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Some fabuous double bills coming up at the Castro Theater in late July and early August to honor film composer Max Steiner

July 29

July 30

July 31

August 1

August 2

August 3
THE BIG SLEEP (1946) + KEY LARGO (1948)

August 4

More info to be found at The Castro's Website.


Begin commercial announcement:  I've got an eBay store open that currently is selling vintage 1920s postcards of Rudolph Valentino.  More movie memorabilia will be listed soon, as well as non-movie items such as vintage picture frames, costume jewelry, bakelite and other ephemera.  You can check it out by visiting Golden Gate Goodies.  We're cleaning out the closets!  End of the commercial announcement.


There's a new blog online by my favorite Cultural Archeologist, Thomas Gladysz.  City Brights is located on the SF Chronicle's website, you can find it here.  As always there will be plenty of good reading.


There is another new (old) blog that is well worth mentioning.  Larry Harnisch of the Los Angeles Times has been posting all sorts of fascinating LA history at The Daily Mirror (formerly hosted on the LA Times website).  It's got a new home and new contributors here.  Do pay it a visit, there is some wonderful content as Larry "Reflects on Los Angeles History."


Speaking of LA ... Do not miss the excellent lineup of films screening at the LA County Museum over the summer.  LACMA's lineup has me drooling and absolutely green envious!  Check it out here.


My book Rudolph Valentino the Silent Idol - His Life in Photographs is now one year old.  What a wonderful year it has been!  To say the book has suceeded beyond my wildest dreams is an understatement.  It's been received with open arms, the feedback has been great and sales are still going strong.  Who knew??

A new website for the book is currently under construction.  The purpose of the new website devoted solely to The Silent Idol is to further promote the book and to share some goodies that did not make the final cut as well as some fun multimedia.  Nothing online at the moment, you will eventually find it at  Don't forget that the book may be ordered at as well as the link to blurb's website above.


A free screening of The Son of the Sheik will be at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library in the Koret Auditorium.  Sunday, July 10th at 2:00 - 5:00 pm  Come see Valentino at his best!  I will be there and would love to meet other "rudyfans."

Don't forget to pay a visit to the exhibits celebrating silent film at the library on display through the summer (descriptions below cribbed from Thomas' blog):

"Reading the Stars" is on display in the Steve Silver room (4th floor) of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library through August 28th. It is part of a SFPL celebration of the silent era called "Shhhhh! Silents in the Library."

Other exhibits are devoted to "Downtown Movie Palaces of the 1920s" and "The Silent Screen in the City." The latter looks at some of the many movie stars who visited San Francisco or made films here in the Bay Area.

"Shhhhh! Silents in the Library" coincides with the 16th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which takes place July 14-17 at the Castro Theater. A display of past posters from the Festival are also on display at the SFPL.


The San Franciso Silent Film Festival will be happening on July 14-17 at the Castro Theater.  It's an event I look forward to every year.  I hope to have a few more posts on a couple of the films this weekend.  I'm anxious to talk about the premiere of Douglas Fairbanks' Mr. Fix-It as well as the Marlene Dietrich silent Women Men Yearn For.

That's it for this week!


Anonymous said…
Have you seen this website?

No Valentino, but I think it is absolutely charming nonetheless!

Brenda in Iowa.

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