• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Music, Motion, and Emotion" a presentation about silent film accompaniment; Tanglewood Learning Institute, Lenox, Mass. Presentation about silent film and live music for new performance/educational initiative at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a.k.a. The Big Time. Here's how they describe it:
"TLI’s Film Weekend explores music as both a core element and a central subject of cinema. Friday events include a working rehearsal of John Williams’ Film Night, followed by a lunch conversation with conductor David Newman and Boston Pops Conductor Laureate and film music legend John Williams. Participants can also enjoy the talks “With & Without: Music Makes the Film,” centering on the importance of a score to a film’s success, and “Music, Motion, and Emotion: The Art of Silent-Film Accompaniment” with Jeff Rapsis."
For more information, check out www.tli.org.

• Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: "Silent Film Program"; Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, Mass. Private function. Screening of Charlie Chaplin in 'The Kid' (1921).

• Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Spies" (1928) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Director Fritz Lang's tale of espionage was the forerunner of all movie spy sagas, packed with double agents, hi-tech gadgets, beautiful (and dangerous) women, and an evil genius with a plan to take over the world, mwah-ha-ha-ha! Part of our "Summer Silent Sci-Fi" series. 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, Aug. 28, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Beloved Rogue" (1926) starring John Barrymore; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save France from an evil plot and while he's at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? 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.

• Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Classic comedy/drama about a long-running family feud starring Buster Keaton, his real-life wife Natalie Talmadge, and with roles for Buster's father and infant son. Filled with great gags and a timeless story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Co-sponsored by the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Admission $12 per person, members $10.

• Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.: "College" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; 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. Head back to school with freshman Buster, who arrives at a college campus to find sports is the only sure-fire route to popularity. One of Keaton's most gag-filled comedies offers timeless visual humor and a look at the silent star's athletic prowess. Enjoy silent film in a restored moviehouse with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

•Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Time TBA: "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) starring Buster Keaton; Pawtucket Arts Fest, Pawtucket, R.I. Tentative, more details to come.

• Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, 7 p.m. "To Be Announced"; The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Way, Londonderry, N.H.; (603) 669-4820; http://www.aviationmuseumofnh.org. Tickets $20 for members; $15 for non-members. Program details to be announced. Smithsonian Day Fundraiser for Aviation Museum of N.H.

• Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Beloved Rogue" (1926) starring John Barrymore; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save France from an evil plot and while he's at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? 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. 22, 2019, 2 p.m.: "Girl Shy" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for the silent film series 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, 6 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge; Bedford (N.H.) Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, N.H.; Bedford Historical Society annual meeting, free and open to the public. Silent comic Buster Keaton's film about a backwoods feud in the 1830s pokes fun at everything from southern customs to early railroad trains. Filled with great gags and a timeless story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real!

• Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Rediscovering Alice Howell"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. One of the great female clowns of the silent screen, she was a frizzy-haired forerunner of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Alice Howell's films are now available again for the first time in a recently produced collection, giving us a chance to see her talents a century later. 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, Sept. 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m. "The Lost World" (1925); Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. First-ever movie adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary tale of British explorers who discover pre-historic creatures still thriving atop a remote South American plateau. Great entertainment; ground-breaking special effects by the same team that later created 'King Kong' mesmerized early movie audiences and remain impressive today. 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.



• Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m., "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) directed by Paul Leni, starring Laura LaPlante. Draper Room at the Center at Eastman, 1 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, N.H. Can a group of strangers survive the night in a haunted house to learn the secret of a madman's will? Find out in the original Gothic thriller from silent film director Paul Leni. Just in time for Halloween, a movie filled with deep shadows, dark secrets, and a surprisingly timeless mix of humor and horror that will keep you guessing. Remember: in silent film, no one can hear you scream! Admission free and program open to the public.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. "To Be Announced"; 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."

• 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, 2019, 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.')

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.