• Film

    The Cameraman

    The Cameraman is a movie about doing stupid things for love. About the smell of a woman’s hair, and measuring the distance from her house to yours. That stubborn way the world tries to keep you apart, and the little tricks that you use to keep the two of you together. It’s also one of the funniest movies ever made. Buster Keaton was another one of those 1920s actors who could perform physically in a way that was mostly lost after the transition to talkies. His stunts tend to be considerably more acrobatic (and dangerous) than other comedians of the time. Never turn down a chance to see Buster Keaton…

  • Events,  Film

    17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival

    I spent the end of the week at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which is, as far as I understand it, the largest silent movie event in the United States. The program covered four days, and I ended up seeing eleven movies, one lecture, and a number of Felix the cat cartoons. The festival does a remarkable job of both brining in the best possible accompaniment, and keeping the audience up to date on the latest news in what is actually a full blown industry attempting to keep silent movies alive. And with that came both good news and bad news. ┬áThe opening night movie was the recent $700,000…