We’ve decided that we have to postpone the Denver Silent Film Festival. It’s both a hard choice and an obvious one. The health of every one of us comes first, and with all the expert advice to avoid crowds, we certainly do not want to endanger our audience or stage a festival which no one will be able attend. The hard part, of course, is that we’d put together a wonderful event, for a wonderful audience.
But we are already working with the staff of The Alamo Drafthouse to find new dates in the fall.
Please stay tuned and we will be in touch once we pick a new date.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We are all in this together.
The Denver Silent Film Festival
Friday, April 3
7:00 p.m. The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920, U.S., 107 minutes)
With Douglas Fairbanks
Accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Zorro is something of an early Batman – of course, without either a Batmobile or a Gotham City – but he does have a horse and a sword, and he does fight evil and corruption among the wealthy in Spanish-controlled California. And he also wears a mask to hide his own upper-class status. More than anything, though, Zorro has Denver-born Douglas Fairbanks, agile and magnetic, and that makes him unique.
Saturday, April 4
10:00 a.m. Clash of the Wolves (Noel Mason Smith, 1925, 74 minutes)
Accompanied by The Doll House Thieves
In his ninth feature, French-born Rin-Tin-Tin plays a half-breed (half dog, half wolf) who leads a wolf pack that preys upon cattle after a forest fire has destroyed the wolves’ natural habitat. Then, his paw pierced by a thorn, Rinty is saved by a human being and his life is changed.
12:15 p.m. The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström,1921, Sweden, 100 minutes)
With Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström and Tore Svennberg.
Accompanied by Hank Troy
According to a legend acknowledged by three drunken men, the last person to die in a year must for the next year drive the carriage that collects the dead. And in this stunning, touching and profound film, that man reflects on the life that brought him to this point. Victor Sjöström directed and stars, and the film so affected Ingmar Bergman that he used Sjöström in his own film about an aging man re-considering his life, Wild Strawberries.
4:00 p.m. Lonesome (Paul Fejos, 1928, 69 minutes
With Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, Fay Holderness.
Accompanied by the College of Arts & Media’s New Electronics Orchestra, with Donald Sosin, Gregory Walker, and Joanna Seaton.
It’s Saturday at Coney Island. A girl and a boy meet; they spark, and then, by a quirk of fate they’re separated. The story may be old, but Fejos avant-gardish filmmaking is not, and the sights of New York in 1928 are fascinating.
7:00 p.m. So This Is Paris (Ernst Lubitsch, 1926, U.S., 80 minutes)
With Monte Blue and Patsy Ruth Miller
Accompanied by Ben Model
In 1926, The New York Times film critic Mordaunt Hall wrote, “No matter how brilliant may be the picture Mr. Lubitsch produces, he succeeds invariably in inserting a transcendental stroke.” Enough said. Two couples, all cheating in Lubitsch’s magnificent view of sex and silliness. This screening is the premiere of Turner Classic Movies’ new restoration of the film – and of Ben Model’s new score.
Sunday, April 5
9:30 a.m. Student Shorts (60 minutes)
Each year, DSFF presents a program of new silent shorts made by film students of the College of Arts & Media of the University of Colorado Denver, under the guidance of Jessica McGaugh, Andrew Bateman and Jim Phelan. 60 minutes.
11:15 a.m. The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks/ Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov (Lev Kuleshov, 1924, USSR, 94 minutes)
With Porfiri Podobed and Boris Barnet
Accompanied by Hank Troy
Mr. West, a YMCA director in America, decides to civilize the presumed barbarians of the New Soviet Union. But because this this is a Soviet-made film, not American, director Lev Kuleshov decides to make fun of this American visitor. Kuleshov was a major figure in the Constructivist/Futurist movements in the USSR – and in fact is the one who “discovered” the “Kuleshov effect,” a fundamental principle of montage, or editing.
2:00 p.m. Mother/Mat (Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1926, 89 minutes, USSR)
With Vera Baranovskaya and Nikolay Batalov
Accompanied by Billy Overton
Pavel is a guy with a lousy industrial job and – in this film from the heyday of Soviet revolutionary filmmaking – he has no political consciousness. Slowly that develops in him until finally, at a crisis, his mother also realizes the importance of revolt. The climax arrives with the first hint of spring, just as the ice breaks in the river – a sequence much influenced by D.W. Griffith and his film Way Down East.
