Sunday, June 7, 2015

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival (With Victor Morton)

"If it had been seen, we would all know this film backwards and forwards."

Peter may not have been able to attend the Cannes Film Festival this year, but a five hour drive to San Francisco resulted in discovering some of the most amazing and groundbreaking works of cinema...all made 80 years ago, and in a few cases, over a 100! Former podcast guest Victor Morton joins the podcast to discuss the 20th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, a five day event at the Castro Theatre, premiering new restorations and discoveries from an era of movies in which new artifacts are constantly being found and challenging the history of moving image aesthetics as we know it. From a silent version of a sound classic, to the Rube Goldberg of silent comedy, to gangs of women and quarreling children—Victor and Peter stand in awe of the work of filmmakers they had never even heard of before, and go in depth to films that with some time and effort could become part of the new canon of silent cinema.

0:00-13:37 Opening / All Quiet on The Western Front (1930)
13:54-23:39  A Trip Down Market Street (1906)
23:55-37:33 Visages D'Enfants (1925)
37:55-39:49 Mubi Sponsorship
40:07-51:50 Shorts by Charley Bowers (1926-1928)
52:14-1:00:20 Norrtullsligan (1923)
1:04:46 -1:17:37 The Swallow and the Titmouse (1920)
1:17:40-1:19:34 Close / Outtake
Read Victor Morton on his blog and check him out on Twitter.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Home Page for the SF Silent Film Festival
-All Quiet on The Western Front
-Information on the practice of the benshi in Japan
-A version of A Trip Down Market Street is on YouTube
-Lobster Films
-Tsai Ming-Liang's Walker (2012)
-The final "trolly-tram" chase in Speedy (1928)
-Visages D'Enfants
-Information on the Charley Bowers program
-One of the Bowers shorts, There It Is!, is on YouTube
-The Swallow and the Titmouse
-Information on the Ommegang Festival

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