Monthly Archives: March 2014

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2014

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival announces its Festival 2014 schedule. The festival includes 19 programs and 17 feature films. Festival 2014 commences at the Castro Theater on Thursday, May 29, 2014 and goes through Sunday, June 1, 2014. This … Continue reading

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Against All Flags

Maureen O’Hara and Errol Flynn perform some wonderful swashbuckling action in “Against All Flags,” a glorious 1952 pirate movie that also stars Anthony Quinn. Flynn plays Brian Hawke, a Royal Navy officer working undercover to defeat a rowdy bunch of … Continue reading

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You Only Live Once

I expect Fritz Lang to deliver a well-crafted and interesting drama no matter what the subject, but 1937’s “You Only Live Once,” starring Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney holds together beautifully on Fonda’s impressive performance. Fonda plays Eddie Taylor, an … Continue reading

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Czech and Slovak Film

The California Czech and Slovak Club announces its 2014 Spring Feast, which is a brunch on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Willow Pass Community Center in Concord, California. Their main presentation will include a forum on “Czechs and Slovaks … Continue reading

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Buccaneer’s Girl

Universal International Pictures must have thought it couldn’t miss with “Buccaneer’s Girl,” which came out in 1950 and stars Yvonne De Carlo and Philip Friend in a pirate adventure in New Orleans and the high seas. Friend possessed the talent … Continue reading

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We’re Not Married!

The delightful “We’re Not Married!” — released in 1952 — follows the consequences involving 5 long-time married couples who suddenly learn their marriages are not legal. This complication occurs because the Justice of the Peace (Victor Moore) started performing wedding … Continue reading

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Sissi

An Austrian film, “Sissi,” from 1955, tells the adventure of a Bavarian duchess (Elizabeth) who becomes the Empress of Austria when she marries Franz Josef 1. The film starts with the teenage Elizabeth enjoying life with her large family in … Continue reading

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Reap the Wild Wind

The spectacular Technicolor epic “Reap the Wild Wind,” released by Paramount Pictures in 1942, seems like a cross between a pirate movie and “Gone With the Wind.” It also adds an extended courtroom scene and an underwater special effects battle … Continue reading

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The Black Swan

Maureen O’Hara plays the feisty heroine in Twentieth Century Fox’s 1942 Technicolor epic “The Black Swan,” which also stars Tyrone Power, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn and Laird Cregar. It’s a color saturated blend of pirate ships, treachery on the Spanish … Continue reading

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

The exquisitely made “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,” the 1927 silent movie masterpiece, not only hits every visual superlative, but also provides a resounding emotional impact that stays with the viewer forever. It’s a dark and richly conceived melodrama … Continue reading

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