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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.25.2015 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

With its many festivals devoted to so many different aspects of film, festivals goers in San Francisco are especially fortunate in their opportunity to take in movies others may have only heard or read about.

Louise Brooks Celebration in San Francisco

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.13.2015 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

More than 20 years ago, I stepped into Video Wave, which was then on Castro Street in Noe Valley. It was a Friday night, and not having anything in particular to do, I thought I would rent a movie.

Danger and Desire: 6 Great Lulus

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.05.2015 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Over the years, actresses from Eva Gabor to Judy Davis have played Lulu on stage and in film, while many others have sung the role in opera. Here is a shortlist of six great, memorable Lulus. Each has shaped the way we see the character today.

The Return of Baby Peggy -- The Last Silent Film Star

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

If there is anyone deserving of the title "National Treasure," its Diana Serra Cary. The almost 97 year old former actress is the last living silent film star. She is also an author of four well regarded works of film history.

Rick Geary's New Comic, Louise Brooks: Detective

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Comic book author Rick Geary is a longtime fixture at Comic-Con International. Back in 1980, he took home their Inkpot Award given to individuals for their contributions to the world of comics. And this year, as it has in the past, his artwork (The Toucan) adorns the cover of the official events guide and "Reader" t-shirt.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20th Year

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

There are plenty of film festivals scattered across North America, including a number devoted to silent film. The Denver Silent Film Festival, Kansas Silent Film Festival, and Toronto Silent Film Festival have all made their mark in recent years.

Louise Brooks Returns to Detroit in Pandora's Box

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.26.2015 | Detroit
Thomas Gladysz

On March 28th, the Redford Theatre in Detroit is set to screen Pandora's Box, the 1929 silent film starring screen legend Louise Brooks. For Metro Detroiters, it's a special opportunity to see one of the great films of the silent era on the big screen of a restored 1928 theater.

Hobo Author Jim Tully Celebrated in New Documentary on PBS

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

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.

Best Film Books of 2014

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Looking back, 2014 was a banner year for books about the movies. Whether you are into biographies, film history, pictorials, "making of" books, or critical studies, there was something for everyone.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Debut's Silent Autumn

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.15.2014 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

This Saturday's San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a mixed bag. And that's perfectly okay, because the event's eclectic programming makes for a good point.

Our Ramona at Our Silent Film Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.27.2014 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

None of the other Festival films were blockbuster like The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but there are a number of unusual and appealing gems.

Natalie Merchant's 'Lulu' Latest Pop Tribute to Silent Film Icon Louise Brooks

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Merchant's "Lulu" is the latest pop music tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985), a silent film star who suffered decades of obscurity and was reluctantly brought back into the limelight late in life.

Lost American Films Found in New Zealand, April, 2014

Connie Lawn | Posted 06.10.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

Some classic, silent American films were preserved by collectors in New Zealand. Thanks to their frugality and sense of history, the films can be seen by the world.

Best Film Books of 2013

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

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.

Louise Brooks' Star Shines Brighter Than Ever

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

The silent film star, famous for both her sleek dark bob and role as Lulu in Pandora's Box, is undergoing a revival. The actress -- her image and legend, are seemingly everywhere.

One of Hollywood's First Movie Stars, One of Hollywood's First Dope Casualties: Wonderful Wallace Reid

Kim Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

Originally posted at my blog, Sunset Gun. "Wally Reid was a 180-pound diamond..." -Cecil B. DeMille Wallace Reid loved cars. When not working in pic...

Lost Movie by First Film Superstar Found

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

More than a century ago, a petite and rather pretty young actress then known only as the "Biograph girl" and "Little Mary" appeared in Their First Misunderstanding, a comedy about young newlyweds.

Chevy Chase Is Having The Worst Luck

Posted 11.05.2013 | Comedy

He's Chevy Chase, and you're not. And if that means that you're able to read classic works of literature without the books attacking you, you're proba...

Silent Film Festival Screens Indie Film Shot in San Francisco

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 09.16.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

The one film locals won't want to miss at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival is The Last Edition, a 1925 independent production shot largely in The City by the Bay.

San Francisco Silent Film Fest Leaves You Spellbound in Darkness

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 09.14.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

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.

Rare Alfred Hitchcock Films Debut in San Francisco

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 08.11.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Today, when we think of Alfred Hitchcock, the films that come to mind are his taut thrillers and stories of suspense from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Pablo Berger on Blancanieves

Dan Persons | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

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.

5 Must-See Indie Films This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

by Leonard Maltin As Hollywood seems to be unleashing some of its worst pop movies on an unsuspecting public this spring, there's no better time to s...


Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts

That smoldering gaze, those curly locks -- do you recognize this young actor before he acquired his signature looks? We'll give you a hint: he is def...

Magic on the Screen at Silent Film Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.17.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

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.