A musician, compiler and composer explains how he scored a silent film for today’s audience.

by Rodney Sauer

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra was commissioned to create two new scores for the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, one of which is the newly restored 1926 film Silence. It shows at the Castro Theatre on Sunday, June 4 at 12:00 Noon.

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Glass Slide courtesy of Rob Byrne

One print of Silence is known to survive at the Cinémathèque Française. The Cinémathèque, Rob Byrne, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival collaborated to have the surviving print scanned, digitally repaired and cleaned, translated from French back into the original English, then printed to film for exhibition and preservation.

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Breaking News! Kim Novak, VERTIGO and the San Francisco Symphony Live!

novak-vertigo It has just been announced that Kim Novak will appear before each presentation of The San Francisco Symphony performing a live orchestral accompaniment of Bernard Herrmann’s score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo. The classic film, set in San Francisco, was named “The Greatest Film of All Time” in the most recent Sight & Sound critic’s poll. Continue reading