SFSFF hosted a silent movie blockbuster day at the Castro Theatre on Saturday, September 15 with four programs of favorites from the silent era all accompanied by the indefatigable Club Foot Orchestra!
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. Those who attended SFSFF 2013 will remember the extraordinary music Club Foot Orchestra and Gamelan Sekar Jaya set to the Balinese film Legong: Dance of the Virgins. For the September 15 program, Club Foot ran a marathon: Four BIG programs in one day! Starting the day out with the sublime Buster Keaton and the mischievous Felix the Cat (the Buster + Felix show included Felix Woos Whoopee, One Week, The Blacksmith, and Cops) and veering into the dark world of German Expressionism with three masterpieces—The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis and Nosferatu—Club Foot lead the way to a deeper appreciation for the genius of silent cinema.