San Francisco Silent Film Festival with the Club Foot Orchestra

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival with the Club Foot Orchestra

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GREATEST HITS WITH CLUB FOOT ORCHESTRA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, CASTRO THEATRE

SFSFF is thrilled to announce a silent movie blockbuster day at the Castro Theatre on Saturday, September 15. Four programs of favorites from the silent era all accompanied by the indefatigable Club Foot Orchestra!

Founded in 1983 by Richard Marriott, Club Foot Orchestra (named after a nightclub in San Francisco's Bayview), was a pioneer in creating modern music for silent film. Their accompaniment is thoughtful and expressive, showing respect and engagement in the images they compose for. Those who attended SFSFF 2013 will remember the extraordinary music Club Foot Orchestra and Gamelan Sekar Jaya set to the Balinese film Legong: Dance of the Virgins. For the September 15 program, Club Foot is running a marathon: Four BIG programs in one day! Starting the day out with the sublime Buster Keaton and the mischievous Felix the Cat (Buster + Felix) and veering into the world of German Expressionism with three masterpieces—The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, and Nosferatu—Club Foot leads the way into a deeper appreciation for the genius of silent cinema.

BUSTER + FELIX
Live musical accompaniment by Club Foot Orchestra
BUSTER and FELIX (Agile).jpg
Showings
Castro TheatreSat, Sep 15 1:00 PM
$20 general / $18 members
NO FEES!
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Film Info
Year: 1920–1928
Country: USA
Total Run Time: 70 min.
Description

SFSFF brings together two icons of silent comedy, Buster Keaton and Felix the Cat, for a deliriously wonderful program that will delight universally!! The short films include:
FELIX WOOS WHOOPEE (1928, d. Otto Mesmer, 6 mins)
ONE WEEK (1920, d. Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline, 23 mins)
THE BLACKSMITH (1922, d. Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair, 23 mins)
COPS (1922, d. Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline, 18 mins)

DCPs from Lobster Films


Club Foot Orchestra was founded in 1983 by composer/musician Richard Marriott. Named after San Francisco's Club Foot nightclub in the Bayview district where they were the house band, the Orchestra became a pioneer in creating modern music for silent film. Their accompaniment is thoughtful and expressive, showing respect and engagement in the images they compose for. The New Yorker writes, "This is music that bubbles up from the intersection of aesthetics and the id." Members of the Club Foot Orchestra include (in alphabetical order): Will Bernard (guitar), Sheldon Brown (woodwinds), Beth Custer (clarinets), Kymry Esainko (piano), Chris Grady (trumpet), Sascha Jacobsen (contrabass), Richard Marriott (trombone, winds), Deidre McClure (conductor), Gino Robair (percussion, marimba), and Alicia Rose (violin).

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI)
Live musical accompaniment by Club Foot Orchestra
CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Agile).jpg
Showings
Castro TheatreSat, Sep 15 3:15 PM
$20 general / $18 members
NO FEES!
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Film Info
Director: Robert Wiene
Cast: Werner Krauss
Conrad Veidt
Friedrich Feher
Lil Dagover
Year: 1920
Country: Germany
Total Run Time: 77 min.
Description

The quintessential German Expressionist film, Caligari takes place in a disorienting landscape where a mad doctor (Werner Krauss) and his sleepwalking captive (Conrad Veidt) commit a series of murders. Writer Michael Atkinson writes, "If cinema came to be the troubled, fanciful, sensual, neurotic unconscious of human culture in the 20th century, feeding us lurid, wild images and scenarios in response to our twisted inner hungers and greatest fears as we simultaneously feed it history, phobias, narcissism, prejudices, and lust—if then, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is something like the first nightmare, the first cave painting on the dank walls of modernity." One of the most studied and influential films ever made!

DCP from Kino Lorber

METROPOLIS
Live musical accompaniment by Club Foot Orchestra
METROPOLIS (Agile).jpg
Showings
Castro TheatreSat, Sep 15 6:00 PM
$20 general / $18 members
NO FEES!
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Film Info
Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Brigitte Helm
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Gustav Froelich
Alfred Abel
Year: 1927
Country: Germany
Total Run Time: 148 min.
Description

Fritz Lang's expressionist sci-fi masterpiece paints a futuristic dystopia that has had a deep impact on cinema history. Filmmakers like Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), George Lucas (Star Wars), and Tim Burton (Batman Returns), kneel at the alter of Metropolis. With cinematographer Karl Freund and special effects masters Günter Rittau, Konstantin Tschetwerikoff, and Eugen Schüfftan employing every fantastic trick of the trade, Metropolis's effects still dazzle. In an extraordinary turn of events, Lang's original version of Metropolis was discovered in a Buenos Aires museum and this—the only extant copy of Lang's original vision—served as the basis for the 2010 restoration that returned 25 minutes to the film!

DCP from Kino Lorber

NOSFERATU
Live musical accompaniment by Club Foot Orchestra
NOSFERATU (Agile).jpg
Showings
Castro TheatreSat, Sep 15 9:30 PM
$20 general / $18 members
NO FEES!
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Film Info
Director: F.W. Murnau
Cast: Max Schreck
Gustav von Wangenheim
Alexander Cranach
Greta Schroeder
Year: 1922
Country: Germany
Total Run Time: 94 min.
Description

Based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, filmic details were changed, including the vampire's name, when the producers couldn't secure permission from Stoker's estate. In spite of those changes, Widow Stoker sued and all prints of Nosferatu were ordered destroyed. In one of the most fortuitous slips in film history, the film was in the public domain in the United States due to an error in the copyright notice and so a print that had been shipped to the US before the destroy order was able to preserve this incredible film with its extraordinary lead performance. Max Schreck's otherworldly portrayal of Count Orlok contributed to rumors that he was actually a vampire!

DCP from Kino Lorber

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