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Silent Film Wrapup

The 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s (SFSFF) wrapped up this year with an unprecedented 6 days of wonderful silent films, beginning with “All Quiet on the Western Front 1930” and ending with “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ … Continue reading

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Lord Love a Duck

I found quite a surprise last week while watching The Works network on TV. They presented a 1966 film directed by George Axelrod called “Lord Love a Duck.” The movie stars Tuesday Weld and Roddy McDowall as a couple of … Continue reading

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The Battle of Algiers

Among all war films, the 1966 Italian-Algerian production called “The Battle of Algiers” seems to invoke the tensest evocation of the current state of warfare in the world. It’s war taken to a divided city where cultures compete and freedoms … Continue reading

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Pyaasa

I had the good fortune to see the 1957 Indian film “Pyaasa” the other night. The film tells the story of a poet named Vijay (Guru Dutt) who finds it extremely difficult to get his poems published. A failed college … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks doesn’t seem like the kind of actor who could fly into a convincing rage, but if there was ever a movie to do it in, “Captain Phillips” would be it. However, he does not fly into a rage … Continue reading

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The Love Parade

Ernst Lubitsch’s 1929 film “The Love Parade,” features romantic comedy at its finest, with playful adult situations and a score full of catchy numbers. The deftly acted and directed film features Maurice Chevalier as Count Alfred Renard, a confirmed ladies … Continue reading

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Bay of Angels

A couple of interesting things occur in Jacques Demy’s 1963 film “Bay of Angels,” or “La baie des anges (French title).” A man (Claude Mann) gets hooked into a gambling binge by a colleague at work and goes to a … Continue reading

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Silent Rewind

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) Silent Autumn presentation flowed wonderfully tonight at the Castro Theater, with a glorious and well-enjoyed program of features and shorts. It started with 3 Laurel and Hardy silent shorts, including the hilarious “Big … Continue reading

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Silent Autumn

It’s only a week away from “Silent Autumn,” the San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s (SFSFF) event to be held at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. On¬†Saturday, September 20, 2014, the SFSFF will present an all-day program of silent features … Continue reading

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Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick is one of those directors that make me super aware of the film-making process. While presenting pure¬†technique of camera placement and sound, Kubrick manages to maintain the tension and focus on the actors and story. Add to this … Continue reading

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