Plus: SAN FRANCISCO: THE GOLDEN GATE CITY (4 m.)
A trio of Russian con artists take a luxurious villa above Monte Carlo to prey on wealthy marks in this European playground of postwar decadence. Stroheim— in the monocled role that solidified him as “the man you love to hate”—stars as the fraudulent Count Karazmin, who targets moneyed women to blackmail them with the help of “cousins” Mae Busch and Maud George. The opulent sets—with the California coast standing in for Monaco—shine in this glorious restoration by MoMA and SFSFF.
The 2022 SFSFF Award for commitment to the preservation and presentation of silent cinema will be presented to Dave Kehr, Rajendra Roy and Ashley Swinnerton representing New York’s Museum of Modern Art before the screening of Foolish Wives.
Restoration by MoMA and San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Live Music by Timothy Brock conducting the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra
Timothy Brock A specialist in orchestral music from the 1920s and ’30s, conductor and composer Timothy Brock has been responsible for the restoration of several landmark silent-era scores, including Dmitri Shostakovich’s for New Babylon to George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique. In 1998 the Chaplin estate commissioned Brock to restore the filmmaker’s score to Modern Times and he has since restored twelve Chaplin-penned silent feature and short scores. He is a prolific concert composer in his own right and has also written original scores for silent films as varied as Prix de Beauté and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra Over the past century, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music has become a vibrant world-class conservatory providing a well-rounded curriculum that seeks to break down barriers between the intellectual, artistic, professional, and individual, helping musicians to achieve their best possible selves.