This is one of the best years for silent film in San Francisco in a long time. One the highlights of the San
Francisco International Film Festival was the live performance of Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain (there
was also a screening of the Phantom Carriage). Charlie Chaplin's City Lights just was at the Castro. And the San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs through Sunday, July 15th.
It opens Friday at 7 pm with Ernst Lubitsch's The Student Prince of Old Heidelberg. Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle (who has written about star Norma Shearer in his book Complicated Women) introduces the film. He talked with Silent Film Festival executive director Stacy Wisnia and with artistic director Stephen Salmons on recent podcasts.
Michael Hawley previews the festival at The Evening Class and Max Goldberg for the Bay Guardian and for SF360. I'll just mention the free More Amazing Tales from the Archives program with Rob Stone of the UCLA Film at 10:30 am on Sunday. My photos from last year.
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