Silence Is Golden

During the winter, San Francisco has it easier than a lot of other cities. Our mild climate keep us from freezing to death, and the season offers some of the year’s best (indoor) festivals and cultural events. Hot on the heels of SF Sketchfest and Noir City comes Silent Winter from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with a day-long program of silent features both familiar and foreign. Although the title is well-known in nearly every household, the 1916 live-action version of Snow White is not. One of the first features ever seen by the young Walt Disney, this rendition of the tale stars Marguerite Clark in the title role. The day’s screenings also include Raoul Walsh’s 1924 version of The Thief of Bagdad starring Douglas Fairbanks (with live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra); a selection of short subjects starring Buster Keaton; Mary Pickford’s last silent picture, a comedy called My Best Girl; and F.W. Murnau's monumental Expressionist adaptation of Faust. This varied program promises to leave no cineaste unsatisfied.
Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m., 2013

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