Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This Weekend: The 15th San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Silent movie diva Norma Talmadge, just one of the stars represented in the 2010 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The spectacular art-deco movie palace The Castro Theatre plays host to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival this weekend. It is the 15th Anniversary of what began as a single screening of Ernst Lubitsch's 1918 opus I Don't Want To Be A Man and, thanks to tons of work by co-founders Stephen Salmons and Melissa Chittick (and regiments of volunteers), evolved into a three day event rivaling the epic Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

The big screen fun begins Thursday night with John Ford's epic The Iron Horse and will include Friday evening's sold-out screening of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, complete with the footage discovered by ace Argentinian archivists, who will be there to tell their story.

My only complaint is that the festival transpires on the same weekend as Slapsticon, the four days of screen comedy rarities holding forth at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre in Arlington, VA. One of these years, I'd really like to attend both festivals!

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