Multimedia Classic Cinema Marathon

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The Gospel:

Two years ago we started a "movie night" event to watch classics of international cinema, selected from a list of the best film of all times, compiled from several critics, international awards and histories of cinema. This is both a "cultural" event and a social event: everybody brings food, we socialize and watch the film. This follows a similar event that was held 7-8 years ago in Palo Alto, which followed a similar event held way back in 1984 in Boston at the Exeter Theater (before the age of videotapes). The theme is "cinema as a social event and as a catalyzer for other artistic expressions".

The Multimedia Classic Cinema Marathon is an extension of this concept. It is a full day of old classic films, from the beginning of the century to the 1960s.

We rent a building in a scenic location for a full day. We show 6 masterpieces of international cinema (all six from the same period or one per decade?). This is fully independent event: self-organized and self-managed. Everybody chips in $0/10 (depending on personal income) and somebody brings stereo, projector/VCR/DVD, cooking gear, etc.

In keeping with our tradition, this is also a social event:

  • We schedule breaks for picnic, volleyball, dinner buffet, etc.
  • Everybody brings food to share
  • Artists are invited to contribute art for decoration.
  • Musicians are invited to contribute music to silent films and to the social events.
  • At the end of the marathon the building turns into a disco/rave till late.
  • Consistently with the theme of the day, somebody films the whole day so we can produce a documentary of us at the marathon.

The Holy Spirit:

The selection of films listed in this page was obtained by picking one film for each of the directors commonly considered the giants of Cinema (see a short history of Cinema). If you think that the film I picked is not the most representative of the director, let me know. I do not always pick the most famous film. For example, I did not pick Potemkin, I picked Aleksandr Nevsky. Any history of cinema has ten pages on Potemkin, but I find Nevsky more "modern" than Potemkin (I dare not argue that Potemkin is not important, of course). Same with Intolerance and Birth of a Nation, Modern Times and Gold Rush, etc. Length is also an issue. Availability on videotape/dvd is also an issue. Only one film per director. Etc.

The Promised Land:

Fort Ord, near Monterey, is an abandoned military base. All buildings are abandoned. You can rent a chapel for $275 a day ($180 for half day). There is open space between buildings. It is just off the freeway and five minutes from the beach. The chapel is big enough that you can use it for a cultural event, for a party and for camping.

"Hello Piero, You are actually talking to the person you need to. I am the Conference Center coordinator for the facility. If you give me a date you are looking at then I can check the calendar to see if it is available. We also have a web site at with the information. When you say 24 hours are you really saying 24 hours straight? I would have to see what you consider late night. I have to make arrangements with the Church when I do a late night on Saturdays. As for the screen, there is one in the Chapel already, the chairs can be provided, we do not have benches, there are 2 pews in the back of the chapel."
We have another building where the kitchen was located. B2 would accomodate 30 to 40 people. The price for that on an all day basis is $180.00.

The Films: Silent Cinema

Stellan Rye (Paul Wegener): Der Student von Prag (1913)
David Griffith: The Birth Of A Nation (1915, 175' or 124')
Victor Sjostrom: Korkarlen/ Phantom Chariot (1920, 89')
Erich von Stroheim: Foolish Wives (1920, 107')
Fritz Lang: Metropolis (1926, 115')
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau: Sunrise (1927, 110')
Buster Keaton: The General (1927, 78')

The Films: The 1930s

Jean Renoir: La Chienne (1931, 93')
Carl Theodor Dreyer: Vampyr (1931, 75')
Josef von Sternberg: Shangai Express (1932, 80')
Ernst Lubitsch: Trouble in Paradise (1932, 83')
Leo McCarey (Marx Brothers): Duck Soup (1933, 70')
Jean Vigo: L'Atalante(1934, 82')
Frank Capra: It Happened One Night (1934, 105')
Kenji Mizoguchi: Gion Na Shimai/ Sisters of Gion (1936, 69')
Charles Chaplin: Modern Times (1936, 87')
Sergei Eisenstein: Alexandr Nevskii (1938, 110')
Howard Hawks: Bringing Up Baby (1938, 103')

The Films: The 1940s

Preston Sturges: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944, 98')
Orson Welles: Lady from Shangai (1948, 87')
John Ford: Fort Apache (1948, 125')

The Films: The 1950s

Billy Wilder: Sunset Boulevard (1950, 100')
John Huston: The African Queen (1951, 105')
Vittorio DeSica: Miracolo a Milano/ Miracle in Milan (1951, 95')
Akira Kurosawa: Ikiru/To live (1952, 134')
Don Siegel: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, 80')
Elia Kazan: On The Waterfront (1954, 108')
Satyajit Raj: Pather Panchali (1954, 112')
Ingmar Bergman: Ansiktet/ Magician/ Volto (1957, 101')
Alain Resnais: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959, 88')
Michelangelo Antonioni: L'Avventura/ Adventure (1959, 145')
Alfred Hitchcock: North By Northwest (1959, 136')

The Films: The 1960s

Luis Bunuel: Viridiana (1961, 90')
Federico Fellini: 8 1/2 (1963, 135')
Robert Aldrich: Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965, 134')
Blake Edwards: The Great Race (1965, 160')
Ingmar Bergman: Persona (1966, 100')
Roman Polansky: Rosemary's Baby (1968, 134')
Stanley Kubrick: 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968, 139')
Sergio Leone: C'era Una Volta il West/ Once Upon a Time (1968, 165')
Sam Peckinpah: The Wild Bunch (1969, 145')

The Films: The 1970s

Nicolas Roeg: Walkabout (1971)
Bernardo Bertolucci: Last Tango in Paris (1972, 126')
John Boorman: Deliverance (1972, 109')
Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather Part(1972, 174')
Terrence Malick: Badlands (1973, 94')
Robert Altman: Nashville (1975, 159')
Theo Angelopulos: O Thiassos/ Traveling Players (1975)
Martin Scorsese: Taxi Driver (1976, 112')
George Lucas: Star Wars (1977, 121')
Steven Spielberg: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, 152')
Michael Cimino: The Deer Hunter (1978, 183')
Ermanno Olmi: L'Albero degli Zoccoli (1978, 185')
Woody Allen: Manhattan (1979, 96')
(Scroll UP to see future program, scroll DOWN to see the movies shown the previous evenings).

Day June 2000: Silent Cinema 10:00 Stellan Rye (Paul Wegener): Der Student von Prag (1913, 60') 11:30 picnic outside 12:30 David Griffith: The Birth Of A Nation (1915, 175' or 124') 14:00 volleyball break 15:00 Victor Sjostrom: Korkarlen/ Phantom Chariot (1920, 89') 16:30 Erich von Stroheim: Foolish Wives (1920, 107') 18:00 buffet dinner with live music 19:00 Fritz Lang: Metropolis (1926, 115') 20:30 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau: Sunrise (1927, 110') 22:00 party, music, dancing

Day June 2000 10:00 Victor Sjostrom: Korkarlen/ Phantom Chariot (1920, 89') 11:30 picnic outside 12:30 Fritz Lang: Metropolis (1926, 115') 14:00 volleyball break 15:00 Josef von Sternberg: Shangai Express (1932, 80') 16:30 Orson Welles: Lady from Shangai (1948, 87') 18:00 buffet dinner with live music 19:00 Ingmar Bergman: Ansiktet/ Magician/ Volto (1957, 101') 20:30 Luis Bunuel: Viridiana (1961, 90') 22:00 party, music, dancing