In its 15th year, San Francisco’s Silent Film Festival runs July 15-18th at the Castro Theatre. Among the special programs is the inaugural music program “Variations of a Theme: Musicians on the Craft of Composing and Performing for Silent Film,” and Pete Doctor’s (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) presentation of his Director’s Pick of Arbuckle, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts, prefaced with a conversation with Leonard Maltin. Kevin Brownlow and Patrick Stanbury (of Photoplay Productions in England) will receive the Silent Film Festival Award at the screening of Frank Capra’s “The Strong Man.” Maltin will also interview the children of Hollywood legend William Wyler, who continue to support the Festival. The interview will be followed by a screening of Wyler’s boxing film “The Shakedown.” Maltin will then close the festival with “L’Heureuse Mort,” a French comedy about ‘a failed playwright, a shipwreck, faux posthumous fame, and forged identity.’ For more info, go to www.silentfilm.org.
— Sophia Savage