• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • Sunday, June 7, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Noah's Ark" (1928) starring Dolores Costello, George O'Brien; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Big budget Hollywood Biblical epic that uses the story of Noah's Ark to probe the carnage of World War I. Part-talkie notorious for spectacular flood sequences in which extras actually drowned! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. Rescheduled from Sunday, April 12.

CANCELLED • Thursday, June 11, 2020, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. Details to come! Part of the Coolidge's long-running 'Sounds of Silents' series.

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • Sunday, June 14, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of 'Silents, Please!,' a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Harry Houdini Double Feature"; 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. Rare surviving films from the great illusionist's brief movie career. In 'Terror Island' (1920) Houdini stars as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves; in 'The Man From Beyond' (1922), Houdini plays a man frozen 100 years in the Arctic who returns to civilization to reclaim his reincarnated love. Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

CANCELLED • Friday, June 19, 2020, 9 a.m.: Silent film program for students at Great Brook Middle School at Antrim Town Hall in Antrim, N.H. Our 10th annual presentation to some of the brightest kids in southern New Hampshire! Program details to be announced.

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • 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.

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • Sunday, June 21, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) starring Douglas Fairbanks; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Eye-popping spectacle starring swashbuckling star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in top form as Arabian adventurer who must complete a series of epic tasks to save his beloved. Timeless tale told imaginatively and on a grand scale, complete with cutting edge special effects. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. Chaplin's breakthrough feature, a story with "a smile, and perhaps a tear," blends comedy and pathos in equal measures; five-year-old Coogan delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. 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.

POSTPONED to FUTURE DATE TBA • Sunday, June 28, 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.

• Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.: "Silent Film Program"; Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, Mass. Private function.

• Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7 p.m.: "The General" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece that tells the story of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies. One of the great films of any era! 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.

• 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.



• Sunday, July 19, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Three Musketeers" (1921) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Original screen adaptation that set the bar for movie versions of The Three Musketeers as well as for the swashbuckler genre itself. An action-adventure tale of a young Gascon, D'Artagnan, whose dream is to join the King's Musketeers, and travels to Paris to do so. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 25, 2020: The Western New York Movie Expo, Delavan Hotel and Spa, 6164 Transit Road in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. Three-day successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Details TBA, but prepare for another multi-day avalanche of vintage film and collectibles in the City of Light, or the Nickel City, or the Queen City, or...well, pick your favorite nickname.

RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH • Sunday, July 26, 2020, Time TBA: Hands Up! (1926) starring Raymond Griffith; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. Uproarious comedy in which a southern spy must work every angle to prevent a shipment of western gold from reaching Union forces. Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.

RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH • Sunday, July 26, 2020, Time TBA: The Marriage Circle (1924) directed by Ernst Lubitsch; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. It's the World According to Lubitsch: in Vienna, Dr. Franz Braun (Monte Blue) and his wife, Charlotte (Florence Vidor), are exceptionally happy in their marriage until Charlotte's best friend, Mitzi (Marie Prevost), starts flirting with Franz. Mitzi's suspicious husband, Professor Josef Stock (Adolphe Menjou), hires a detective to investigate her infidelities, and the inquiry soon begins to focus on Franz. Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.



• Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Peter Pan" (1924) starring Betty Bronson, Mary Brian; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. The original silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. Join the Darling children as they follow Peter to Never Never Land to do battle with the evil Captain Hook. A film that has lost none of its power over children of all ages. 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.

• 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.



• Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, 8 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton. Silent film with live music outdoors at Alton Bay, N.H. more details to come!

• 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.

• Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, 4 p.m.: "Sherlock Jr." (1924) and "The Cameraman" (1928) starring Buster Keaton; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. In 'Sherlock Jr.' (1924), amateur detective Buster tried to bust open the mystery of who stole a watch, but instead dreams himself into the crime drama at a local theatre; in 'The Cameraman' (1928), Keaton tries to impress the gal of his dreams by working as a newsreel photographer. Can he get a break, and also get the girl? Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 100th anniversary of the break-through adventure film where Fairbanks discovered his talent for playing swashbuckling heros of yore. Still pleasing crowds a century after it first hit theaters! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $510 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Don Q, Son of Zorro" (1925) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Action/adventure sequel to mega-hit 'Zorro' with Fairbanks playing both son and father, and having a ball in both roles. Builds on the original film to create a hugely entertaining swashbuckler that shows how far Hollywood had come in just five years. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Hot Water" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. A rarely screened Harold Lloyd comedy feature that focuses on the life of an ordinary all-American family that slowly builds from family sit-com into wild slapstick farce. 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, Sept. 13, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of 'Silents, Please!,' a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• 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, Sept. 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Sherlock Jr." (1924) and "The Cameraman" (1928) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In 'Sherlock Jr.' (1924), amateur detective Buster tried to bust open the mystery of who stole a watch, but instead dreams himself into the crime drama at a local theatre; in 'The Cameraman' (1928), Keaton tries to impress the gal of his dreams by working as a newsreel photographer. Can he get a break, and also get the girl? Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.



• Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "A Woman in Grey"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We tackle all 15 chapters of one of the few surviving serials from the silent era. Filmed in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. by the Serico Producing Co., 'The Woman in Grey' stands today as a surprisingly entertaining action melodrama designed to keep audiences coming back after each week's "cliff-hanger." We'll show 9 of the 15 chapters today, with the rest tomorrow. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donation of $10 per person encouraged. Postponed from Saturday, April 25.

• Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "A Woman in Grey"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We tackle all 15 chapters of one of the few surviving serials from the silent era. Filmed in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. by the Serico Producing Co., 'The Woman in Grey' stands today as a surprisingly entertaining action melodrama designed to keep audiences coming back after each week's "cliff-hanger." We'll show the final 6 of the 15 chapters today. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donation of $10 per person encouraged. Postponed from Sunday, April 26.



• 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.

• Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, 8 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. Details to come! Part of the Coolidge's long-running 'Sounds of Silents' series.

• Saturday, Oct. 17, 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, Oct. 18, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1921) directed by F. W. Murnau; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Celebrate Halloween by experiencing the original silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous 'Dracula' story. Still scary after all these years—in fact, some critics believe this version is not only the best ever done, but has actually become creepier with the passage of time. See for yourself, if you dare.Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of 'Silents, Please!,' a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, 7 p.m.: "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; www.leavittheatre.com. Our annual 'Chiller Theatre' Halloween silent film program, this year on the exact date! 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. 100th anniversary screening! 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, Nov. 1, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Tickets $10 per person, general admission. 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. 100th anniversary screening! Silent film with live music in beautiful downtown theater that originally opened as a silent movie house.

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Title TBA; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. 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."

• Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, Time, Title TBA: Railroad-themed silent film program for New Hampshire museums.

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 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.

• Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Varieté" (1925) starring Emil Jannings; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Rediscovered masterpiece of German cinema, a visually dazzling tale of love and betrayal among carnival people. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• 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.

• Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: "Beggars of Life" (1928) starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Wallace Beery; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Classic late silent drama starring Louise Brooks as a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to survive. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Friday, Feb. 26 & Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, 25th 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. Film titles and program details TBA. (My 22nd consecutive year of attending this festival!)