Strand: A Natural History of Cinema
What does it mean to go to the movies? Through an examination of the repertory and revival era in San Francisco, the feature-length STRAND: A Natural History of Cinema explores this question while uncovering the hidden history of one of the richest moments in filmgoing. Structured like a visual excavation of the once-opulent movie palaces that stand silently around the City, STRAND explores the layers of history that exist below the surface. Its lyrical style incorporates contemporary 16mm film with archival photos and footage along while a number of interviews tell the story---people like celebrated film editor Walter Murch and iconic essayist Rebecca Solnit. With so many people going to the movies, and probably as many screens as ever, why did all these theatres close? Part analysis, part oral history and part urban travelogue, STRAND: A Natural History of Cinema celebrates the urban experience and the “collective dream”-moviegoing.
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