by Mike Dub and Daniel Barnes Every year, San Francisco plays host to a film lover’s weekend-long paradise: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival. This year’s festival, hosted by the glorious Castro Theater, continues its 18-year tradition of showcasing high-quality silent films with live musical accompaniment to an appreciative […]
By Daniel Barnes and Mike Dub Daniel Barnes: My main reason for putting together this festival, beyond exploring a few actresses whose films I had never seen, was to examine cinematic sexuality in the silent era. As I said in my festival intro, movies don’t create trends, but […]
Pandora’s Box (1929; Dir.: G.W. Pabst) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes Some people have argued that the black bob haircut popularly associated with Louise Brooks was first sported onscreen by actress Colleen Moore. This may be true, even if pre-fame photos of Brooks show her with an evolving […]
A scene from the third and final film in our Silent Sirens festival, G.W. Pabst’s 1929 film Pandora’s Box, starring Louise Brooks. Read Daniel Barnes’ review of Pandora’s Box.
It (1927; Dir.: Clarence G. Badger) GRADE: B By Mike Dub If A Fool There Was marked the beginning of the sex symbol in popular American films in 1915, by 1927 Hollywood’s star system would be every bit as tightly manufactured as the assembly lines that built the films themselves. […]
A carnival-set sequence from the 2nd movie in our Silent Sirens festival, Clarence G. Badger’s 1927 silent film It, starring Clara Bow. Read Mike Dub’s review of It.