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Thomas Gladysz
Thomas Gladysz is an arts journalist, author, silent film buff, pop culture enthusiast, Michigan-native long resident in San Francisco, and the founding Director of the Louise Brooks Society. Gladysz edited the "Louise Brooks edition" of The Diary of a Lost Girl. More at

Entries by Thomas Gladysz

Rick Geary's New Comic, Louise Brooks: Detective

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Comic book author Rick Geary is a longtime fixture at Comic-Con International. Back in 1980, he took home their Inkpot Award given to individuals for their contributions to the world of comics. And this year, as it has in the past, his artwork (The Toucan) adorns the cover...

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20th Year

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 8:04 PM

There are plenty of film festivals scattered across North America, including a number devoted to silent film. The Denver Silent Film Festival, Kansas Silent Film Festival, and Toronto Silent Film Festival have all made their mark in recent years. None, however, is as eclectic, long lasting, and well attended as...

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Two Earthquake Films to Strike San Francisco on May 29

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Later this month, locals will have to make a choice. It may not be easy. 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.


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Fair Reading About the Panama Pacific International Exposition

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 7:32 PM

This year marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (or PPIE), the 1915 world's fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and trumpeted San Francisco's recovery from the ruinous earthquake and fire of 1906.

The exposition, a grand event that drew nearly 19 million people from...

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Louise Brooks Returns to Detroit in Pandora's Box

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:13 PM

On March 28th, the Redford Theatre in Detroit is set to screen Pandora's Box, the sensational 1929 silent film starring screen legend Louise Brooks. For Metro Detroiters, it's a special opportunity to see one of the great films of the silent era on the big screen of a restored 1928...

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Hobo Author Jim Tully Celebrated in New Documentary on PBS

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:28 AM

Jim Tully is a writer whose reputation is on the rise.

Over the last few years, this once famous "Hobo author" has been celebrated with the publication of a definitive biography, a string of newspaper and magazine articles, reissues of his out-of-print bestsellers, screenings of movies based on his...

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Best Film Books of 2014

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Looking back, 2014 was a banner year for books about the movies. Whether you are into biographies, film history, pictorials, "making of" books, or critical studies, there was something for everyone. In fact, this past year may prove to have been one of the best years for film books in...

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Boogie Woogie Fest to Rock SFJAZZ

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 6:06 PM

For good reason, the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival describes itself as an "international" event. The 2nd annual Festival - which takes place Sunday, November 9th - once again features an impressive line-up of performers from Europe, Canada, and the United States, including the Bay Area.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Debut's Silent Autumn

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:07 PM

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.

The popular perception of movies of the Teens and Twenties being either stagey costume drama, silly slapstick, or something to do with flappers betrays...

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A Glastonbury First

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Over the years, there have been great performances and historic moments at the annual Glastonbury Festival. This year should be no different.

Along with predictions of rain, there are rumours that Prince will make a surprise appearance. The five day festival, which runs through Sunday, June 29, features...

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Disney's Fantasia at San Francisco Symphony

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 2:23 PM

At the time of its release in 1940, one critic called Fantasia, the animated Disney film, "an ambitious orgy of color, sound, and imagination." More than just a motion picture masterpiece, it is a groundbreaking cinematic tone poem.

This weekend, the San Francisco Symphony presents a special...

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Our Ramona at Our Silent Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:48 AM

There are many films to recommend at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The now four day annual event, started 19 years ago by locals Melissa Chittick and Stephen Salmons, runs Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1 at the historic Castro Theater. San Francisco's Silent Film Festival is...

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Natalie Merchant's 'Lulu' Latest Pop Tribute to Silent Film Icon Louise Brooks

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Natalie Merchant was in London last week promoting the release of her new album. The singer-songwriter performed sold-out shows, appeared on the BBC, and joined author Alain de Botton on stage for a conversation about her latest record.

One of the songs from Merchant's self-titled album (on Nonesuch) is a...

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Best Film Books of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:36 AM

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.

One characteristic of many of the year' finest works is their revisionism, or...

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Singin' in the Rain at SF Symphony

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 7:11 PM

It's one thing for an orchestra to accompany a silent film. It is something else all together for an orchestra to accompany a sound film, let alone a musical.

The level of expectation, as well as the technical and performance challenges faced by musicians accompanying a movie whose original...

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Boogie Woogie Festival Debuts at SFJAZZ

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Some consider it the tap-root of American popular music -- the propulsive rhythm which helped shape not only jazz and swing, but the blues and rock 'n roll.

In fact, its eight to the bar line marked all manner of American music, including early country and western, gospel, and even...

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Louise Brooks' Star Shines Brighter Than Ever

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:13 AM

More than 25 years after her death, Louise Brooks is more popular than ever.

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.

On October 17th, bestselling...

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Music to Murder By: San Francisco Symphony Screens Hitchcock

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 9:34 AM

Alfred Hitchcock never thought music should merely inhabit the background of a film.

Hailed as a master of suspense, Hitchcock was also a master in the use of music. The celebrated director knew music could convey emotion in ways images could not. The soundtracks to many of Hitchcock's best...

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Lost Movie by First Film Superstar Found

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:01 PM

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. This entertaining though otherwise typical 10 minute short marked an important turning point in a legendary career.

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Life, and the Sexual Adventures of an Artist at Fringe Festival

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:19 PM

What does it mean to be an artist? And how do they make their way through the world? Can one person's struggle to find meaning in life serve as an example for another?

Those are just some of the questions at the heart of a compelling new one-man play,...

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