The S.F. Silent Film Festival Returns

By Chris Narloch

The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival returns for 2018 to the beautiful Castro Theatre, this May 30–June 3 for five incredible days of classic cinema, with masterpieces from the silent film era set to glorious live music.

Exclusive screenings include Greta Garbo’s first starring role in the rare 1924 Swedish film “The Saga of Gosta Berling,” the great Buster Keaton as a weakling-turned-prizefighter in the 1926 boxing comedy “Battling Butler,” plus directorial efforts by such masters of the silent era as Carl Dreyer, Yasujiro Ozu, Ernst Lubitsch, and Paul Leni.

This year’s Fest will also feature newly discovered footage of 1906 San Francisco after the great earthquake, which will be shown on Saturday afternoon, June 2, with “Trappola,” a 1922 silent film from Italy.

Live musical accompaniment for the various film programs will be provided by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, the Matti Bye Ensemble, and the Musical Art Quintet, among others.

For complete program and ticket information, including all-program passes, visit


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