Friday, August 6, 2010

A few more pics from 2010

We thought to share few more pictures from the 2010 San Francisco Silent Film Festival. They depict one of the memorable highlights from the four day event.

Prior to the Saturday screening of William Wyler's late silent, The Shakedown (1929), regular Festival participant Leonard Maltin interviewed the three daughters of the Academy Award winning director. Judy (who serves as President of the SFSFF Board of Directors), Catherine and Melanie each recalled their father as a hard worker whose life was filled with FILM.

Melanie, in particular, recalled the time her father took her to see a revival screening of Erich von Stroheim’s Foolish Wives at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood - and afterword lavishly praised the silent film.

Each also recalled having grown up surrounded by Hollywood legends - who to them were just neighbors. When they were younger, one such neighbor was Charlie Chaplin.  As kids, the Wyler daughters remembered playing with future actress Geraldine Chaplin, with whom on at least one occasion they rode the dumb waiter at the Chaplin estate. Charlie, they also recalled, was often seated at the piano working on his music.

When Maltin asked the three sisters to name their favorite among their father’s many highly regarded films, each cited a different work - Dodsworth (1936), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Roman Holiday (1953). The latter work, which won three Oscars and starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, was one film in which two of the Wyler daughters, Catherine and Judy, had small uncredited roles.
Memories . . . and stories told. Don't miss next year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

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