The 2010 San Francisco Silent Film Festival is only half over, and already there have been a number of special moments.
One occurred tonight, when it was mentioned that one of the two Buenos Aires archivists who found Metropolis in a film vault in Argentina had not yet seen the restored version of the film which now is being shown and celebrated around the world. The comment drew gasps from the audience. Fernando Pena and Paula Felix-Didier came all the way from Argentina to speak at this San Francisco debut screening of the restored film with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. They were interviewed live on stage by film historian Eddie Muller, the "Czar of Noir."
Another magical moments took place earlier in the day at a get together for film preservationist, archivists, and film historians. That moment, pictured below, includes a quartet of the world renown, Kevin Brownlow, Diana Serra Cary (aka Baby Peggy), David Shepard, and Leonard Maltin. It doesn't get much better than this.