Here are some spooky bites of news - offered on a regular basis - from and about the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the world of silent film:
1) If you are looking for something fun to do tonight, then check out the special event the San Francisco Symphony has lined-up at Davies Symphony Hall. On Halloween night, the Symphony will present the restored version of the 1920 silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore. The film will be accompanied by Dennis James on the Ruffatti Organ, along with Mark Goldstein and Todd Manley on percussion. The evening's concert screening also features the Buster Keaton short, The Haunted House (1921).
2) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is included on the American Silent Horror Collection from KINO. This five disc collection is an outstanding asembly of early classics including The Man Who Laughs (1928) - directed by Paul Leni, The Penalty (1920) - starring Lon Chaney, The Cat and the Canary (1927) - directed by Paul Leni, as well as Kingdom of Shadows - a 1998 documentary narrated by Rod Steiger. The horror film, from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the silent era, is explored in this haunting documentary... which has been described as a dance macabre of religion, carnivals, sex, nightmares, monstrosity, and death and includes scenes from 50 classic films like Nosferatu, The Golem, Haxan, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Faust and others.
3) Speaking of documentaries. . . . Turner Classic Movies has announced a new series which looks at the history of Hollywood. "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" is a seven-hour documentary series which traces 70 years of film-making in America. The series starts Monday on TCM.
Tomorrow's initial episode, "Peepshow Pioneers," looks at the earliest attempts to create moving images. Later episodes focus on big name stars, directors and producers like Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford in the 1920s, the populist cinema of Frank Capra and everyman actors like James Stewart and Gary Cooper in the '30s, and Humphrey Bogart and noir in the '40s. Here's the lineup of TCM's "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood."