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Calendar, Night&Day Thank God for God

Thank God for God

Erich Von Stroheim and Cecil B. DeMille may not have believed they had a divine right to make movies, but on the set they were assuredly God. Pastor Richard Gazowsky of Voice of Pentecost Church is content to take his…
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News, The Snitch Putts From the Past

Putts From the Past

Art meets history meets miniature golf in Hayes Valley. By Joe Eskenazi It’s a shame that there’s apparently never been a windmill in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. It would have gone so well on a miniature golf course. On…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best San Francisco Movie

San Francisco's pastel charms and mysterious, fog-shrouded ambience have attracted filmmakers for generations, even before Erich von Stroheim shot Greed here in 1922, but few movies have captured the city's wraithlike spirit and impassive beauty as well as Alfred Hitchcock's…
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Calendar, Night&Day All's Quiet on the Film Front

All's Quiet on the Film Front

San Francisco has become ground zero for a culture of noise -- blasting jackhammers, the screeching tires of SUVs (fleeing a hit-and-run, no doubt), and of course cell phones. With murder illegal, options for the nerve-jangled modern are limited. One…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Life Is a Serious BusinessAfter three decades and some 50 films, David Michalak just may have hit on a new genre: the epic short. His latest, When the Spirit Moves, took 10 years to complete and entailed the construction of…
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Second Time Around

Greed Erich von Stroheim's blasted masterpiece Greed survives today only in the 10-reel version released by MGM in 1924. Originally filmed as a painstaking scene-by-scene translation of Frank Norris' novel McTeague, about a dentist gone mad for lust of gold,…
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Second Time Around

Silents at the Stanford One of the nicer attributes of Palo Alto's Stanford Theater is its insistence on reviving the lost art form of silent cinema. On the far side of the sound barrier films had to make a direct…
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Second Time Around

Silent Film Festival This Sunday, as it commemorates its 75th birthday, the Castro Theater turns over its big screen to the second edition of the Silent Film Festival, last year's screening of Ben Hur et al. having gone so well.…
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Blood simple

Three yuppies from Glasgow -- journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor), accountant David (Chris Eccleston) and physician Juliet (Kerry Fox) -- take on a fourth flatmate, who overdoses on drugs the night he moves in. Under his bed, a suitcase brims with…
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