Silent Footsteps – SFSFF Amazing Tales Online

Hosted by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, I will be presenting a Silent Footsteps Zoom webinar on Sunday, June 6 at 12:00 noon PST, as part of its ongoing Amazing Tales Online series. The webinar is free (register HERE), but SFSFF welcomes new members and support. The recorded presentation is now uploaded to the festival’s online screening room.

An all-new program, my talk covers in part the hidden interplay between movies filmed in Hollywood and in San Francisco. Buster Keaton filmed scenes adjacent to several San Francisco landmarks, but in each case before they were actually built!

Working with Biograph scholar Russell Merritt, we uncovered surprising vestiges of many important locations from D. W. Griffith’s epic masterpiece Intolerance (1916), hidden for over a century, that will be revealed for the first time during my talk. Above, a teaser of what we’ve discovered.

I’ll also reveal how a film unseen for decades, restored by SFSFF, provided the Rosetta Stone interconnecting various films that led to identifying the most consequential silent film location in all of Hollywood.

Fun details hide in the background of so many vintage Hollywood photos – above, the far-away set for Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad (1924). I am especially pleased with how this program came together, and its many new surprises in store. I hope you can attend our Silent Footsteps Zoom webinar this Sunday, June 6 at 12:00 noon PST.

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6 Responses to Silent Footsteps – SFSFF Amazing Tales Online

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Thanks John I registered for the webinar and I’m looking forward to it.

    John, are silent films thought lost still being found? I would think they would be disintegrated by now. I keep a Google alert for Clara Bow’s 1928 Red Hair.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Also, John if you don’t mind I would like to reblog this on my site. I have some silent movie fans following me. I always like to ask before I do it.

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  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Reblogged this on PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture and commented:
    I know some Silent Movie fans follow my blog…please go to John’s blog for a webinar on June 6th … Hosted by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, John will be presenting a Silent Footsteps Zoom webinar on Sunday, June 6 at 12:00 noon PST…free for those who register. Please read his blog for more details…

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