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'J'accuse!': Abel Gance Anti-War Classic + Lon Chaney & Bimbo the Gibbon: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

J'accuse! with Séverin-Mars. Released the year after the end of World War I, Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war French drama was a major hit in France and the U.K. Nearly two decades later, the filmmaker would rework the story; as it turned out, the second J'accuse! was released the year before another, much deadlier world war. The U.S. big-screen premiere of the restored J'accuse! is the centerpiece of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's 2009 Winter Event. San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event: Restored 'J'accuse!' gets U.S. premiere Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war drama J'accuse! is the centerpiece of the 2009 San Francisco Silent Film Festival's Winter Event, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Castro Theater. The recently […]


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'J'accuse!': Abel Gance Anti-War Classic + Lon Chaney & Bimbo the Gibbon: San Francisco Silent Film Festival



Lon Chaney Films on TCM

This evening, Friday, June 29, Turner Classic Movies will screen three creepies: The Unholy Three (1925), West of Zanzibar (1928), and Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey / The Adventures of David Grey / Castle of Doom. The first two are silent Lon Chaney vehicles directed by Tod Browning at MGM; the third one is a German production directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. I haven't seen Vampyr, yet, though if it's a Carl Dreyer film it must be watched at least once. The Danish-born Dreyer isn't the most accessible of filmmakers, but his films tend to be visually stunning. Indeed, Dreyer is a master when it comes to creating striking, unforgettable compositions. My chief problem with his work is […]


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Lon Chaney Films on TCM