|The marquee of the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco.The theater opened in 1922, and many of |
Louise Brooks' silent films screened there in the later 1920's.
|The 2012 SFSFF Program, which includes my|
essay of the history of Pandora's Box
Highly anticipated, this very special screening did not disappoint. I was there, and I can state this gorgeous print was a revelation. I have seen Pandora's Box many times, both in theaters and on DVD: consequently, I feel I am familiar with this silent masterpiece. Yet, sitting in the Castro, watching Pandora's Box on the theater's big, big screen, I felt I saw things in this new print I have never seen before.
As the star of the Festival's centerpiece film, Brooks graced the cover of the Festival program. The program also contains an essay detailing the history of the film's critical reception, as well as a shorter piece on the story behind the film's restoration.
Besides appearing on the cover of the program, images of Brooks' were also featured in a slideshow projected before the screening of Pandora's Box, while related music - like the theme songs to such Brooks' films as Beggars of Life and Prix de Beaute - was played in the background.
|These two slides also graced the screen of the Castro Theater. Since the late|
1980s, Pandora's Box has screened at least eight times at the Castro!
Brooks is a favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area.
|Before the film, San Francisco Silent Film Festival Artistic Director|
Anita Monga (far right) introduced some of individuals involved in the
restoration of Pandora's Box.
|After the film, Pandora's Box received a standing ovation.|
|Swedish musician Matti Bye (center) chats with Angela Holm and|
David Ferguson following the historic screening. Bye performed his
original score to Pandora's Box.
|Here I am with renowned film critic / film historian Leonard Maltin. Notice his|
pin, which Leonard pointed out was an usher's film for Publix, the chain of
theater's owned by Paramount (Louise's primary studio).
|William Wellman Jr. also attended the Festival, and introduced his Father's |
Academy Award winning 1927 film, Wings. His Father also directed Louise
Brooks in the 1928 film, Beggars of Life.
|Some of the Louise Brooks related merchandise for sale at the Festivals - |
including autographed copies of Laura's Moriarty's novel, The Chaperone (left),
and the popular "Fearless" branded merch. There were also DVDs and books.
|Following Pandora's Box, I signed copies of my Louise Brooks edition|
of The Diary of a Lost Girl. I also put out some Louise Brooks collectibles.
Sitting next to me is my wife and LBS Associate Director Christy Pascoe.