Silent Film Festival opens with All Quiet on the Western Front

Most people think of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)--the Oscar-winning movie that opened this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival last night, as a talkie--and they're right. But in the early days of talkies, it was common to make an alternative silent version for theaters that had not yet converted, and for the … Continue reading Silent Film Festival opens with All Quiet on the Western Front

What’s Screening: May 29 – June 4

We've got three film festivals going on in the Bay Area this week: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs through Monday. The Green Film Festival run through Wednesday. SF DocFest opens Thursday You'll find festival screenings at the bottom of this newsletter. A+ Citizen Kane, Rafael, Sunday How does any movie survive a half-century reputation … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 29 – June 4

The A+ List: Citizen Kane (also Annie Hall & The Bicycle Thief)

And now we return to my list of all-time favorite films--those that I've awarded the rare A+ grade. For a film to earn that grade, it must be the perfect embodiment of its genre or, better yet, stand beyond genre. It must be at least 20 years old (so I know that it’s stood the test … Continue reading The A+ List: Citizen Kane (also Annie Hall & The Bicycle Thief)

What’s Screening: May 22 – 28

No festivals this week…until the very last day. Both the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Green Film Festival open Thursday night. All Quiet On The Western Front, Castro, Thursday, 7:00. The first great talkie war movie delivers a powerful anti-war message. When war breaks out, a young, naïve German student patriotically and enthusiastically volunteers … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 22 – 28

Silent or Green: More on upcoming festivals

A few notes about the two festivals opening next Thursday: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Pianist, entertainer, film preservationist, and Mel Novikoff Award recipient Serge Bromberg (how many people have that resume) wins this year's  Francisco Silent Film Festival Award. The Festival will present him with the award on Saturday, May 30, at the screening … Continue reading Silent or Green: More on upcoming festivals