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 Business(1929),” and ended with a showing of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Although I thoroughly enjoyed the entire festival, I must say I particularly delighted in the showing of Buster Keaton’s “The General (1926).” I consider it a perfect film, full of expert comedy timing and ingenious gags involving a railroad.
Anita Monga, the Artistic Director for the SFSFF, told me tonight that the Silent Autumn festival replaces the SFSFF winter event, usually held in February. Now everyone should reserve May 28-31, 2015 for the SFSFF 20th Annual Festival. It will be held, as usual, at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, California.