It’s New Year’s Eve but joy is scant in this middle-class German home. An unhappy wife, a manipulative mother-in-law, and a weak-willed man are trapped in a tinderbox of discontentment while all the world around them celebrates. An intertitle-free script and an “unchained” camera combine for this nonpareil kammerspielfilm.
The SFSFF Award for commitment to the preservation and presentation of silent cinema will be presented to Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller representing Deutsche Kinemathek before the screening of Sylvester.
Restoration by Deutsche Kinemathek
Live Music by Timothy Brock conducting the San Francisco Silent Movie 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 New Babylon to George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique. In 1998 the Chaplin estate commissioned Brock to restore Chaplin’s original score for Modern Times and he has since restored twelve Chaplin-penned scores for his silent features and shorts. Brock 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 Silent Movie OrchestraSan Francisco Silent Film Orchestra will accompany Sylvester conducted by Timothy Brock. The group includes Anthony Blea, Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Tim DeCillis, Flora Espinoza, Chris Grady, Jessica Ivry, Sascha Jacobsen, Allison Lovejoy, Darcy Rindt, Alisa Rose, and Scott Siler.
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