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About the Marie Dressler Foundation Vintage Film Festival

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Experience the Vintage Film Festival during its 25th anniversary year and celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with films that feature a Canadian actor or director from cinema’s past. 

Twenty five 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 50-60 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. But starting in 2016, 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.  Since 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, all movies will feature a Canadian actor or Director. Over the weekend, we show 2 silent movies accompanied by a live pianist.

The 2017 Festival

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