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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

George Heymont | Posted 09.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Things don't always happen the way one hoped they would. Although people don't look forward to receiving bad news, when it comes a-knocking at their door, many react with an astonishing range of emotions.

Other Families' Values

George Heymont | Posted 08.09.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

2015 may well go down in history as the year that traditional family values (which frequently hide behind the purported threat of an imaginary "War Against Christians") finally got exposed for the perversions of its loudest proponents' hypocrisy.

In and Out of Africa

George Heymont | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Ironically, two films recently screened in San Francisco offer such radically different perspectives on Africa that their juxtaposition is worth noting. One was decidedly old school; the other a fascinating documentary about one of Africa's most controversial musicians.

Silent Noir, Holy Noir

George Heymont | Posted 11.14.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival has finished and some moments of reflection are in order. In recent years, the musical elements of the festival have become almost as important as the films being screened.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

Your Cheatin' Heart

George Heymont | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some men are luckier in life than in love. Whether they become top athletes, matinee idols, or wartime heroes, their trust in the goodness of people makes them loyal to a fault.

The "It" Girl, Clara Bow: A Featured Star at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, July 12-15

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

No one needs to be versed in the social mores of the 1920s to appreciate Mantrap. So what if you're too young to understand the culture shock of women's hemlines being raised from their shoe tops to above the knees?

The Myth of the Deadly Diva

George Heymont | Posted 03.17.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

From biblical temptresses to blood-sucking vampires, from the sirens of Greek mythology (whose seductive singing lured many a sailor to his death) to the succubi who appear in men's dreams, women have been portrayed as man-hungry predators throughout the history of literature.

Second Chances, Unexpected Outcomes

George Heymont | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Originally intended as a military propaganda film, The Nail in the Boot's basic message is that sloppy workers are capable of sabotaging a country's national defense. Where have similar issues appeared in the news?

Rolling Down a River, Drowning in Denial

George Heymont | Posted 12.13.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The cost of maintaining a family secret often turns out to be far more dramatic than previously imagined. This summer, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival screened two classics that showed the devastating effect such secrets can have on a family.

Three Underappreciated Silent Film Classics

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The Bay Area has a large and loyal base of silent film fans, many of whom will descend on the Castro Theatre this weekend for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual winter event.

Should Rock Musicians Accompany Silent Films?

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The bottom line is that if the music commissioned for a silent film does nothing to support the work being shown on screen, then a genuine effort should be made to hire more talented composers.