This weekend a friend and I are off to the picture show! We’re attending the San Francisco Silent Film Festival‘s 6th Annual Winter Event. I’ve been to all of their summer festivals save one since moving to California, but this will be my first time going to one of their winter events, and this will be my friend’s first time attending as a published author. She’ll be signing copies of her book in between screenings.

On Saturday’s program:

The Rink (Mutual short 1916) Directed by Charles Chaplin Shown: Charles Chaplin

Accompanied By: Donald Sosin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin

These three shorts from Chaplin’s brilliant stint at the Mutual Film Corporation are a glimpse into a master perfecting his craft. Some of the most hilarious moments on film by a genius whose physical wit and grace spoke louder than words.  Co-presented by Niles Essanay Film Museum.
 

L’Argent (1928) at 3:30 PM
Accompanied By: Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Directed By: Marcel L’Herbier
Cast: Pierre Alcover, Brigitte Helm, Marie Glory, Yvette Guilbert, Alfred Abel, Henry Victor, Pierre Juvenet, Antonin Artaud

Greed and sex drive Marcel L’Herbier’s adaptation of Emile Zola’s celebrated novel about financial speculation. The excess of the story is mirrored in the filmmaking—opulent sets, breathtaking camerawork, and a rhythm that conveys glamour and modernity. Magnificently restored, this film is a true revelation! Accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Titles in French with live reading of English translation by Stephen Salmons. Generous support provided by the French Consulate of San Francisco.

La Boheme: Gish & Gilbert Close-up

La Bohème (1926) at 8:00 PM
Accompanied By: Dennis James
Directed By: King Vidor

This eternal romance set in bohemian Paris of the 1830s has been filmed many times, but King Vidor’s classic starring Lillian Gish as Mimi and John Gilbert as Rodolphe is the definitive version. New 35mm print courtesy of Stanford Theatre Foundation and UCLA Film and Television Archive. This is perfect Valentine Day fare for the romantic soul. Co-presented by San Francisco Opera.
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