SFSFF Opening Night

The 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) opened today with a splendid screening of “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1922),” a Rudolph Valentino movie directed by Rex Ingram. Even sitting in the balcony, I could here the gasp of appreciation when Valentino initally appears on screen. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra provided a wonderful score for the film, which includes lots of tango rhythms. People love to dress up in period clothes for the festival, and it’s especially impressive to go to the festival party afterwards. This year’s party included tango lessons. Whenever I’m at the festival with friends, they always tell me they’ll go to the party “next year.” It’s only $25 and it includes a live 20’s-style band and fine food and drink.

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