Archive for tag: Douglas Fairbanks

SFSFF 2013 Premieres: ‘The Half-Breed’ and ‘The Last Edition’

12 August, 2013 (05:25) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

I surveyed the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival for Fandor a few weeks ago, covering the highlights and landmarks in brief. But it was always my intention to explore the films, and my experience with them, in a little more detail, time permitting. As it turns out, time has not permitted much opportunity, so […]

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Blu-ray/DVD: Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ and the silent spectacle of ‘The Thief of Bagdad’

20 February, 2013 (08:14) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Argo (Warner), the third feature from actor-turned-directo?r Ben Affleck, was released early in October, just before the traditional roll-out of high-toned dramas and Oscar-bait showpieces gets aggressively competitive, and debuted to glowing reviews, enthusiastic audiences, and impressive box-office. Pretty good for a real-life drama about the stranger-than-fiction rescue of the six Americans who escaped capture when Iranians stormed […]

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SFSFF 2012: ‘The Mark of Zorro’ and the Birth of the Swashbuckler

19 July, 2012 (08:40) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

One of the beauties of the SFSFF program is its balance of rarities and classics. I cherish the discoveries (or rediscoveries) that every festival brings, but just as valuable is the opportunity to revisit a well-known classic for a fresh experience under the most ideal conditions: big screen, live music, excellent print, and appreciative audience. […]

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SFSFF 2011: A Yank at Oxford – Douglas Fairbanks is “Mr. Fix-It”

20 July, 2011 (17:44) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

There is a defining contradiction at the center of Mr. Fix-It, the buoyant 1918 Douglas Fairbanks comedy directed and written by Allan Dwan, their sixth or seventh feature together (they made four films together in 1918 alone). Fairbanks’ Dick Remington is ostensibly a British student at Oxford and roommate to American Reginald Burroughs (Leslie Stuart). […]

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Silents Please! The San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2009 (Part 1)

22 July, 2009 (18:18) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

I’ve traveled to Pordenone, Italy, three times to attend Le Giornate de Cinema Muto, the biggest, grandest, most dedicated silent film festival in the world: eight days of morning to midnight screenings of the masterpieces, rarities, rediscoveries and revelations. Yet in my own backyard (more or less) I’d never been to the San Francisco Silent […]

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