As this new documentary shows, Jim Tully (1886-1947) was a larger-than-life character: stocky, short, and with a tussle of red hair, this rough and tumble writer was hard to miss either in person or on the printed page.
It has been a great big bountiful year for books about the movies. There have been so many worthwhile biographies, critical studies and pictorials it's hard to choose the dozen or even two dozen best books.
Silent films can transport us back in time. Movies from the early years of the 20th century are filled with details which reveals the way people used to live, work, think, fall in love, solve problems, act silly, and get by on a daily basis.
In Blancanieves, Spanish director Pablo Berger takes the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, sets it in Seville in the 1920s and recasts it as the tale of an orphaned daughter of an illustrious toreador.
There is a folk tale / fairy tale feel to this month's San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The festival's upcoming winter event, a now annual day-long series of screenings at the Castro Theater, takes place on Saturday, February 16.
Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies was published to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of the silent era's most accomplished, most popular and most beloved stars. Recently, its author answered some questions about her new book and the importance of Pickford.
In the coming week, Bay Area movie goers will have the rare opportunity -- in fact the first in nearly a century -- to see a film widely considered one of the most emblematic of the Bay Area's long-forgotten movie making past.
Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room is the title of documentary premiering September 5 at MOMA in New York. This fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking work tells the story of a childhood spent working like an adult.