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Buster Keaton

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

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.

NOTFILM, But Still Samuel Beckett

Deborah Stambler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Deborah Stambler

It turns out that Rosset had reels of film stored under his kitchen sink, including rare audio of Beckett at production meetings and material relating to the unused first scene. So why is this important?

Neil Patrick Harris' Most Awkward Date

Posted 08.21.2013 | Comedy

Neil Patrick Harris parodies silent film star Buster Keaton for a very awkward date with a photograph. Photos are notoriously high maintenance and non...

WATCH: Man vs. Newspaper

Posted 06.18.2013 | Comedy

This bit of physical comedy is yet another reason that newspapers must die. Comedian Josh Fadem performs this Buster Keaton-worthy short film that sho...

Learning From the Masters

George Heymont | Posted 05.09.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

If you want to see an example of creativity as "intelligence having fun," watch the opening sequence from 1920's The Scarecrow as the 5'6" Buster Keaton and 6'3" Joe Roberts sit down to one of the most elaborately choreographed breakfasts you will ever see in your life.

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.

The More They Rehearse, the Better They Fall

George Heymont | Posted 10.08.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Most creative talents have a professional bag of tricks they like to employ in the course of creating art. From alliteration to asymmetry, from pointilism to pizzicato, these gimmicks help startle an audience and add to an artist's personal style.

The Other Silent Film To Win An Oscar At This Year's Academy Awards

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Did you know that The Artist wasn't the only silent film to take home an Academy Award at this year's Oscars?

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

Movie Review: Hugo

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hugo is transporting, a smart and imaginative treat that would make a great double-feature with Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. Put it on your holiday movie list.

The Silents Are Deafening

George Heymont | Posted 09.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The parade of film festivals through San Francisco's arts calender offers a constant source of entertainment. But if I had to choose one, my favorite would undoubtedly be the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

PHOTOS: Who Is The Greatest American Film Actor Ever?

Posted 09.02.2011 | Entertainment

The number of American-born all-time greats in the field of writing, painting, and composing is legion, but given the nation's relative inception (con...

HuffPost Video Exclusive: Erasure's "A Little Respect," Plus a Holiday Conversation With Mr. Pink Martini

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Erasure wanted to do something a little extra to spread light on this inspiring message of tolerance and to help raise money for an organization that is on the front line for gay and human rights.

Best DVDs of 2010: Silent Film

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

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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.

DVDs: Life on Mars, A Single Man and The Crazies

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

If for some reason you haven't watched the acclaimed UK original Life On Mars, it's all gathered together in one neat package with audio commentary, behind the scenes documentaries and more.

So You Wanna Write a Movie Picture?

Julie Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Julie Gray

If you find yourself watching a Buster Keaton movie and feeling very smug and intellectual about it, somebody needs to wallop your head with a dead fish.

PLAN ForYourArt, February 11-14

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Each Week, ForYourArt highlights select cultural offerings throughout the week ahead to help you Plan ForYourArt.

Is Blu-ray That Red-Hot?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

With time it was inevitable that the technological innovation called "Blu-ray" would impinge on my particular corner of the movie universe, and I would have to confront it, willingly or not.