Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More Bay Area screenings

A couple of blogs ago, I wrote about a recent project - a record of screenings of Louise Brooks films in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last few days, I got some additional work done, and am posting what I have so far found regardings Brooks' three European films. I would appreciate knowing from anyone who might know of screenings not noted here.

Pandora’s Box
Bay Area screenings:  Surf Theater in San Francisco (Jan. 22-23, 1974 with The Last Laugh); KTEH Channel 54 television broadcast (Dec. 17, 1977 and Dec. 24, 1977 and Dec. 25, 1977); KQEC Channel 32 television broadcast (Dec. 24, 1977 and Dec. 25, 1977); Wheeler Auditorium in Berkeley (Feb. 10, 1978 withL’Age D’Or); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Mar. 7, 1981 as part of the series Organ Accompaniment By Robert Vaughn”); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Dec. 7, 1983); U.C. Theater in Berkeley (Sept. 18, 1985); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Oct. 13, 1985 as part of the series A Tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985),” accompanied on piano by Jon Mirsalis); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Oct. 29, 1986); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Nov. 17, 1988); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Dec. 4, 1990 as part of the series Surrealism and Cinema”);  Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Apr. 5, 1992 as part of the series Silent Film Classics”);  Castro in San Francisco (May 11, 1992 with Diary of a Lost Girl); Castro in San Francisco (May 5-8, 1995 accompanied by the Club Foot Orchestra, as part of the San Francisco Film Festival); Castro in San Francisco (Dec. 16-17, 1995 accompanied by the Club Foot Orchestra);Castro in San Francisco (Apr. 2, 1996 with Wingsaccompanied on organ by Robert Vaughn); Towne Theatre in San Jose (June 28, 1996 accompanied on organ by Robert Vaughn); Castro in San Francisco (May 18, 1998 as part of Femme Fatale Festival); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (May 28, 2000);Jezebel’s Joint in San Francisco (Feb. 10, 2003); Castro in San Francisco (July 15, 2006 as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with introductions by Thomas Gladysz and Bruce Conner); Rafael Film Center in San Rafael (Nov. 11, 2006 introduced by Peter Cowie); California Theatre in San Jose (Mar. 9, 2007 as part of Cinequest).
Diary of a Lost Girl
Bay Area screenings:  Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Apr. 12, 1981); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Oct. 12, 1983); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Oct. 5, 1985 as part of the series “A Tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985)” with Lulu in Berlin); Castro in San Francisco (Jan 22, 1987 with Sadie Thompsonas part of Vamps); Castro in San Francisco (May 11, 1992 with Pandora’s Box); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Nov. 5, 1999 as part of film seriesRevivals & Restorations”); Castro in San Francisco (Jan. 14, 2002 American premiere of restored print, as part of the Berlin & Beyond Festival); Jezebel’s Joint in San Francisco (Dec. 8, 2002 as part of SF IndieFest Microcinema)
Prix de Beaute
Bay Area screenings:   Palace Hotel in San Francisco (July 26, 1974 as part of Art Deco Film Festival ***); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (May 16, 1982 and June 12, 1982 as part of the series “Rediscovering French Film”); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (Oct. 10, 1985 as part of the series “A Tribute to Louise Brooks (1906-1985)”); Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (May 21, 2000).

I also included a few local television broadcasts. All in all, I think this is a remarkable record. The Bay Area certainly loves Lulu.

*** the film series was curated by then San Francisco resident Kenneth Anger. The series was adjunct to a major Art Deco exhibition on display at a local museum.

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