From the enduring legacy of one of Saturday Night Live's most beloved comedians to a lost-and-found 1924 silent film treasure and a hard-hitting joournalism documentary, don't miss these films playing once at SFJFF38.
Gilda Radner was an instant sensation when she burst onto the scene with her brilliant, fearless and uproarious SNL performances, and when she died after an epic battle with ovarian cancer, a piece of us left with her. SFJFF38 is thrilled to open the Festival with this endearing, exuberant and intimate tribute that uses rare personal recordings, clear-eyed journal entries and interviews with SNL cast members to bring Radner back into our lives.Read More
The economy in mythical Utopia is in the dumpster, and who is blamed? The usual scapegoat: the Jews. After the Jews are expelled, however, the economy, missing their invaluable participation, actually takes a turn for the worse, and Utopia begs them to come back. This 1924 silent Austrian satire is an object lesson in the absurdity of such thinking, and an unwitting prediction of the horrific events in Europe ten years later.Read More
Based on a treatment by studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, an early practitioner of the casting couch in Hollywood, Baby Face, is a provocative pre-Code film that stars Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers. Pimped out to customers in her father’s speakeasy, she skips town and “sleeps her way to the top” in a world of high-powered male executives. The film provokes questions about the relationship of female representation, of particular interest to reality in the post Weinstein era.Read More
$300 Members / $325 General Public
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