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Calendar, Night&Day Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers

For a portion of the population, “church and organ” are synonymous with “church and God.” The Lord didn’t compose His entrance on the kazoo, did He? Now consider, for a moment, what powerhouse emotions might be summoned if the instrument…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quiet on the Set

Quiet on the Set

John Ford was an early practitioner of silent cinema’s straight-ahead narratives, moving up as a journeyman in cowboy movies to a respected spot as a staff director at William Fox’s Fox Studios by 1927. But the studio had greater ambitions…
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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, DVDish Pause & Rewind

Pause & Rewind

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.) — It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-of doc almost as essential…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish New DVDs -- <i>Heart of Darkness, Nosferatu</i>, Unrated <i>Die Hard</i>

New DVDs -- Heart of Darkness, Nosferatu, Unrated Die Hard

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Paramount) At last available on DVD, Eleanor Coppola's 1991 documentary about her husband's tumultuous trek downriver remains, easily, the best film ever about the making of a movie and unmaking of a man. Francis…
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Music, Silent Cult Flicks Gain Volume with Live Orchestras: the Valerie Project and the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Silent Cult Flicks Gain Volume with Live Orchestras: the Valerie Project and the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Even before the 1927 premiere of the first "talkie," The Jazz Singer, sound was integral to the flicker of celluloid. Pianists would accompany serials at matinees, and pit orchestras would provide ambience and emotional heft to otherwise "silent" films. F.W.…
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Calendar, Performance We Are the Concert

We Are the Concert

SUN 4/20 Remember that weird (yet kinda cute) hippie chick who climbed a tree in California and lived in it for a while? Betcha can't remember her name. All right then, here's help: She's Julia Butterfly Hill. But good guess.…
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Film, Vein Glory

Vein Glory

The doomed are often a remarkably energetic and productive lot, especially when it comes to creating portraits of their personal horrors. Themes vary in intensity between slow self-destruction and grand devastation, but in vampirism the full spectrum of ghastliness may…
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Second Time Around

Films by F.W. Murnau Boiling clouds of gray herald the arrival of the demon Mephistopheles at the beginning of F.W. Murnau's Faust, one of the two films screening in the Bay Area this week by the late silent master of…
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