Festival Report, Part 3: Sunday

As I mentioned in my last post, I chose Danny Glover on Saturday over Mel Novikoff Award winner Kevin Brownlow, one of the world's foremost experts on silent films, because I was seeing Brownlow on Sunday. I just did. Billed as an "Introduction to Silents,-- Brownlow's presentation probably would have confused anyone truly unfamiliar with … Continue reading Festival Report, Part 3: Sunday

Films for the Week of April 27, 2007

Just to keep things simple, I'm listing San Francisco International Film Festival presentations first. San Francisco International Film Festival The Iron Mask, Castro, Friday, 2:00. Douglas Fairbanks must have felt melancholy as he made what he knew would be his last silent film. Based on Dumas' oft-filmed The Three Musketeers sequel, The Iron Mask is … Continue reading Films for the Week of April 27, 2007

Films for the Week of April 20, 2006

Golden Door, Castro, Thursday, 7:00. Emanuele Crialese begins his immigration allegory with two men climbing a mountain, barefoot, each carrying a sharp stone in his mouth. From there, Crialese fills his tale with strange, beautiful, and occasionally bewildering imagery. He also fills it with fascinating people and a dry, sardonic humor. Many of his characters, … Continue reading Films for the Week of April 20, 2006