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Press Release: December 8, 2010

Media Contact: Anita Monga 510-843-4245,

For Immediate Release

Silent Film Festival Winter Event
February 12 at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco

The Silent Film Festival is pleased to announce our 6th Annual Winter Event, which will take place on Saturday, February 12 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, San Francisco).

Three wonderful programs will grace the Castro’s big screen with extraordinary musical accompaniment — the embodiment of what Kevin Brownlow calls “living cinema.”

Our early program It’s Mutual (1:00 pm, $15) is a collection of sparkling shorts by Charlie Chaplin, made during his stint at the Mutual Film Corporation where he honed his craft and became the genius director we think of today. The shorts — The Pawnshop, The Rink, and The Adventurer — contain some of the funniest moments ever put to screen, and are a glimpse into the development of this master of cinema. And supplying the perfect accompaniment to Chaplin’s brilliance will be Donald Sosin at the baby grand piano. 35mm film prints from the David Shepard Collection.

Continuing our tradition of presenting world-class blockbusters at the Winter Event afternoon show, we present Marcel L’Herbier’s L’Argent (3:30 pm, $15) accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Greed and sex drive L’Herbier’s adaptation of Emile Zola’s celebrated novel about financial speculation. The excess of the story is mirrored in the filmmaking — opulent sets, breathtaking camerawork, and a rhythm that conveys glamour and modernity. With superb performances by Brigette Helm and Pierre Alcover, the film has been magnificently restored and is a true revelation! Our 35mm print comes from Archives Françaises du Film, with special permission by Marie-Ange L’Herbier, the director’s daughter.

The evening show, La Bohème (8:00 pm, $17) is devoted to the one of the themes movies have excelled at from the beginning — the love story! This eternal romance set in bohemian Paris of the 1830s has been filmed many times, but King Vidor’s classic starring Lillian Gish as Mimi and John Gilbert as Rodolphe is the definitive version. New 35mm print courtesy of Stanford Theatre Foundation and UCLA Film and Television Archive. The Master of the Mighty Wurlitzer, Dennis James, will accompany this perfect Valentine Day weekend fare.

At 6:30 there will be a Winter Event Celebration Party ($20) on the Castro’s mezzanine. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, hearty drinks, delightful entertainment, and pleasing conversation to be had by all!

For tickets and more information, please visit the Silent Film Festival.

For images, please contact:
Anita Monga, Artistic Director
Telephone: 510-843-4245


The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting treasures from the silent era with live musical accompaniment, to educate the public about silent film as an art form and as a culturally valuable historical record.

Silent filmmakers produced masterpieces and crowd-thrilling entertainments. Remarkable for their artistry and their inestimable value as historical documents, silent films show us how our ancestors thought, spoke, dressed and lived. It is through these films that the world first came to love movies, and learned how to appreciate them as art. They have influenced every generation of filmmakers, and continue to inspire audiences nearly a century after they were made.

The 6th Annual Winter Event will take place February 12, 2011 at the Castro Theatre.

The 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place July 14-17, 2011 at the Castro Theatre. Reserve the date!

For more information, please visit the Silent Film Festival website.

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