Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beggars of Life to screen at San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Beggars of Life is the opening night presentation at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival! The acclaimed 1928 Louise Brooks' film will be shown on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm at the historic Castro Theater, with live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. More information, including ticket availability, may be found at HERE.

Beggars of Life first showed at the Castro Theater on February 17, 1929. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screened it 2007.

The SF Silent Film Festival site notes "Louise Brooks, in her best American film, is luminous as a freight-train-hopping runaway who dresses in a flat cap and trousers to escape capture by the police. She joins up with young vagabond Richard Arlen, and along the way they encounter a hobo encampment and its charismatic leader, played by Wallace Beery in a performance that Brooks later called “a little masterpiece.” William A. Wellman, whose Wings (1927) had just won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture, directs with nuance and grace."

Check out Wayne Shellabarger's groovy art for the Silent Film Festival schedule. I hope this becomes a poster!

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