Upon arriving at the festival I was greeted by the festival's president Robert Byrne. Of course my fellow film bloggers came out for the festival as well. My partner in crime Jason Wiener from Jason Watches Movies was there, and so was my good friend Lara Gabrielle from Backlots! Around 6:30pm, the doors opened and we all made our way to the front row.
The festival began with an introduction from the SFSFF's president Robert Byrne. He greeted the sold out audience and thanked all the sponsors who helped make the festival a reality! Then it was time for the opening night film!
|Louise Brooks in her last film PRIX DE BEAUTE.|
Now while her films with G.W. Pabst are more well known (PANDORA'S BOX and DIARY OF A LOST GIRL), this film may be more known for it's talkie version, which came out a year after the silent version. However, in the talkie, Louis Brooks' voice is dubbed (and poorly at that), so if you've only seen that version of the film, you are missing out on a silent classic! At this point in film history, sound films are now starting to become a thing of the past. With the release of THE JAZZ SINGER in 1927, audiences were now wanting to hear the movies talk. By now, most movie theaters have been installed with the proper sound equipment for talkies. Hence the dubbed sound version of this film, which runs about twenty minutes shorter than the silent version!
Providing the musical accompaniment was the versatile Stephen Horne. Folks, to see this man play the grand piano is like listening to angels sing! His score for the film was brilliant!!
After the film, we all made our way to the after party, which was held yet again at the McRoskey Mattress Company building down on Market Street! There were food, fine wines and some very good micro beers for the guests to enjoy while listening to great music performed by The Frisky Frolics. I had a nice buzz going the entire night. Hey, I'm on vacation this week! I'm gonna party it up people!!
What a night I had! And there's still three more days of silent films to watch! So come on out to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, here at the Castro Theatre! To view the festival's film schedule, purchase tickets and passes, location of hotels to stay at during the festival, please visit their official website at www.silentfilm.org.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!