San Francisco Film Society and BookShop West Portal present:
AN EVENING WITH SUSAN ORLEAN AND RIN TIN TIN
Sunday, October 9 at 7:30 PM
SF Film Society | New People Cinema
1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)
Meet New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, hailed as "a national treasure" by The Washington Post and author of the bestselling The Orchid Thief. Orlean spent nearly ten years researching and reporting her most captivating book to date: the story of a dog who was born in 1918 and never died.
Join this special celebration of the publication of Orlean's new book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, and a screening of what Orlean believes to be Rin Tin Tin's greatest film, director Noel Smith's 1925 classic Clash of the Wolves.
Orlean will present an illustrated introduction to the movie, as well as answer questions from the audience and sign books following the screening. In Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, she tells the story of Hollywood's most famous canine and illuminates the history of the movies as well as ideas about war, heroism, success, and the roles that animals play in our society.
In September 1918, Corporal Lee Duncan rescued a five-day-old German Shepherd pup from a bombed-out war dog kennel in France. He named him Rin Tin Tin, after the French puppets given to American soldiers for good luck. Duncan, whose love for animals was rooted in a childhood of abandonment, brought Rin Tin Tin to California. The smart, athletic shepherd demonstrated some uncanny talents - and became a universally beloved movie star.
This is a thoroughly researched and masterfully written work that will please a wide audience, especially those who remember this noble canine hero. It is also an important addition to the literature of cultural, entertainment, and animal history. — Library Journal
In Clash of the Wolves - an action-packed silent Western - Rinty plays the half-breed leader of a wolf pack who helps a kind prospector defend his land from an unscrupulous claim jumper. The film was added to the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress in 2004, recognizing the cultural, historical and aesthetic significance of the movie. It has been made available in the National Film Preservation Foundation's DVD set "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931."
Admission is $12 for San Francisco Film Society members, and $15 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!
For tickets and more information, please visit sffs.org or call (415) 561-5000.