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Funny Business

"Finally!" was my first thought when I heard that this year's San Francisco International Film Festival would include a special emphasis on comedies. The fest is known for being wildly varied, immensely thought-provoking, a tad self-important, and exhausting in an…
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The Searchers

"There's definitely a point at which someone my age says, "Am I serving any purpose by referring people back to the past?'" admits David Thomson, the British-born, S.F.-based film critic and historian. "Isn't it the duty of a new generation…
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Reel World

And Then There Were None It's official: Rachel Rosen is leaving the S.F. International Film Festival after 10 years to become the programming director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Hers is the third defection of a senior programmer in…
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Reel World

Sans Soleil Much like the movies they present, film festivals reflect the vision of one or two people plus the inspired work of hordes of assistants. Since one man's good taste is another's snobby elitism, Peter Scarlet has garnered fans…
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Reel World

Night and the City The San Francisco Film Society's "Boxing in the Movies" series doesn't hit the Castro until November, but a TKO has already been recorded. According to a statement issued (but not circulated) by the SFFS board of…
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Reel World

Money Talks "They were the last clean pair of pants in my closet," protested S.F. International Film Festival Artistic Director Peter Scarlet, spotted sporting a pair of Dockers Khakis. The telltale logo on Scarlet's hip -- matching the one on…
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