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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...

GUESS WHO?

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.

Mary Pickford Tour Comes to Bay Area

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.01.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

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.

New Year of Silent Cinema at Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 03.04.2013 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

This should be a big year for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, in Fremont, and it's off to a great start with this month of early cinema in the East Bay. Here's what's playing.

A Chaplin Fan on the Chaplin Musical

Monica Edinger | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts
Monica Edinger

Successfully collapsing a life-like Chaplin's into an entertaining two and a half hour theatrical event is challenging indeed, but Christopher Curtis, Thomas Meehan, and Warren Carlyle pull it off.

Would You Wear This '20s Look?

The Huffington Post | Amanda McGowan | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Although she was affectionately called the "girl with the curls" by American audiences and played childhood roles well into her twenties, Mary Pickfor...

Once Lost Film Returns to Bay Area

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.19.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

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.

The Movies: 10 Must-Read Books Coming This Fall

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.14.2012 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Seen the movies? Now read the books. Here's a guide, ordered by date-of-release, to the big new releases and lesser-known titles which should pique the interest of film buffs and book lovers alike.

A Hollywood Fairy Tale Gone Wrong: MoMA Screens Documentary on Last Silent Film Star

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.04.2012 | New York
Thomas Gladysz

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.

Silent Movies -- When the Stars Were Intriguing

Mark Juddery | Posted 09.08.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

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.

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.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Ben Model on the Art of the Chase

Dan Persons | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

So it's finally come to pass: Like, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Mighty Movie Podcast has been around long enough to merit itself a special, musical episode.