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San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 1 – May 5

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2019 02:50pm | Post a Comment

The 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) runs May 1st – May 5th at the historic Castro Theatre! This year's festival features 25 programs (including an illustrated lecture presentation at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley), all with live musical accompaniment! There are films from ten different countries — Bali (Goona Goona), Czechoslovakia (Tonka of the Gallows), France (L’Homme Du Large), Germany (The Oyster Princess, Opium, The Love of Jeanne Ney), India (Shiraz: A Romance of India), Italy (Rapsodia Satanica, L'Inferno), Japan (Japanese Girls at the Harbor), Sweden (Sir Arne's Treasure), U.S. (Wolf Song, Husbands and Lovers, Lights of Old Broadway, Hell Bent, The Wedding March, and more), and the USSR (Earth) — and more than 40 brilliant musicians from around the world to accompany the films. Bookended by Buster Keaton classics The Cameraman (1928) and Our Hospitality (1923), the film selection has something for everyone, including melodrama, horror, adventure, westerns, and even Nordic noir.

All films at SFSFF are accompanied with live music by extraordinary musicians including Club Foot Gamelan, Frank Bockius, Guenter Buchwald, Stephen Horne, Sascha Jacobsen, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Philip Carli, Wayne Barker, Utsav Lal, and Donald Sosin.

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Noir City 17: Film Noir In The 1950s, January 25 - February 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 6, 2019 05:57pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 17, San Francisco

Dive into NOIR CITY 17 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3 to Trappedexperience (through a lens, darkly) the 1950s -- a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema. Nothing would ever be the same. Film Noir Foundation president and the man known internationally as the "Czar of Noir," not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' popular weekly series Noir Alley, Eddie Muller, will once again lead audiences on a ten-night excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement." Strap in for danger, desire, and despair!

This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

“I call it curated time-travel," says Muller. "We start out in the classic era at the peak of the noir movement and with each successive show we move relentlessly toward revolution—a 1960 double bill of Psycho and Breathless, two movies that effectively changed noir, and movies, forever.”

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Noir City Xmas, 12/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 9, 2018 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule! Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 19, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. This year's feature is Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at Noir City Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming Noir City 17 festival, which runs January 25-February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have Noir City 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents Greatest Hits with Club Foot Orchestra, 9/15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 2, 2018 07:59pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) presents a silent movie blockbuster day at the Castro Club Foot Orchestra. Photo by AnneHamersky.Theatre on Saturday, September 15th. With four programs of favorites from the silent era all accompanied live by the legendary Club Foot Orchestra, this is an event you just can't miss!

Founded in 1983 by Richard Marriott, Club Foot Orchestra (named after a nightclub in San Francisco's Bayview) was a pioneer in creating modern music for silent film. Their accompaniment is thoughtful and expressive, showing respect and engagement in the images they compose for. On September 15th, Club Foot provides the live accompaniment for four films in one epic day. The day starts out at 1pm with the sublime Buster Keaton and the mischievous Felix the Cat (Buster + Felix) and then veers into the world of German Expressionism with three masterpieces — The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 3:15, Metropolis at 6pm, and Nosferatu at 9:30pm.

Join Club Foot for this musical journey into the genius of silent cinema. Get an all-day pass or buy tickets to individual screenings HERE.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Returns May 30–June 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 20, 2018 06:42pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Silent Film Fest

Soft Shoes
Soft Shoes

The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) returns to the beautiful Castro Theatre May 30 – June 3 for five days of masterpieces from the silent film era set to glorious live music. Several of the films are SFSFF restorations, which will be having their world premieres, including The Other Woman's Story (1925), Richard Oswald's German version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1929), the San Francisco-set Soft Shoes (1925), and the Soviet masterpiece Fragment of an Empire. Additionally, SFSFF has restored recently-discovered footage of San Francisco in the days after the catastrophic 1906 earthquake. (The nine-minute segment will be shown on Saturday, June 2, with Trappola.)

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