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.
You've probably heard old-timers talk about how movie stars aren't as good as they used to be. This is a little unfair -- plenty of fine actors are working in the movies -- but in one respect, the new stars really aren't a patch on the stars of yore.
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.
Brooks has become a kind of a 20th-century icon, shorthand and symbol for the Jazz Age. In publishing, her iconic image has graced the covers of an increasing number of books -- many of which, notably, are not about the actress or the movies.
Jean Dujardin, who won nearly every Best Actor award around the world for his portrayal of fading star George Valentin, prepared for his role by watching classic silent films and by studying silent era actors, notably Douglas Fairbanks.
Here is the line-up for the 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which is set to take place July 12-15. Many of the prints set to be screened are restorations. All programs feature live musical accompaniment.