Presented at the Paramount Theatre, Oakland on December 2, 2010 The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with the Pacific Film Archive and the Paramount Theatre presented Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc, an Oratorio with Silent Film on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:30pm at Oakland's … [Read more...] about Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc
Featuring two modern jesters inspired by the great comedians of the silent era Larry Pisoni cofounded The Pickle Family Circus, the first “new circus” to rely on clowns, jugglers, and acrobats without animals, in 1974. He taught clowning at the Ringling Brothers Clown College, and appeared in … [Read more...] about Talk About Funny!
The same Miles Brothers who shot A Trip Down Market Street just four days before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake also took their camera on another trip down the city’s main artery to survey the ruins. This nine-minute segment, recently recovered at a California flea market, was identified by David … [Read more...] about San Francisco, 1906
The Ring was Hitchcock’s sixth film as a director and his first at British International Pictures, and, remarkably, his third film within a year. After directing Downhill and Easy Virtue, two stage adaptations for Gainsborough, Hitchcock was frustrated and jumped at the chance to develop an idea of … [Read more...] about The Ring
The 25-year-old Alfred Hitchcock had done nearly every job on the studio floor by the time he was given his first directing job by the Gainsborough studio boss Michael Balcon—he had designed titles, written scripts, art directed and had been assistant director to the studio’s most successful … [Read more...] about The Pleasure Garden
Presented March 24, 25, 31, April 1 2012 at the Paramount, Oakland with live music by Carl Davis conducting the Oakland East Bay Symphony "A MAJOR EVENT! Don't wait for it to come to a theater near you — getting Gance's magnum opus on the screen is a Herculean task!" — Martin Scorsese, Vanity … [Read more...] about Napoleon
Set in a remote Isle of Man fishing community (but shot in Cornwall), The Manxman is Alfred Hitchcock’s penultimate silent film and one of the best and most mature works of his early career. The film was adapted from the bestselling novel by Sir Hall Caine, published in 1894, which had sold half a … [Read more...] about The Manxman
A Selection of Enchanting Short Silent Films In Fond Memory of Film Preservationist David Shepard (1940–2017) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival owes an enormous debt of gratitude to film collector and preservationist extraordinaire David Shepard, a valued member of the festival advisory … [Read more...] about Magic and Mirth