• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) 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.

CANCELLED • 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.

• Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.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 silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 2:30 p.m.: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield, Mass.;  call (413) 773-9260 or visit www.gardencinemas.net. 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. And remember: in silent film, no one can hear you SCREAM! Admission, $6.50 per person.

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 9 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield, Mass.;  call (413) 773-9260 or visit www.gardencinemas.net. 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. Admission, $9.50 per person; $6.50 students/seniors.

• Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, 7:30 p.m: Special Halloween Lon Chaney "Creepfest" Double Feature;  Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Two strange and disturbing silent thrillers, both starring Chaney at the peak of his career and directed by Todd Browning, who would later helm the cult film 'Freaks' (1932). Live music by accompanist Jeff Rapsis. In 'The Unknown' (1927), Chaney plays 'Alonzo the Armless,' a circus knife-thrower (he uses his feet!) with a dark past who lusts after bareback rider Joan Crawford, who is also pursued by the circus strong man, but she has a phobia about being touched by men. See where this is going? In 'West of Zanzibar' (1928), Chaney plays a vaudeville magician who loses use of his legs in an accident but journeys to Africa to seek revenge on the wealthy businessman (Lionel Barrymore) who stole his beloved, with shocking results. A double dose of Lon Chaney will make it a Halloween you'll never forget! Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

CANCELLED • 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.

CANCELLED • 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.

CANCELLED • 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."

• Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, 2 p.m.: "Dr. Mabuse The Gambler, Part 1" (1922) directed by Fritz Lang, starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A special chance to see Fritz Lang's legendary early crime thriller masterpiece screened in two parts over two days. A sprawling look at decadence and immorality in Weimar-era Germany; the illegal nightclubs and gambling dens feature eye-popping visual design. A crime thriller involving hypnosis and mind control that's very 1920s, but also a study in human nature that transcends its era. And the guys wear monocles! 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.

• Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, 2 p.m.:  "Dr. Mabuse The Gambler, Part 2" (1922) directed by Fritz Lang, starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A special chance to see Fritz Lang's legendary early crime thriller masterpiece screened in two parts over two days. A sprawling look at decadence and immorality in Weimar-era Germany; the illegal nightclubs and gambling dens feature eye-popping visual design. A crime thriller involving hypnosis and mind control that's very 1920s, but also a study in human nature that transcends its era. And the guys wear monocles! 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.

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

• Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Broken Blossoms" (1919), directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Can two outcasts in Edwardian London find peace and happiness in a cruel world? Will Lillian Gish overcome her abusive father? Can Richard Barthelmess find love in a forbidden relationship? One of the great D.W. Griffith epics, based on a Thomas Burke novel. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021 • 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, 2 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, 2 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.

• Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: "Planes and Trains and Monty Banks"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. 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. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Thursday, Feb. 25 through 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!)

• Saturday, May 15, 2021, 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. 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 5, 2021, 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.

• Saturday, July 17, 2021, 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. 7, 2021, 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. 14, 2021, 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! Free admission, with donations accepted to support program. Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall in Ludlow, Vt.

• Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, 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.

• Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, 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.

• Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, 7 p.m.: "College" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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. 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.