Vintage film fans fill local hotels this weekend

Several of the scheduled flicks give viewers a chance to see big stars early in their careers. For instance, "Music in the Air" is a 1927 silent starring Gloria Swanson, "The Wolf Song" is a 1929 talkie featuring a young Gary Cooper, and "The Fall Guy" stars Oliver Hardy before he partnered full-time with Stan Laurel.

Scandalous 'Temple Drake'

On Saturday March 19, the film fanatics will bus over to Eastwood's Palace Theater for a showing of six 35mm films including 1933's "The Story of Temple Drake" starring Miraiam Hopkins and 1923's "Jazzmania." Despite its title, "Jazzmania" has almost nothing to do with jazz - after all, it's silent! - but it does feature Mae Murray sporting some of the most provocative attire worn by an actress in film up to that time.

If you had to pick only one of Cinefest 31's four-dozen films to see, you'd be wise to choose the scandalous "Temple Drake" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palace. The Pre-Code movie focuses on a flirtatious Southern belle whose outrageous behavior gets her in Dutch with a band of bootleggers. Based on William Faulkner's novel "Sanctuary," the film directed by Stephen Roberts features one of Miriam Hopkins' most memorable roles as it builds to a breathless climax.

Admission to the Palace program - which begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until late-afternoon - costs $25. Registration for all four days of Cinefest 31 costs $75, or $25 per day; syracusecinefest.com.

'18th Century Women in Song'

They'll celebrate International Women's History Month Sunday at the library. New York City musician Linda Russell presents "A History of 18th Century Women in Song" at 2 p.m. March 20, at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., and admission is free.

From boisterous ballads to sentimental melodies, Russell recreates tuneful treasures while performing on guitar, mountain and hammered dulcimers and penny whistle. She spices her shows with anecdotes about pioneers, patriots and figures from America's past.

Russell's concert is part of the fourth annual Liverpool Library Folk Music Series; 457-0310; lpl.org.

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