Saturday, September 13, 2014

Silence Is Golden - And So Are The Great Laurel & Hardy

The Boys are back in town, twice within one week in the San Francisco Bay Area AND writer Steve Bailey of Movie Movie Blog Blog is hosting a blogathon in tribute to Stan & Babe on October 4.

Tomorrow afternoon at the Niles Museum, comedy expert and Ray Hubbard Award winner Paul Mular presents one of the monthly "Sons Of The Desert" matinees devoted to the Hal Roach Studio.

The museum has been hosting the local chapter of the Laurel & Hardy Fan Club, a.k.a. The Sons Of The Desert, for ten years now.

The museum has been presenting these great matinee programs, curated by Mr. Mular, on the second Sunday of the month for much of that time.

Having moved its traditional winter event up to fall, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents Silent Autumn at The Castro Theatre this Saturday - and the morning show is all Laurel & Hardy, ALL silent, no singing but some dancing. The epic "tit for tat" reciprocal destruction fests Two Tars, Big Business and Should Married Men Come Home will rock the house, as they did with moviegoers in the late 1920's.

Now upon hearing the phrase "silence is golden", all Monsieur Blogmeister can think of is the vocal harmony-laden 1960's English pop band The Tremeloes, but this figure of speech shall be a reality all day Saturday, all day.

After Laurel & Hardy, the program shall feature Buster Keaton's historical action adventure epic The General, a favorite movie of Orson Welles and cinematic masterpiece that always delights and amazes, no matter how many times one sees it.

There will also be a presentation of The Son Of The Sheik, penned by celebrated writers Frances Marion and Frederica Sagor Maas, starring silver screen icon Rudolf Valentino and Vilma Bánky. Introducing the 1926 box-office smash: author and Valentino expert Donna Hill.

The Silent Autumn program shall delve deeply into the dreamworld of the subconscious with Robert Weine's surreal "shot around the world", The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, newly digitally restored from the original camera negative.

Tickets and festival passes for Silent Autumn are available at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival website.

As the birthday of L&H nemesis Billy Gilbert was yesterday, a Laurel & Hardy Blogathon is extremely apropo and timely.

Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog wishes Steve all the best on the blogathon!

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