On Location in Silent Cinema

2/2/13 to 2/22/13

The films in this series, shown in conjunction with the Second International Berkeley Conference on Silent Cinema, address the establishment of location as a cinematic concept by considering the various ways that it functions in silent cinema. All films will be introduced by leading scholars and accompanied by live music.

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Past Films

  • The Ghost That Does Not Return

    • Friday, February 22 7 pm

    Abram Room (U.S.S.R., 1930) Imported Print! Introduced by Anne Nesbet. Bruce Loeb on piano. The grand and forbidding vistas of Azerbaijan stand in for an unnamed, oil-rich South American country, in which a revolutionary is let out of jail for one day. The Soviet Wild West meets avant-garde design! (84 mins)

  • The Bargain

    • Thursday, February 21 7 pm

    Reginald Barker (U.S., 1914). Restored 35mm print! Introduced by Scott Simmon. Frederick Hodges on piano. Join us for the West Coast premiere of the Library of Congress's 35mm restoration of this deeply unconventional border-town Western, starring William S. Hart in his first feature and the Grand Canyon in all its majesty. With short Sierra Jim's Reformation, starring Raoul Walsh. (83 mins)

  • Love and Duty

    • Wednesday, February 20 7 pm

    Bu Wancang (Richard Poh) (China, 1931). Imported Print! Introduced by Weihong Bao. Judith Rosenberg on piano. This rarely screened tragicomedy from the Chinese silent era depicts a woman's sacrifice and the price she pays for abandoning an arranged marriage. Starring the legendary Ruan Lingyu. (152 mins)

  • Chang

    • Tuesday, February 19 7 pm

    Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack (U.S., 1927). Introduced by Linda Williams. A family struggles to farm-and to live-at the edge of the Siam jungle in this pioneering travelogue/documentary/crowd-pleaser. With Buñuel's Surrealist documentary classic, Land Without Bread. (120 mins)

  • Terje Vigen

    • Wednesday, February 6 7 pm

    Victor Sjöström (Sweden, 1917) Imported Print! Introduced by Mark Sandberg. Live music by The Town Quartet. Bruce Loeb on piano. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this adaptation of Ibsen's nationalistic poem is distinguished by stunning land- and seascape photography. With the director's Hollywood epic The Wind, wherein naïve Virginia belle Lillian Gish relocates to windswept Texas. (136 mins)

  • Études sur Paris

    • Saturday, February 2 6 pm

    André Sauvage (France, 1928) Imported Print! Introduced by Patrick Ellis. Judith Rosenberg on piano. Part inventory, part cartography, Études sur Paris is a city-symphonic Baedeker of Paris, as interested in the monumental as the derelict. With Boris Kaufman's short, Les Halles centrales. (105 mins)