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December 2, 2023

The Wild Cat (Die Berg Katze)

San Francisco Day of Silents, Castro Theatre

Director Ernst Lubitsch, in his wild early days, twists a standard comic opera plot—the handsome soldier falling for the daughter of a bandit chieftain—as though somehow Mel Brooks were directing a Strauss operetta on sets by Dr. Seuss. Pola Negri smokes in the title role as a capricious, dominating mountain girl; but all of the roles are perfectly played as over-the-top parody. For tickets, visit the SF Silent Film Festival website.

December 2, 2023

Safety Last

San Francisco Day of Silents, Castro Theatre

Harold Lloyd is a store clerk, trying to convince his girlfriend back home that he's made it big. When his idea for a publicity stunt -- hiring a building climber to climb the outside of the department store -- goes wrong, he has to climb the building himself. The movie is by turns hilarious and terrifying, as Lloyd runs into trouble on his climb, memorably at one point leaving him hanging from the hands of an enormous clock. At times during our premiere of this score at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival we could not hear ourselves play over the reactions of the crowd. For tickets, visit the SF Silent Film Festival website.

March 29, 2024

The Patsy

The Longmont Museum

Marion Davies plays the youngest daughter in a dysfunctional family, with a crush on her sister's boyfriend. But before she can work on her romance, she has to work on gaining the respect of her domineering mother (wonderfully played by Marie Dressler). A highlight is a scene where Davies tries to impress a man by impersonating silent film stars Mae Murray, Pola Negri, and Lillian Gish.

March 30, 2024

Show People

The Longmont Museum

Based loosely on the careers of stars like Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies plays naive Peggy Pepper, who arrives in Hollywood expecting stardom to land in her lap. But of course, the road to stardom never ran smoothly. Working her way up from slapstick comedy to pretentious artistic roles (changing her name to “Patricia Pepoire” along the way), her arc takes her behind the scenes in Hollywood’s golden age, with plenty of cameos from other major Hollywood stars and directors.

April 10-14, 2024

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Presidio Theater, San Francisco

The Mont Alto Orchestra will be appearing at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The titles will be announced closer to the date of the event.

April 18-21, 2024

The TCM Classic Films Festival

Hollywood

We'll be presenting a classic Buster Keaton feature at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood! Details to be provided later.