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Culture, The Exhibitionist Silents, Please!: See Five Silent Films at the Castro This Saturday

Silents, Please!: See Five Silent Films at the Castro This Saturday

The Silent Era has long since ceded ground to deafening blockbusters full of jump cuts and lens flare, but the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents will put the Star Wars fever on hold this Saturday,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Silence Is Golden

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…
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Calendar, Night&Day Legendary Silence

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 advent of talking pictures. The demonstrated cure for those ill-informed prejudices isn’t a paragraph of perfumed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Artists' Union

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 had already figured out how to assert themselves over the talent. The studio heads controlled budgets…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Bottle of Rum, Though

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 the Balboa Birthday Bash, its programmers screen The Black Pirate, a 1926 swashbuckler featuring Douglas Fairbanks…
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Film, Foiled Again

Foiled Again

It's been 85 years since Douglas Fairbanks slashed his way into the top tax bracket as the masked hero Zorro, and Hollywood still can find no reason to shut down the franchise. Technically speaking, The Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio…
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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 action heroes we usually see today. He's got the body of an acrobat, not a bodybuilder:…
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