Marlene Dietrich in Kurt Bernhardt's The Woman Men Yearn For
Among the silent film classics to be featured at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival are Victor Sjöström's He Who Gets Slapped (1924), starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert in the newly founded MGM studios' first production; five-time Oscar nominee Clarence Brown's The Goose Woman (1925), starring Louise Dresser and Constance Bennett, and which was recently restored by UCLA; and William Desmond Taylor's Huckleberry Finn (1920). Taylor's 1922 murder – unsolved to this day – was one of the major scandals that rocked Hollywood in the early '20s.
Other festival highlights include John Ford's recently rediscovered Upstream (1926); the Douglas Fairbanks comedy Mr. Fix-It (1918); the early, German-made Marlene Dietrich vehicle The Woman Men Yearn For (1929), directed by Kurt Bernhardt (later Curtis Bernhardt); Yasujiro Ozu's I Was Born, But… (1932); and F.W. Murnau's Academy Award-winning Sunrise, starring Academy Award winner Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien.
Musical accompanists include Dennis James, Stephen Horne, Donald Sosin, and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
Photo: San Francisco Silent Film Festival