Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beggars of Life screens at San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Two weeks from today, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will screen the acclaimed 1928 Louise Brooks' film, Beggars of Life, with live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The festival's Facebook page wrote, "#‎SFSFF21‬ is just a few weeks away! You won't want to miss our opening night film BEGGARS OF LIFE, starring longtime SFSFF favorite Louise Brooks and accompanied by the inimitable Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra."




Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 pm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco
Live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra


BEGGARS OF LIFE

Directed by William A. Wellman, USA, 1928
Cast Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Wallace Beery
Print Source George Eastman Museum

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.

Approximately 81 minutes

Sponsored by McRoskey Mattress Company

Copresented by California Film Institute and San Francisco Film Society

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