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Calendar, Night&Day The Killer Tramp

The Killer Tramp

The rap against Charlie Chaplin, voiced by fans of fellow silent-screen comic giants Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, is that he was sentimental to the point of maudlin. It wasn’t sufficient for Chaplin to earn the audience’s laughs; he had…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mute Witnesses

Mute Witnesses

The myth still persists in some circles that the silent film era was a bastion of primitivism, a tedious mime show of bathetic sentimentality and clumsy artistry. A single movie chosen at random at the cannily curated San Francisco Silent…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Trust <i>Bush</i>

Trust Bush

WED 8/17 My underwear says "Property of M. Leaverton." Periel Aschenbrand's says "The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own." Granted, she has the better garment, good enough to wear outside the Republican National Convention, which she did in…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Silent Is Golden

Silent Is Golden

San Francisco's enterprising Silent Film Festival marks its first decade this weekend with a solid three days of both rare and beloved nonspeaking cinema. One hesitates to say "silent," as every entry features a live musical performance -- organ or…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Give It a Spin

Give It a Spin

WED 11/17 Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, beloved poet and father of Sufism (an esoteric and mystical offshoot of Islam), once explained how to use music as a form of prayer to facilitate a direct link to the divine. "You need to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Loudmouths

Loudmouths

With the world spinning increasingly out of control, what better place to soothe those shaky synapses than at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival? This two-day event, now in its seventh year, is compelling cultural archaeology, unearthing six features and…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to…
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Film,

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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