After a brief lull, the festivals are starting again.
Berlin & Beyond runs January 15 through 21 at the Bay Area’s favorite festival venue, the Castro. In addition to the Blue Angel screening I mentioned earlier and a Wim Wenders tribute, it includes 29 new (at least for America) features.
As soon as B&B closes, Noir City takes over the Castro for a January 23 through February 1 run. The theme this year is “Newspaper Noir,” with hard-boiled reporters rather than detectives. Among the titles you might recognize are Billy Wilder’s Ace In the Hole, and a Burt Lancaster double-bill of The Killers and Sweet Smell of Success.
The Silent Film Festival Winter Event happens on Valentine’s Day this year, and has one great romantic masterpiece, F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise. It also includes Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality, the horror comedy The Cat and the Canary, and the Russian comedy A Kiss from Mary Pickford. All films will have live accompaniment. And it all happens, of course, at the Castro.