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“When purest night counts out its rosary of stars”

Alison Strauss, HippFest Director here, reporting back from the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) (1 - 5 May 2019). I know! Somebody pinch me. This was my second visit to the city’s loveable celebration of silent cinema, the... Continue Reading →

Hollywood Cinema and American Modernity in the Jazz Age

 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 Tired But Happy Giornate Blogger’ Scotland, 2018.

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 →

“Interesting picture ruined by too much baby talk”.

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 →

A Drama of Dishes and Discontent

If you read my blog yesterday, you will have learned that thirty years ago I ran away to become a film archivist. At that time the University of East Anglia was the only place in the world that offered a... Continue Reading →

“Be necessary to others…”

Back in the day, when I worked at a bookshop, I was responsible for stocking the film section (along with reference, plays, poetry and TEFL/Teaching English as a Foreign Language). In those days booksellers had a little bit of leeway... Continue Reading →

Handy life tips at an exceptionally friendly film festival…

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 →

Magic, beauty and 100-year-old 3-D films

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 →

Missing Believed Lost… Sherlock Holmes

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 →

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