The San Francisco Silent Film Festival annouced the 2013 winter program on November 16th. Mark your calendars! Buy your tickets! Be there or be square!
SILENT WINTER 2013
Saturday, February 16 | Castro Theatre
One day, five programs. A perfect winterlude.
SNOW WHITE, 1916
Maurgerite Clark in the 1916 film Snow White was an early inspiration to Walter E. Disney. I've only seen snipets and am looking forward to seeing the whole film. BTW, a great exhibit on Disney's 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be seen at the Walt Disney Family Museum through April 14th. Accompanied by Donald Sosin on the piano.
THINK SLOW, ACT FAST: BUSTER KEATON SHORTS, 1920-21
The artistry of Buster Keaton is still very modern comedy 90 years later. I'll hazard to say that his films still continue to resonate and have not dated as much as some of his contemporaries. The festival will present three of BusterKeaton's Metro short films One Week; The Scarecrow; and The Play House. Be prepared to be amazed and laugh your socks off. Accompanied by Donald Sosin on the piano.
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, 1924
Douglas Fairbanks' lavish fantasy spectacle The Thief of Bagdad is my all time favorite of his films. Seeing this on the big screen is an unforgetable experience. Love story, adventure, larceny, a great villian (Sojin), a young Anna May Wong and Doug, what more can you ask for? Oh wait, Snitz Edwards, too! Accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
MY BEST GIRL, 1927
It is mostly forgotten that Mary Pickford spent a good part of her career playing adults, as well as children. One of her most charming films is the well regarded and much beloved My Best Girl. I'm looking forward to seeing this on the big screen for the first time. We'll get two of Mary's husbands on film during the winterfest. Now where is an Owen Moore film to complete the trio? Accompanied by Donald Sosin on the piano.
Closing out the day will be F.W. Murnau's grand epic telling of Faust. starring Emil Jannings as Mephisto, Gosta Ekmann as Faust and Camilla Horn as the tracig Gretchen. Also making an appearence is future film director William Dieterle as Valentin. Accompaniment by Christian Elliott on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
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