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The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Oy Vey! It’s on the Way!

By Ron Merk Okay, so I didn’t do that with the proper Yiddish accent. Gertrude Berg I’m not! I hope I at least caught the cadence of how someone might say that back on [...]

July 15, 2016

Silent Autumn

By Ron Merk If you love movies, then it’s pretty much a good bet that you love silent movies, too. After all, it’s where the movies began more than 100 years ago, without [...]

September 22, 2014

Tango with a Star

Rudolph Valentino in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Last night, at the opening of this year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival, I had the rare opportunity to [...]

June 2, 2014

Tales from the Archives

By Ron Merk Each year The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents a program at the Castro Theatre called “Tales from the Archives.” It is a free event to which the [...]

June 2, 2014

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

By Ron Merk Once a year, a great team of people headed up by Stacey Wisnia and Anita Monga, dedicated to preserving the art of the silent film, puts together an amazing [...]

May 27, 2014


TREASURES, EXTRAS, and ODDMENTS… The French have a word for a person who can tell a good story: Raconteur. We can pile on the French adjectives — raconteur par [...]

May 27, 2014