Saturday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

I saw five feature films Saturday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and three were about socially unacceptable romances (and yes, they were all heterosexual).. Lights of Old Broadway Marion Davies plays identical twins separated at birth, but that's not what this comedy is really about. It's a love story set against the Irish … Continue reading Saturday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Friday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Another busy day at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival . You Never Know WomenWilliam  Wellman directed this  entertaining tale set an acrobatic troupe. Problems come up when a wealthy cad sets his sights on a beautiful acrobat, who doesn't realize that the head of the  troupe loves her. Much worse, she doesn't realize that … Continue reading Friday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Thursday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Thursday was the first full day at the  San Francisco Silent Film Festival. And believe me; it was full.. Amazing Tales From the Archives The free, 10am show this year presented four illustrated lectures. The first had San Francisco's Silent Film Festival's Robert Byrne, along with Thierry Lecointe, discussing flip books made from early films. … Continue reading Thursday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The Cameraman & Opening Night at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

I'm going to try to cover the San Francisco Silent Film Festival day by day, which isn't easy when the days are so long. So please excuse me if my grammar and spelling aren't the best. So lets get going with the opening night screening of Buster Keaton's The Cameraman. But before the movie, the … Continue reading The Cameraman & Opening Night at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Cary Grant, harsh South Africa, and leaking top secrets: My last day at the SFFilm Festival

Sunday was my last day at this year's SFFilm Festival. It was also the day with the last big event: The Closing Night Show. The Festival will continue through Tuesday, but without me. David Thomson Master Class: Thinking About Cary Grant I started the day not with a movie, but with a lecture. Film historian … Continue reading Cary Grant, harsh South Africa, and leaking top secrets: My last day at the SFFilm Festival