Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yet More Cool Classic Movie Events In The San Francisco Bay Area

To call San Francisco Bay Area a hospitable locale for classic film buffs craving big screen fun is quite the understatement. The schedules of the Castro Theatre, the Pacific Film Archive, the Stanford Theatre and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum are jam-packed with excellent screenings 52 weeks a year.

I could devote this blog entirely to announcing upcoming classic movie events, but don't - alas, time to write this isn't all that plentiful.

I am, however, happy to give a quick shout-out to various upcoming shows this summer.

I Wake Up Screaming is a splendid annual two-week Film Noir Festival that curator extraordinaire Elliot Lavine programs for The Roxie Theatre.

Tomorrow night, this year's cornucopia of hard-boiled pulp cinema closes with Robert Aldrich's 1955 piece-de-resistance, the incredible Kiss Me Deadly.

In June, the Roxie hosts the Horror Society's fifteen days of 21st century Grand Guignol movie mayhem, the Another Hole On The Head festival: while not my personal cup of tea, this will absolutely be the cat's expensive designer pajamas for aficionados of (quite literal) cutting-edge contemporary indie cinema. On a somewhat more sedate level, the Pacific Film Archive will pay tribute to prolific director Arthur Penn (Bonnie & Clyde, Little Big Man) from June 10-29.

Two silent movie retrospectives will present big screen rarities of the first order this summer. On June 24-26, Niles' Broncho Billy Film Festival will screen rare nuggets from The Mack Sennett Studio, where Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Roscoe Arbuckle, Harry Langdon, Edgar Kennedy and many more started their careers in celluloid funmaking. The Castro Theatre will host the 16th San Francisco Silent Film Festival from July 14-17. Both festivals will draw international historians, archivists and diehard classic film buffs like the most powerful of mega-magnets.

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