motion pictures presented by the Syracuse Cinephile Society, Cinefest was established in 1980 by the late Phil Serling. The fest attracts classic film buffs from around the world. Registration costs $70 for four days, or $25 per day. Admission costs $25 for the Palace program on March 15.

Two movie memorabilia rooms will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15. Photographs, posters, videos and other items will be on sale. Admission to the dealers' rooms on Saturday is $5.

For information, visit picking.com/cinefest2008.html.

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