BUFS or the Berkeley Underground Film Society is an all ages club for collectors, researchers, and film enthusiasts in the East Bay and San Francisco area. Our goal is to review and share a selective film history of movies on film. Every Sunday, we screen buried, rarely projected, or otherwise obscure 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm prints in our collection.

DOORS 7:00PM - FILM 7:30PM

This month:

01-06 The Story of Silent Serials (1914) 8mm/Musical Accompaniment

The Grit of the GIrl Telegrapher (1912) and Part 9 from the Hazards of Helen serial; The Leap from the Water Tower (1914).  We end the program with the first installment of Pearl White’s The Perils of Pauline (1914) Through Air and Fire.

01-13 Orphans of the Storm (1921) 8mm/Musical Accompaniment
Henriette and Louise, a foundling, are raised together as sisters. When Louise goes blind, Henriette swears to take care of her forever. They go to Paris to see if Louise's blindness can be cured, but are separated when an aristocrat lusts after Henriette and abducts her. Only Chevalier de Vaudrey is kind to her, and they fall in love.

The French Revolution replaces the corrupt Aristocracy with the equally corrupt Robespierre. De Vaudrey, who has always been good to peasants, is condemned to death for being an aristocrat, and Henriette for harboring him. Will revolutionary hero Danton, the only voice for mercy in the new regime, be able to save them from the guillotine?

This was the last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish, and is often considered Griffith's last major commercial success, after box office hits such as Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and Broken Blossoms.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Adolphe d'Ennery (novel), Eugène Cormon (novel)
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish and Joseph Schildkraut

01-20 Our Hospitality (1923) 8mm/Musical Accompaniment
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.

This is the only film to feature three generations of Keatons. Buster's father plays a train engineer while Buster's infant son plays a baby version of Buster in the film's prologue. Keaton's wife Natalie was pregnant with their second child during filming, and late in the production she had to be filmed to hide her growing size.

Directors: John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton
Writers: Jean C. Havez (story), Clyde Bruckman (story)
Stars: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge and Joe Keaton

01-27 The Iron Mask (1929) 16mm/Sound
The 1929 part-talkie version, titled The Iron Mask, was the first talking picture starring Douglas Fairbanks, though until recently it was usually shown in a silent version. The film stars Fairbanks as d'Artagnan, Marguerite De La Motte as his beloved Constance (who is killed early in the film to protect the secret that the King has a twin brother), Nigel De Brulier as the scheming Cardinal Richelieu, and Ulrich Haupt as the evil Count De Rochefort. William Bakewell appeared as the royal twins.

Fairbanks lavished resources on his final silent film, with the knowledge he was bidding farewell to his beloved genre. This marks the only time where Fairbanks's character dies at the end of the film, with the closing scene depicting the once-again youthful Musketeers all reunited in death, moving on (as the final title says) to find "greater adventure beyond".

Director: Allan Dwan
Writers: Lotta Woods (scenario editor), Douglas Fairbanks(story)
Stars:Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Douglas Fairbanks and Dorothy Revier


Sunday, 06 January, 2013
07:00 PM
10:00 PM

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