This Saturday at the Castro Theatre the San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents four programs of Festival favorites. Each will be accompanied by the celebrated Club Foot Orchestra. Program 1 begins at 1:00pm with an animated short from 1928 starring Felix the Cat (“He’s amazing, he’s remarkable–”) and continues with three comedies from the early ’20s directed by and starring Buster Keaton.
Program 1 @ 1:00 –– FELIX WOOS WHOOPEE (1928, directed by Otto Mesmer, 6 minutes) • ONE WEEK (1920) 23 minutes • THE BLACKSMITH (1922) 23 minutes • COPS (1922), 18 minutes. Click here to purchase tickets.
Program 2 @ 3:15 –– THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920, directed by Robert Wiene, 77 minutes). Featuring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover. The quintessential German Expressionist film, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari takes place in a disorienting landscape where a mad doctor and his sleepwalking captive commit a series of murders. One of the most studied and influential films ever made. Click here to purchase tickets.
Program 3 @ 6:00 –– METROPOLIS (1927, directed by Fritz Lang, 148 minutes). Featuring Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Froelich and Alfred Abel. In an extraordinary turn of events, Lang’s original version of Metropolis was discovered in a Buenos Aires museum and this — the only extant copy of Lang’s original vision — served as the basis for the 2010 restoration that returned 25 minutes to the film. Click here to purchase tickets.
Program 4 @ 9:30 –– NOSFERATU (1922, directed by F.W. Murnau, 94 minutes). Based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, filmic details were changed, including the vampire’s name, when the producers couldn’t secure permission from Stoker’s estate. In spite of those changes, Widow Stoker sued and all prints of Nosferatu were ordered destroyed. In one of the most fortuitous slips in film history, the film was in the public domain in the United States due to an error in the copyright notice and so a print that had been shipped to the US before the destroy order was able to preserve this incredible film with its extraordinary lead performance. Max Schreck’s otherworldly portrayal of Count Orlok contributed to rumors that he was actually a vampire. Click here to purchase tickets.
Click here to meet Club Foot Orchestra : Composer Richard Marriott and Club Foot Orchestra glorify the art of scoring Silent Film. The live accompaniment is profound, the experience is fire. The backdrop is the grandeur of the Castro Theatre and the films being screened are state-of-the-art digital restorations – with mind-boggling histories. For me – it’s as close as I’ll ever get to my fantasies about the film’s World Premiere. Picture it. Hollywood, 1922….
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