The Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de paille d'Italie)

Live musical accompaniment by the Guenter Buchwald Ensemble


Castro Theatre Sat, Jun 4, 2016 7:30 PM
$22 general / $20 member
Film Info
Director:René Clair
Cast:Albert Préjean
Olga Tschechowa
Geymond Vital
Total Run Time:108 min


A man is on his way to his wedding when his horse eats the hat of a married woman who is having a secret tryst with a soldier, and the hapless groom must replace the chapeau or face the wrath of the lady’s lover. René Clair’s sublime, kinetic farce is set in 1895, at the dawn of the film era, and fondly recalls the techniques of the earliest silents. Pauline Kael called it “one of the funniest films ever made, and one of the most elegant as well.”

Restoration by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in partnership with the Cinémathèque Française

Live musical accompaniment by the Guenter Buchwald Ensemble

Introduction by Guenter Buchwald

Special support from the French American Cultural Society, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Co-presented by the Alliance Française de San Francisco, SFJAZZ, and Center for the Art of Translation

ASL interpretation provided