Film Festival

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s 6th Annual Winter Event takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  At it, you’ll see luminaries such as Leonard Maltin and probably Robert Osborne — plus a tremendous program of classic silent films.  Their schedule is up at www.silentfilm.org.

I wrote about the TCM network’s “Moguls and Movie Stars:  A History of Hollywood” yesterday.  They mentioned the great New York Times critic Bosley Crowther.  Just because he trashed “Bonnie and Clyde” in a review, they pushed him out and called him “over the hill.”  Pauline Kael at the New Yorker hailed Bonnie and Clyde as a masterpiece and her opinion reigned.  I like to type in old movies on Rotten Tomatoes and then read the Crowther review.  He reviewed tirelessly for 27 years, and master’s theses have been written about his influence and legacy.  He invented movie criticism as we know it today — and he was a true critic who changed the literature.

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