The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents F.W. Murnau’s silent classic The Last Laugh, featuring the live performance of a new, original score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO), as part of its 20th anniversary festival. This screening is copresented by Berlin & Beyond and the German Consulate General San Francisco. The BSFO will perform in the jazz-age Castro Theatre to a new, high-definition DCP print of the film, obtained by the festival from the Murnau Stiftung and never previously seen in this country. Widely considered one of the most enduring silent film classics of all time, The Last Laugh stars the brilliant Emil Jannings in his greatest role as the chief porter at a prestigious hotel, a position affording him respect and dignity until he is demoted to washroom attendant. The film’s emotional depth is bolstered by its remarkable technical innovation.
The recipient of a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the student orchestra composes its new works and performs as an ensemble under the leadership of the Emmy-nominated Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America), a professor of film scoring.
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about silent film as an art form and as a culturally valuable historical record.
Advance tickets to this event can be purchased through the San Francisco Silent Film Festival website. Reduced-price tickets are available for San Francisco Silent Film members and members of the Berklee community.