Thursday, May 20, 2010

2010 Schedule announced

The complete list of films for this summer's San Francisco Silent Film Festival has been announced.The 4 day event, set for July 15-18th, will take place at the historic Castro Theater. Here's the schedule in outline. Additional information, including times, film descriptions, images, and ticket availability, can be found on the SFSFF website.

Thursday, July 15th

The Iron Horse (USA, 1924, 150 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: John Ford 
Cast: George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy
Accompanied By: Dennis James

Friday, July 16th

Amazing Tales from the Archives 1 (60 mins)
Lost Films from the Silent Era: Presentations by Joe Lindner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Peña of Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires (the archivists responsible for finding the lost Metropolis footage).
Accompanied By: Donald Sosin

A Spray of Plum Blossoms (China, 1931, 100 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Bu Wancang
Cast: Ruan-Lingyu, Jin Yan
Accompanied By: Donald Sosin
Presented with both Mandarin and English intertitles.

Rotaie (Italy, 1929, 74 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Mario Camerini
Cast: Käthe von Nagy, Maurizio D'Ancora
Accompanied By: Stephen Horne
Presented with Italian intertitles accompanied by a live English translation.

Metropolis (Germany, 1927, 148 mins, Digital)
Directed By: Fritz Lang
Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Brigitte Helm
Accompanied By: Alloy Orchestra
Special Guests: Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Peña of the Museo del Cine, the pair who found the lost footage!

Saturday, July 17th

The Big Business of Short, Funny Films (62 min)
Director Pete Docter presents a selection of hilarious short films — some of the funniest moments in cinema — all in 35mm! Program includes The Cook (USA, 1918, 22 min),
Pass the Gravy (USA, 1928, 22 min), and Big Business (USA, 1929, 18 min)   

Variations on a Theme: Musicians on the Craft of Composing and Performing for Silent Film (70 mins)
Chloe Veltman, Bay Area culture correspondent for The New York Times and producer and host of public radio’s VoiceBox, will moderate a discussion with the musicians participating in the 2010 Festival.

The Flying Ace (USA, 1926, 65 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Richard E. Norman
Cast: Lawrence Criner, Kathryn Boyd
Accompanied By: Donald Sosin
Special Guest: Rita Reagan from Norman Studios Silent Film Museum

The Strong Man (USA, 1926, 75 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Frank Capra
Cast: Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner
Accompanied By: Stephen Horne

Diary of a Lost Girl (Germany, 1929, 116 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Cast: Louise Brooks, Kurt Gerron
Accompanied By: Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Sweden , Denmark, 1922, 90 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio, Oscar Stribolt
Accompanied By: Matti Bye Ensemble

Sunday, July 18th 

Amazing Tales from the Archives 2 (60 mins)
Presentations by Annette Melville (National Film Preservation Board) and Mike Mashon (Library of Congress, Moving Image Section)
Accompanied By: Stephen Horne

The Shakedown (USA, 1929, 70 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: William Wyler
Cast: James Murray, Barbara Kent, Jack Hanlon
Accompanied By: Donald Sosin
Leonard Maltin will interview the children of director William Wyler onstage

Man with a Movie Camera (USSR, 1929, 70 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Dziga Vertov
Accompanied By: Alloy Orchestra

The Woman Disputed (USA, 1928, 110 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Henry King, Sam Taylor
Cast: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland
Accompanied By: Stephen Horne
Introduction by Kevin Brownlow

L'Heureuse mort (France, 1924, 83 mins, 35mm)
Directed By: Serge Nadejdine
Cast: Nicolas Rimsky, Lucie Larue
Accompanied By: Matti Bye Ensemble
Presented with French intertitles accompanied by a live English translation.


  1. Oh, no. Not Leonard Maltin again. His tedious introductions to the Disney animated shorts was the low point of last year's festival, and now he's going to interview Wyler's relatives onstage. I'll have to find something else to do while he's gabbing.

  2. What happened to the Melies program that was mentioned a few weeks back?

  3. The Melies films will precede the above mentioned feature films throughout the Festival.

  4. On the other side of the coin, I liked Maltin's intro to the Disney shorts. I know nothing about the Disney shorts and found it informative and amusing.

    I'm looking forward to this year's introductions.