Sunday, December 30, 2012

Castro Theatre presents Snow White and the Seven Drawfs

Tuesday, January 1 – Sunday, January 6, 2013
(1:30), 3:45, 6:00, 8:15
1937 | 83 min | DCP

For a limited engagement running January 1–6, the Castro Theatre will present a sparkling new restoration of one of the greatest animated films of all time,  Disney's much beloved classic Snow White and the Seven Drawfs. This new digital restoration,  coming some 75 years after its world premiere, brings the richness and beauty of the enchanting 1937 musical fairy tale to its full glory.
Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White tells the tale of the beautiful maiden declared “the fairest one of all” by a magic mirror who befriends seven forest dwarves (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey).

Named the “Greatest Animated Film of All Time” by the American Film Institute in 2008 -  and only one of two animated films to be included in AFI's list of 100 greatest American films of all time, Snow White and the Seven Drawfs was truly groundbreaking as the first full length Disney feature film, the first full length animated feature produced in the United States, and the first full length movie in color. For the film’s 75th anniversary, Disney has restored the beautifully rendered artistry of the film's cel animation, enhancing the richness of the picture.

This special presentation will be followed by a equally special screening at the Castro Theatre of the original silent version of Snow White (1916) on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 am. Musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin on grand piano.

Walt Disney was a 16-year-old newsboy when he attended a free event at the Kansas City Convention Center in 1917 to see Miss Marguerite Clark on screen in a live-action rendition of a German fairy tale, Snow White. It was one of the first features he’d ever seen and he was hooked. “I thought it was the perfect story… It had the sympathetic dwarfs…the heavy…the prince and the girl. The romance…the perfect story.” 

As part of the Walt Disney Family Museum’s celebration of Disney’s Snow White, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is thrilled to present Walt’s original inspiration. Directed by J. Searle Dawley with Marguerite Clark in the lead role, the film was thought lost until materials were discovered in the Netherlands, and a print was preserved at George Eastman House. Clark’s portrayal of the dewy fresh Snow White is pitch perfect—even though she was 33 at the time!

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