4:30 p.m. The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929, Great Britain, 110 minutes)
With Anny Ondra, Carl Brisson and Malcolm Keen
Accompanied by Hank Troy
In this late silent film from Alfred Hitchcock, two young men who are friends take separate directions – one becomes a lawyer, the other a fisherman. Yet they manage to fall in love with the same young woman.Hitchcock told Truffaut that The Manxman was “not a Hitchcock movie,” but it is in fact a fine moral drama.
7:30 p.m. The Scarlet Letter (Victor Sjöström, 1926, U.S.115 minutes)
With Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, and Henry B. Walthall
Accompanied by Donald Sosin (piano) and Joanna Seaton (vocals)
In the two films Lillian Gish made with Swedish director Victor Sjöström (the other is the1928 Wind), she showed what she could not with D.W. Griffith – her great ability to play mature, thoughtful women instead of Griffith’s infantilized virgins. Here, Gish plays the famed Hester Prynne, outcast and forced to wear that scarlet A for adultery in a fine adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s romance (he did not call it a novel).
Contact: Howie Movshovitz
Public Relations – CAM
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Denver
ABOUT DENVER SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
In the era of silent film, filmmakers first invented a new art form and then created a startling range of beloved masterpieces. Those films form the basis of cinema in the present, as well as being great art and entertainment on their own. Understanding and appreciating silent film is crucial to knowing our own society and culture. The Denver Silent Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating this extraordinary body of film.
ABOUT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA
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For Immediate Release
DENVER SILENT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2020 LINE-UP
Festival to be held at Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake April 3 - 5
Denver, CO – (March 4, 2020) – The Denver Silent Film Festival (DSFF) returns to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake (4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver) for its ninth year in presenting the best of silent film Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5. The festival will feature ten programs, including the premiere of a new restoration of the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch comedy from 1926, So This Is Paris. The restoration is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies (TCM), whose head of programming, Charlie Tabesh, will receive the festival’s David Shepard Career Achievement Award. The film will be accompanied by famed silent film accompanist Ben Model, whose new score has also been commissioned by TCM. Tickets for all films are now on sale here.
“I’m again proud and excited by our lineup for the 9th DSFF. All the films are restorations – Mother and So This Is Paris are hot off the presses – and the musicians are, as usual, extraordinary, said festival director Howie Movshovitz. “The color sequence in Lonesome will knock your socks off. I could go on…” Added Alamo Drafthouse Denver creative manager Austin Terrell, “We are overjoyed to host the Denver Silent Film Festival again at our location. This festival always proves to be a fantastic opportunity for our guests to encounter films that they otherwise would not have seen. I’m sure this year will prove to be one of the best yet.”
Established in 2011, the Denver Silent Film Festival explores the broad spectrum of silent film by programming a thought-provoking mix of films from the great silent era of cinema. DSFF has joined an increasing number of worldwide celebrations of silent film to delight, entertain and, in the most elegant way, to educate its audience in this remarkable art form.
SO THIS IS PARIS
The Denver Silent Film Festival is proud to announce the premiere of a new restoration of the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch comedy from 1926 SO THIS IS PARIS. The restoration is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies, whose head of programming Charlie Tabesh will receive the festival’s David Shepard Career Achievement Award. The film will be accompanied by the famed silent film accompanist Ben Model, whose new score has also been commissioned by TCM. The festival runs April 3-5, 2020 at The Alamo Draft House Sloans Lake on W. Colfax Ave. in Denver. SO THIS IS PARIS will play on the evening of April 4.
The 2020 David Shepard Career Achievement Award Recipient
Denver Silent Film Festival is delighted to announce that this year’s David Shepard Career Achievement Award will go to Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming and content strategy for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Since 1997, Charlie has managed programming of a huge inventory of films, both silent and sound. He also led programming and curation at the wonderful, now defunct, FilmStruck. Under his guidance, TCM regularly presents silent films, many of them rare treats for even experienced silent film viewers. Charlie Tabesh is a great friend to silent film. He will attend the entire festival, April 3-5, 2020 at The Alamo Draft House Sloans Lake.