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SF Chronicle: SFIFF’s 50 Memorable Years

SF Chronicle: SFIFF's 50 Memorable Years

A golden anniversary calls for cracking open those scrapbooks. To celebrate the San Francisco International Film Festival‘s 50th year, we’ll recount some memorable events, tidbits and gossip from every year of the festival, beginning today with its first opening night in 1957. The years will be presented in chronological order in daily Datebook until April 26, when this year’s festival begins. The inaugural San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off Dec. 4, 1957, at the Metro theater. Congratulatory telegrams are read from, among others, Vice President Richard Nixon, who is assumed to have heard about the opening from San Francisco Mayor George Christopher… Ruth Stein reports.

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