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Two Earthquake Films to Strike San Francisco on May 29

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.13.2016 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Later this month, locals will have to make a choice. Whether to see the latest earthquake disaster movie, San Andreas, or to see an early and possibly first ever feature film about the 1906 earthquake and fire, When the Earth Trembled, from 1913.

Early Animation: The Farmer in the City

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 09.24.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

In truth, there are scores of mice in Farmer Al's cartoons (as in other Terrytoons), but they are not mighty. The mightiness is reserved for the more or less human character at their center, not mighty as a character -- he is an oft-besieged man -- but mighty as a star.

Video Premiere: The Sea The Sea Spring Forward With 'Fists Full of Flowers'

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.20.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

As birds chirp and bees buzz, what cannot be denied is love, promising love. A smart, sweet and embraceable singing-songwriting duo known as The Sea The Sea convey all those feelings in a what's-old-is-new video that premieres here today.

The Original Vamp

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts

What if Irma Vep was one of us? Multimedia artist Michelle Handelman is out to pull iconic film vixen Irma Vep out of her mysterious, screen-dwelling ...

Stage Door: Chaplin

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.17.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Charlie Chaplin was the consummate artist: He produced, directed, wrote and scored his films. But his cinematic genius, coupled with his sex scandals and progressive politics, made tabloid fodder. They are also fertile ground for a Broadway musical, Chaplin.

Louise Brooks Stars in Beggars of Life

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 09.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Thomas Gladysz

Is there any silent film star as popular as Louise Brooks? The actress, best known for her bangs and signature black bob, seems to be just about everywhere these days.

What and Who (as in Doctor) Not to Miss at This Year's Silent Film Fest

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 07.05.2012 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Festival regular Leonard Maltin says, "The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is in a class by itself." And it's true. Here are 10 things not to miss at this year's event, which is set to start in in a little more than a week.

Strange Silent Film Screens in Syracuse

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

The Street of Forgotten Men will be shown at Cinefest, which is set to run Thursday through Sunday. Long thought lost, this "underworld romance" has seldom been seen since its debut 87 years ago.

Cruel and Unusual Comedy?

Sheril Antonio | Posted 05.12.2012 | Arts
Sheril Antonio

Ben Model, a musician and a preservationist in his own right, has made this his life's work and excels at it.

Movies Make Merry Month at Niles

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 02.07.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

This month, as they have every December for more than a few years, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont has put together a schedule of films which both celebrate the holidays and early cinema.

Movie review: The Artist

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Artist may be the year's most brightly imaginative and purely enjoyable film. It may also be the toughest sell. How many people, after all, will ...

A Tale of Two Festivals: The Kansas Silent Film Festival and The True/False Documentary Film Festival

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

One of the great things about being a film geek in Kansas City is that we are in throwing distance of a pair of two wonderful festivals that celebrate terrific movies from the past and first-rate documentaries.