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Calendar, Night&Day More than slapstick

More than slapstick

We know you're on guard against hammy, dated slapstick. But this isn't that. Well, it is a little. But it's not only that. Or, it's that, but better than you think. We're pretty sure even a glimpse of the…
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Film, Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation: Pixar Vs. Disney

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation: Pixar Vs. Disney

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation Hooray for cartoons! While there's a lot wrong with the Academy Awards — the glaring lack of an award for stunt performers, for example — at least they've always had a category for Best…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beckett Sideshows

Beckett Sideshows

Scott Baker knows how actors pigeonhole the work of Samuel Beckett. “They see these serious situations and the elevated language,” he says, “and they think, ‘Oh, I must be serious.’ This is deadly. heroes were Buster Keaton and Laurel…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Buster, Bluster, and Blondes: What to See at the Silent Film Festival

Buster, Bluster, and Blondes: What to See at the Silent Film Festival

This weekend, you can see Clara Bow, Buster Keaton, Louise Brooks, Gary Cooper, and Douglas Fairbanks all in one place -- not to mention the work of filmmakers Ernst Lubitsch, G.W. Pabst, William Wellman, and Josef von Sternberg. The San…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review 4/23/2012: tUnE-yArDs Gives New Life to Silent Buster Keaton Shorts at the Castro Theatre

Live Review 4/23/2012: tUnE-yArDs Gives New Life to Silent Buster Keaton Shorts at the Castro Theatre

tUnE-yArDs Monday, April 23, 2012 The Castro Theatre Better than: Silent films without a score (and tUnE-yArDs without a guitarist). "You get to look at our behinds," tUnE-yArDs frontwoman Merrill Garbus said as the five musicians onstage turned their…
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Calendar, Night&Day Zen and the Art of Humor

Zen and the Art of Humor

One of our biggest problems with organized religion – and we're sure we're not alone on this – is its pervasive humorlessness. To our knowledge (and we'll admit that it's not that extensive), nowhere in any of the holy books…
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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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Film, Rep Showtimes

Art House

Artists' Television Access. Bijou and Bayside: Wakefield Poole's hardcore male erotic classics from the 1970s. Wed., Aug. 20, 8 p.m. Shutdown: Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, Castro Theatre. Valley of the Dolls…
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Film, Robots in Love

Robots in Love

Many will attempt to describe WALL-E with a one-liner. It's R2-D2 in love. 2001: A Space Odyssey starring the Little Tramp. An Inconvenient Truth meets Idiocracy on its way to Toy Story. But none of these do justice to a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Silent Jazz

Silent Jazz

Celebrating Club Foot Orchestra’s pioneering concept of performing live to enduring films from the silent era, SFJAZZ presents the Jazz + Silent Film Festival, a special all-day showcase of music and motion pictures. First comes a matinee of the light-hearted…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of March 7

The Best of the Best of The Electric Company (Shout Factory) Breaking News (Palm) Buster Keaton: 65th-Anniversary Collection (Sony) The Californians (Hart Sharp) Curse Death & Spirit (Asia Vision) The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (Warner Bros.) Harry Potter…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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 but Lovely

Silent but Lovely

While motion pictures say goodbye to their origins as pictures that move, and still photographs projected onto strips of celluloid give way to an all-digital, all-CGI experience, the paradoxical appeal of the silent films made over cinema's first few decades…
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Calendar, Night&Day Silent Night

Silent Night

In a loquacious culture like ours, it's hardly a surprise that silent cinema has gone by the wayside. Unbeknownst to many, however, there's still an American movie house devoted entirely to the pre-talkie days -- and that theater is coming…
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Zoom Lens

The Club Foot Orchestra Eleven San Francisco-based musicians known as the Club Foot Orchestra have made a specialty of steaming away the mustiness that can settle on revered old movies. They don't limit themselves to sounds of the silent-picture era,…
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wednesday july 12 Watch It, Buster According to legend, Buster Keaton was born during a cyclone 100 years ago. One of silent film's greatest talents (only Charlie Chaplin approaches his flair for physical comedy), Keaton the actor specialized in lovable…
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