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…

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Legendary Silence

Contemporary moviegoers often view the silent era as a kind of crude training ground deservedly relegated to the attic (with great-grandmother’s scrapbooks) by the…

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Artists' Union

On a February day in 1919, four pissed-off heavyweights of the silent era signed a pact. Although the movie industry was still young, businessmen…

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No Bottle of Rum, Though

The old movie house out in the glamorous avenues is 81, which is the new middle age, in case you hadn't heard. To celebrate…

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Second Time Around

The Thief of Bagdad In the 1924 silent version of the Arabian Nights adventure, Douglas Fairbanks overflows with physical euphoria. He's different from the…

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