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By Dr Michael Hammond Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton I took my BA in History at California State University Los Angeles, my MA in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia, and my PhD at... Continue Reading →
The final few days of le Giornate whizzed past with the wonderful screenings and music coming thick and fast. I’m back at my desk now with a wallet full of business cards and pages of notes from conversations grabbed at... Continue Reading →
Today was all about the wee ones. The Home Maker (dir. King Baggot, US, 1925, The Parade’s Gone By… strand) featured the three offspring of Lester and Eva Knapp. They are a loving couple and Lester works hard, if uninspiringly,... Continue Reading →
HippFest Director Alison Strauss here… or rather not here! I’ve decamped to le Giornate del Cinema Muto a.k.a. the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, in north east Italy, about 50 miles from Venice. My mission: to identify great films and collaborators... Continue Reading →
This afternoon’s screening on the closing day of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival of The Ancient Law (Germany, 1923) was an international premiere of the latest restoration of this beautiful, affecting drama about a rabbi’s son, Baruch, who is... Continue Reading →
It’s fitting that, with the opening night film in the bag, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival got in to gear with a programme called ‘Amazing Tales from the Archive’. This was a “behind-the-curtain look at the international preservation scene”.... Continue Reading →
This must be the very definition of a bus-woman’s holiday… five days attending the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. My mission in The Mission (geddit!) is to seek out great titles for HippFest, to hear musicians I’ve never had the... Continue Reading →