The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has announced the line-up of films for its Winter Event. This year, the annual all-day happening at the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco will take place on Saturday, February 12th.
The program of films, along with a Winter Event Celebration Party (held on the Castro Mezzanine) and special guests still to be announced, is expected to fill the day. The 2011 Winter Event is the 6th annual daylong event put on by the Silent Film Festival. Here are the details:
It’s Mutual: Charlie Chaplin Shorts
The Adventurer 1917 / The Pawn Shop 1916 / The Rink 1916, USA, 69 min.
These three shorts from Charlie Chaplin’s stint at the Mutual Film Corporation are a brilliant glimpse into a master perfecting his craft. They include some of the most hilarious moments on film by a genius whose physical wit and grace spoke louder than words. Musical accompaniment to this special program will be given by Donald Sosin.
Marcel L’Herbier, 1928, France, 195 min.
Greed and sex drive Marcel L’Herbier’s adaptation of Emile Zola’s celebrated novel about financial speculation. The excess of the story is mirrored in the filmmaking – opulent sets, breathtaking camerawork, and a rhythm that conveys glamour and modernity. Magnificently restored, this little known film is said to be a revelation. L’Argent will be accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The cast includes Pierre Alcover, Brigette Helm, Marie Glory, Yvette Guilbert, Alfred Abel, Henry Victor, Pierre Juvenet, and writer Antoin Artaud.
King Vidor, 1926, USA, 95 min.
This romance set in bohemian Paris of the 1830s has been filmed many times, but King Vidor’s version starring Lillian Gish as Mimi and John Gilbert as Rodolphe is certainly the best. The Silent Film Festival will be screening a new 35mm print courtesy of the Stanford Theatre Foundation and UCLA Film and Television Archive. The cast also includes Renée Adorée, George Hassell, Roy D’Arcy, Edward Everett Horton, and the great Karl Dane.
For more info: Additional details on the films, the Winter Event Celebration Party, and ticket availability can be found at http://www.silentfilm.org/tixSYS/2010/winter
Thomas Gladysz is an arts journalist and author. Recently, he wrote the introduction to a new “Louise Brooks edition” of Margarete Böhme’s classic book, The Diary of a Lost Girl (PandorasBox Press). Gladysz will speak about his new book at the Village Voice Bookshop in Paris on January 13, followed by a screening of the film at the nearby Action Cinema.