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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Read EDF on MR. TURNER, Now on DVD

The Artist on Camera: Mike Leigh Recreates the Life and Times of a Great Painter in MR. TURNER

by Colin B. Bailey

The opening frames of Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner show the sun rising over a river with a windmill and two immaculate milkmaids, giggling as they walk. It is a scene worthy of Rembrandt or Cuyp, old masters Turner would have had in mind as he sketched the Dutch landscape during his visit to Holland in the summer of 1825. Continue reading


Read two critical perspectives on  The Salt of the Earth (Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders, 2014), by Stephen Goldblatt and Ken Light.  Salt of the Earth opens Friday, April 3 at the Landmark Clay in San Francisco, the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley, the Regency Cinemas in San Rafael, the CineArts @ Palo Alto Square in Palo Alto, Camera 7 in San José and the Century 16 in Pleasant Hill.
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