• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

Here's a running list of upcoming screenings of silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis.

• Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. General admission $10 per person. Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

• Friday, Oct. 18, 2018, 8:30 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928), directed by Paul Leni, starring Conrad Veidt; Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass.; (617 876-6837); http://brattlefilm.org. Just in time for Halloween: Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Directed by Paul Leni, who pioneered the visual style used in Universal horror classics such as 1931's 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein.' See it if you dare! Ticket prices for this special event are $15 general admission; $12 students, seniors, Brattle members.

• Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, 4 p.m.: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Celebrate Halloween with one of the all-time classics. Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit stage musical, this silent film adaptation starring Lon Chaney helped place 'Phantom' firmly in the pantheon of both horror and romance. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt, directed by Paul Leni; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Just in time for Halloween: Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Directed by Paul Leni, who pioneered the visual style used in Universal horror classics such as 1931's 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein.' See it if you dare! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $12 per person.

• Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Faust" (1926), directed by F.W. Murnau; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Emil Jannings stars in F.W. Murnau's terrifying version of the classic tale. A visual tour de force, full of creepy characters and frightening images. Our annual 'Chiller Theatre' presentation for Halloween! Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Our annual "Chiller Theatre" Halloween silent film presentation. Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; Townsend (Mass.) Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, Mass.; (978) 597-1714; http://www.townsendlibrary.org. Co-sponsored by the Townsend Senior Center. Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself—if you dare! Silent film with live music; free admission and program open to the public.

• Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Tickets $8.50 per person, general admission. Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself! Silent film with live music in beautiful downtown theater that originally opened as a silent movie house.

• Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m. "The Toll Gate" (1920) starring William S. Hart; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. We wash the taste of Halloween away with a vintage William S. Hart oater. Eager to retire from his life of crime after eluding the law for years, outlaw Black Deering (Hart) is persuaded by fellow bandit Jordan to undertake one last train robbery. During the holdup, Deering is arrested by army troops who have been tipped-off to the raid by the treacherous Jordan. He manages to escape and flees south across the border to Jordan's own hideout. Fate pushes him into the arms of Jordan's long-suffering wife and Black finds himself torn between his desire for revenge and his passion for the woman he loves. Wonderful vintage Edison theater from 1913 now fully restored; shows silent films with live music every week. Suggested admission $5 per person for members, $7 for "not yet members."

• Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Tuscan Opera House, Dixfield, Maine; fundraiser for local historical society organized by students at Dirigo High School. The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is only one small piece of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience.Silent film with live music in legendary local venue. Admission charged: $10 per person.

• Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "The Wind" (1928) starring Lillian Gish; at Flying Monkey Moviehouse and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; www.flyingmonkeynh.com. General admission $10 per person. A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad. Towering, intense performance by Lillian Gish in one of MGM's last major silent dramas; told with visual style by Swedish director Victor Seastrom. One of the all-time silent classics and not to be missed. Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

• Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Three Ages" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent comedy to round out your long holiday weekend! Keaton's first feature comedy from 1923 interweaves tales of romance from the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and "Modern Times," i.e. 1920s California. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.


• Monday, Dec. 9, 2019: "To Be Announced"; The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501, A href="http://www.coolidge.org/">www.coolidge.org. Screening of silent film with live music, part of their ongoing "Sounds of Silence" series. More information posted when available.

• Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927); The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. German director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Rudolph Valentino stars in this epic 1921 tale of a family embroiled on both sides of World War I. Spec- tacular drama, plus The film that introduced the tango! A thought-provoking way to contemplate the end of one year, the start of another, and the passing of time. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m. "To Be Announced"; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Silent film with live music, on the big screen with an audience. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Tickets $10 per person, general admission. Director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Silent film with live music in beautiful downtown theater that originally opened as a silent movie house.



• Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, 2 p.m. "To Be Announced"; Warner Town Hall, Warner, N.H. Screening sponsored by the Telephone Museum of N.H. (Yes, New Hampshire has a telephone museum!) More details to come, but program will probably include Harold Lloyd's short 'Number, Please.')

• Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 5 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Campton Historical Society, Campton Town Hall, Route 175, Campton, N.H.; Campton Historical Society. Silent film program preceded by potluck supper beginning at 5 p.m. Film program to start approximately 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public!

• Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, 4 p.m.: "Pandora's Box" (1929) starring Louise Brooks; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Scorching silent drama starring the incomparable Louise Brooks in what many consider her finest role ever. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; (617) 625-5700; Somerville Theatre. John Barrymore plays both title roles in the original silent film adaptation of the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. A performance that helped establish Barrymore as one of the silent era's top stars. Silent film with live music, part of the 45th Annual Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival's annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon, which runs noon on Sunday, Feb. 16 to noon on Monday, Feb. 17. Admission charged. For more info, visit the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BostonSciFi.

• Friday, Feb. 28 & Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful two-day celebration of silent film with live music. Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org. (My 21st consecutive year of attending this festival!)



• Sunday, April 5, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Ben Hur" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Tickets $10 per person, general admission. In the Holy Land, a Jewish prince is enslaved by the occupying Romans; inspired by encounters with Jesus, he lives to seek justice. One of the great religious epics of Hollywood's silent film era, including a legendary chariot race that's lost none of its power to thrill. Silent film with live music in beautiful downtown theater that originally opened as a silent movie house. More information about tickets and admission to come.

• Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 100th anniversary screening! Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars in the still-thrilling original adaptation. Great crowd-pleaser that had an enormous impact on popular culture, including inspiration for the "Batman" comic book series. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.



• Saturday, June 20, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Girl Shy" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Celebrate spring with the original rom-com, a Harold Lloyd gem starring one of the masters of silent comedy and featuring an unforgettable race-to-the-church finish. See Harold's best work as he intended it: on the big screen, with live music, and with an audience. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, June 21, 2020, 4 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923); The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. The iconic image of comedian Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is only one small piece of a remarkable thrill comedy that has lost none of its power over audiences. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, July 11, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Planes and Trains and Monty Banks"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Rediscover forgotten silent comedian Monty Banks, born "Mario Bianchi" in Italy and who emigrated to America to become a popular 1920s Hollywood star. In featured attraction 'Flying Luck,' (1927), hapless aviator Monty is so inspired by Lindbergh's solo Atlantic flight that he joins the U.S. Army Air Corps, where it's one comical disaster after another. Preceded by an excerpt from 'Play Safe' (1927), a hair-raising chase sequence set aboard an out-of-control freight train barreling through the California countryside.

• Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Wild Orchids" (1929) starring Greta Garbo, Nils Asthur; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Steamy romantic thriller just in time for the humid doldrums of summer. An older man takes his young wife to Java where he plans to invest in tea plantations. Aboard ship, a young man (and member of the island's royal family) is immediately taken by the beauty of this mysterious woman and resolves to make her acquaintance. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Freshman" (1925) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Ludlow Auditorium, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt. We welcome football season with Harold Lloyd's blockbuster hit about a college boy who dreams of success on the gridiron. One of Lloyd's all-time best! Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall in Ludlow, Vt.

• Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Tramp Tramp Tramp" (1926) starring Harry Langdon, Joan Crawford; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Rediscover forgotten comedian Harry Langdon in his first-ever feature film. Riotous comedy about a cross-country foot race. Co-stars Joan Crawford (unbelievably) as Harry's love interest. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, 4 p.m.: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920) starring Conrad Veidt, directed by Robert Weine; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. A century after its release, the German expressionist film widely regarded as the world's first horror movie still has capacity to creep out audiences. See for yourself — if you dare! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Our annual "Chiller Theatre" Halloween silent film presentation. Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, 4 p.m.: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) starring Maria Falconetti; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Landmark drama that chronicles the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.