• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, "Woman in the Mooon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; (617) 625-5700; Somerville Theatre. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Silent film with live music, part of the 44th Annual Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival's annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon, which runs noon on Sunday, Feb. 17 to noon on Monday, Feb. 18. Admission charged. For more info, visit the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BostonSciFi.

• Friday, Feb. 22 & Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 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 20th consecutive year of attending this festival!)

• Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 4 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, March 2, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Stormy Night" (1925); The Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, Mass. (617) 496-3211. Admission $9 per person, $7 for non-Harvard students, Harvard faculty and staff, and senior citizens; free for Harvard students. Fewer than twenty Chinese films from the 1920s survive, so the recent discovery of a mostly intact print of film pioneer Shouju Zhu’s 1925 film Stormy Night (Fengyu zhi ye) is a reason to celebrate. The story of an unhappily married couple who gradually learn to appreciate their relationship, the film shows an intricacy of narrative and impressive camera movements that distinguish it from other surviving films of the period. The print was discovered in 2006 in Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa’s personal collection and identified in 2011. This is the first chance audiences outside Asia will have to see this important film, which challenges scholars to rethink their previous understanding of early Chinese cinema.

• Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1:30 p.m.: "The Last Laugh" (1924) starring Emil Jannings; at the University of New Hampshire/Manchester with Prof. Jeffrey Klenotic. Live music for a class screening of the F.W. Murnau drama. Towering performance by Jannings as aging doorman at posh city hotel whose unexpected change of jobs robs him of self-respect and identity. Directed by Murnau as a purely visual tale devoid of any dialogue intertitles. A masterpiece of the silent cinema!

• Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m.: "King of Kings" (1927); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Just in time for Easter: Cecil B. DeMille's epic retelling of the story of Christ and the crucifixion. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Cat and the Canary" (1927), the Kennington Bioscope, Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, off Renfrew Road. London SE11 4TH, United Kingdom. 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! Silent film with live music at a London cinema museum that's housed in the same buildings south of the Thames where Chaplin spent time as a youth.

• Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge; at the Blazing Star Grange Hall, North Road in Danbury, N.H. Join us for a St. Patrick's Day program in a historic (and authentic) small town N.H. Grange Hall. 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! Free and open to the public; suggested donation of $5 at the door.

• Sunday, March 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Seven Chances" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In this 1925 farce, Buster is about to be saved from bankruptcy by an unexpected inheritance of $7 million—but only if he gets married by 7 p.m. that very day. One of Keaton's best comedies, climaxed by one of the great chase scenes in all film, silent or otherwise. 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.

• Friday, March 29, 2019, 7 p.m. "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Arlington Grange of Winchester, Grange Building, 9 Mechanic St., Winchester, N.H. An evening of silent film with live music brought to you by members of the Arlington Grange. Tonight's program features Harold Lloyd's legendary thrill comedy 'Safety Last,' which finds young and ambitious ready to do anything to impress his girl, even if it means climbing the exterior of a tall office building with no trick photography. Program is open to the public, with $7 per person donation requested to help defray costs.

• Sunday, March 31, 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, April 7, 2019, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; 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.

• Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6 p.m.: "The Navigator" (1924) starring Buster Keaton; Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St.; Newburyport, Mass.; www.thechmm.org; 978-462-8681. A nautical-themed afternoon with silent film comic Buster Keaton. Set sail with Buster's classic comedy 'The Navigator,' which finds two wealthy socialites adrift on a giant ocean liner. Timeless visual comedy. Preceded by Keaton's short film 'The Boat' (1921). Program of silent film with live music open to the public; doors open at 5 p.m.

• Saturday, April 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "La Roue, Part 1" (1923) directed by Abel Gance; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Before he made the epic 'Napoleon' (1927), French director Abel Gance created this tale of a railroad engineer who adopts a young orphaned girl, then traces the paths of their lives over the decades that follow. Widely hailed for its revolutionary editing, 'La Roue' stands as a milestone in the development of cinema. The 4½-hour film will be shown in two parts over two days. 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, April 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "La Roue, Part 2" (1923) directed by Abel Gance; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Before he made the epic 'Napoleon' (1927), French director Abel Gance created this tale of a railroad engineer who adopts a young orphaned girl, then traces the paths of their lives over the decades that follow. Widely hailed for its revolutionary editing, 'La Roue' stands as a milestone in the development of cinema. The 4½-hour film will be shown in two parts over two days. 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, May 5, 2019, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; 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.

• Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a downtown clock is just one highlight 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. 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, May 12, 2019, 4 p.m.: "The General" (1926) starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. 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! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $12, members $10.

• Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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, May 26, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. Plus special bonus comedy short subject! 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.

• Friday, May 31, 2019, 9 a.m.: Silent film program for students at Great Brook Middle School at Antrim Town Hall in Antrim, N.H. Our ninth annual presentation to some of the brightest kids in southern New Hampshire!

• Sunday, June 2, 2019, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; 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.



• Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Chicago" (1927) starring Phyllis Haver; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The original big screen adaptation of the notorious Jazz Age tabloid scandal, based on real events. Dancer Roxie Hart is accused of murder! Is she innocent or headed for the slammer? Later made into the popular Broadway musical. 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.

• Friday, June 21, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Silent Film Program"; Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St. (City Hall), Franklin, N.H. Part of Opera House annual meeting. Details to be announced!

• Sunday, June 30, 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, June 30, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. 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.

• Sunday, July 7, 2019, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; 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.



• Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. 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.

• Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Ponder a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. 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.

• Friday, July 19, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 646-4849. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, a grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Ticket price and more details to come.

• Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The General" starring Buster Keaton; Camp Betsey Cox, Pittsford, Vt. Annual "Community Thank You" event features 'The General' (1927) Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece. Follow the exploits of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies, forcing him to go behind enemy lines alone to retrieve his locomotive as well as the woman he loves. Classic visual comedy with Keaton at the peak of his creative powers. Free to the community; more info as it becomes available.

• Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2019, Thelma Todd Celebration, in and around Lawrence, Mass. Aficianados of the favorite daughter of Lawrence, Mass. come together for a festival celebrating the many achievements of her tragically shortened life. Details to be announced.

• Sunday, July 28, 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.

• Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019: The Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show, Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. Four-day successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Titles in screening room to be announced.

• Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.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! 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. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.: "The Last Command" directed by Josef von Sternberg; starring Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, and William Powell. Ludlow Auditorium, Ludlow, Vt. Intense drama about a former high-ranking military officer in Czarist Russia now reduced to playing extra in 1920s Hollywood. Towering performance in the lead role helped Emil Jannings win 'Best Actor' at the first-ever Academy Awards. Transcends the usual cliches of romantic drama to explore the nature of power as well as the unreality of the nascent movie business itself. The result: a timeless mediation on life, love, and loss that transcends its era. Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt.

• Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced" ; 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.

• 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.

• Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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! 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.

• Saturday, Sept. 14, 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.: "To Be Announced" ; 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.

• Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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. "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.



• 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.

• 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.

• Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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. 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.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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.