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) In today's New York Times, there is a must-read story on the life of F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre - a noted sci-fi writer and film buff who took his own life in June. He was an "eccentric" with a divided reputation. His reputation in the film world (which is not addressed in the NYT) rests on his having written reviews of lost films - as if he had just seen them. Of course, he hadn't - though he sometimes claimed to have seen them. This drove the film world and film historians a bit crazy. Now, some say, his life would make a good movie.
2) Next Saturday, the retrospective of Chaplin films touring the country comes to the Castro Theater. Janus Films is presenting this touring retrospective - in cooperation with MK2 and the Chaplin estate - of the comedian's best films.
3) The rarely screened 1926 Louise Brooks film, Love Em and Leave Em, will be shown at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont on October 9. This delightful Frank Tuttle-directed film tells the story of two sisters - one good (Evelyn Brent) and one bad (Louise Brooks) - who share a boyfriend (San Francisco-born Lawrence Gray) while both are employed at a department store. Trouble ensues. . . . It's one of Brooks' best American silents. The last time Love Em and Leave Em was publicly screened in the Bay Area was on November 21, 2006 in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library.The first time is was screened in the Bay Area was at the California Theater in Pittsburg on December 14, 1926.