Here are some brief bits of news – offered on a regular basis – from and about the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the world of silent film:
1) At the recent Silent Film Festival (during the “Amazing Tales from the Archives” program), it was announced that the recently found John Ford silent, Upstream (1927), would be screened by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. That screening took place just a few days ago. And, by all accounts, it was a memorable occasion. Susan King, writing in the Los Angeles Times, noted “The audiences’ anticipation was palpable Wednesday evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The SRO crowd was there for what Academy First Vice President Sid Ganis described as a ‘historic’ event.” Susan King’s report on the event can be found here. Another illustrated report on the event can be found at We Are Movie Geeks.
2) Book lovers, mark your calendars! The largest book sale on the West Coast is coming to San Francisco – and this year it’s even bigger and better than before. On September 22-26, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library will host their 46th Annual Big Book Sale. It’s opening a day early to accommodate an epic number of books in all subjects – all of which will be for sale! If you love film history and movie star biographies, then don’t miss this event. Who know’s what you’ll find – a gently used copy of The Fairbanks Album or Lulu in Hollywood, or perhaps Pola Negri’s memoirs or a novel by Lionel Barrymore or Mary Pickford?
Held at the Fort Mason Center, the sale will include over 100,000 more books than last year, bringing this year’s offerings to half a million books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All books are or less and all books remaining on Sunday are or less. The Big Book Sale is free and open to the public and all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library. It’s not only a good cause, its also a great way to build you library of books on film history.
3) Metropolis – the 1927 Fritz Lang sci-fi masterpiece – continues to make a splash while screenings of the recently restored film take place around the country. If you missed its July showing at the Silent Film Festival (with live musical accompaniment provided by the Alloy Orchestra) or its return engagement at the Castro Theater last month, then you’ll have a chance to see what the fuss was all about when KINO releases the restored film on DVD and Blue-ray in November. Visit this KINO link to find out more.
Curiously, just a few days ago, we happened to come across this bit of advertising for a local auto dealer in San Francisco. Brigitte Helm as Maria / The Robot is featured.