Thursday, August 16, 2012

Frank Thompson - The Commentary Track

Frank Thompson is an acclaimed film historian and author with more than forty books and hundreds of articles, interviews and reviews to his credit. He has also worked as a writer for television, contributed commentary to various DVDs, and has produced, written and/or directed several documentaries. Thompson, we are also pleased to note, was also one of the very first author-guests at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival! He appeared at the Festival in 1997 to sign copies of his then recently published book, Lost Films: Important Movies That Disappeared (Citadel), an examination of 27 silent films that likely will never be seen again.

Recently, Thompson started a new venture - "The Commentary Track," a weekly podcast featuring conversations with leading film historians, archivists, actors and filmmakers on all aspects of film history. Each of these freely available podcasts last about an hour; in them, Thompson and his guests swap Hollywood stories and celebrate the great movies – and movie makers – of the 20th Century.

Thompson, who has also penned books on William Wellman, Henry King, Robert Wise and early film-making in Texas, has an obvious love for early Hollywood. And that's just what some of his guests - like Kevin Brownlow, Rudy Behlmer, John Bengtson, Marilyn Moss and others - have been discussing on "The Commentary Track." (Others, like Carl Davis and Randy Skretvedt will be heard in the coming weeks.) 

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival encourages you to check out "The Commentary Track." It is a lot of fun, and makes for great listening. We think the Rudy Behlmer episode is of special interest. Rudy speaks about having grown up in San Francisco, where he watched movies at the neighborhood Balboa Theater and also took in silent films at the Palace of Fine Arts and Jewish Community Center in the 1930s! And did you know about the Chaplin Festival on Treasure Island during the 1939 World's Fair....

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