The first silent film screened at the Festival (now an annual tradition) was The Scarlet Letter (1924) by the great Swedish director Victor Sjöström, on October 24, 1968. The film’s star, Lillian Gish, was honored with an in-person tribute two days later.
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Here you can read all about the Festivalís history, help us celebrate the 50th in April 2007 and just have fun looking at photos from the past. In FILMS, you can search by title, director, year and cast for any of the nearly 6,000 films we have shown since 1957. Explore our extensive collection of archives.
Send us your stories about Festival experiences and help us identify photos in COLLECTIVE MEMORY. In OUR HISTORY, you can read oral histories of the Festival from the people who made it happen. Listen to a podcast of Burt Lancaster interviewed onstage in CLOSEUPS. And just look around, thereís lots more.
READ about François Truffaut’s Festival tribute.
WATCH the stars honor Robert Altman and Dustin Hoffman at the 2002 Film Society Awards Night.
LISTEN to Ruth Gordon lead the audience in "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" at her Festival tribute.
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