• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 6 p.m.: "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" (1927) starring Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this European fairy tale directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night"; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Spend part of Thanksgiving weekend with the Little Tramp on the 100th anniversary of his first screen appearances. The whole family will enjoy restored prints of some of Chaplin's most popular comedies shown the way they were intended: on the big screen, with live music, and an audience! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Seven Chances" (1925); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Finish off the long Thanksgiving weekend with laughter courtesy silent comic Buster Keaton. A pair of Keaton's classic short comedies are a prelude to 'Seven Chances' (1925), in which Buster has until sundown to get married or lose a fortune. Part of a 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, Dec. 13, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Dr. Jack" (1922) starring Harold Lloyd; Tuscan Opera House, Dixfield, Maine; fundraiser for local historical society organized by students at Dirigo High School. More details to come!

• Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, 6 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Spectral Sciences, Inc., Burlington, Mass. Private screening of pioneering silent sci-fi classic to scientists and staffers of prominent rocket industry consulting firm.

• Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Chaplin's Best Short Comedies"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. This Christmas, get laughs! Mark this year's 100th anniversary of Chaplin's iconic 'Little Tramp' character with a selection of his best short comedies. A great way for the whole family to cap off the holiday weekend. Part of a 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, Jan. 21, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. 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. Welcome the year 2015 by pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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. Welcome the year 2015 by pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Part of a 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, Jan. 31, 2014, 5 p.m.: "Silent film program"; Liberty Ridge Farm, Schaghticoke, N.Y.; http://www.libertyridgefarmny/. An evening of silent film (feature to be announced) with live music in the converted barn of a recreational farm, plus pot luck supper. A now-annual mid-winter get-together for all those in this upstate New York town who don't head south for the winter. By invite only, but if you'd like to attend, bring a pot luck dish and you won't be refused.

• Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Nanook of the North" (1922) directed by Robert J. Flaherty; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. One of the first full-length documentaries in which director Flaherty captures the struggles of the Inuk man named Nanook and his family in the Canadian Arctic. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 6:15 p.m.: "A Valentine's Day Primer: Two Approaches to Romance"; Campton Historical Society, Campton Town Hall, Route 175, Campton, N.H.; Campton Historical Society. Silent film legends Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton demonstrate markedly different approaches of how to woo the ladies in classic comedies from Hollywood's silent era. 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! Preceded by a potluck supper starting at 5 p.m.

• Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 2 p.m.: "Rin Tin Tin Double Feature"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Legendary dog star Rin Tin Tin returns to the big screen in a rip-roaring double feature. In "Clash of the Wolves" (1925), Rinty must aid his adopted master in vanquishing a foe (filmed on location in what would later become Joshua Tree National Park), while "The Night Cry" (1926), our hero must clear his name after being accused of killing sheep. Featuring 35mm prints from the Library of Congress. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Don't Change Your Husband" (1919) starring Gloria Swanson, directed by Cecil B. DeMille; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Just in time for Valentine's Day! A riotously dated look at marriage through the eyes of a woman who is bored with her oafish onion-eating husband and decides to take action. A prestige project helmed by the legendary Cecil B. DeMille and featuring silent-era superstar Gloria Swanson. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Love" (1927) starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent-era mega-stars (and off-screen lovers) Greta Garbo and John Gilbert heat up the screen in this 1927 adaptation of Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina.' (Great if you forgot to do anything special on Valentine's Day.) Part of a 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, Feb. 18, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. The film that turned then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and associated him with the image of the Latin Lover. The film also inspired a tango craze and such fashion fads as gaucho pants. A great way to celebrate Valentine's Day!Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Friday, Feb. 27 & Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, 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. Scheduled to provide accompaniment to several short films as well as the feature 'The Little Church Around the Corner' (1923) starring Claire Windsor, Kansas native and Washburn graduate.

• Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Hula" (1927) starring Clara Bow; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Directed by Victor Fleming, a romance set among the early Western settlers of the the Hawaiian islands. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2 p.m.: "W.C. Fields Double Feature"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Long before his nasal twang resounded throughout movie theaters, a somewhat younger W.C. Fields had a very successful career as a silent comedian. In "Sally of the Sawdust" (1925), Fields plays a circus con artist who adopts an orphan (directed by no less than D.W. Griffith!); "Running Wild" (1927) finds Fields as a hen-pecked husband who turns to hypnosis to assert control in his household. Prints from the Library of Congress. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" (1927); The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. You won't hear his iconic yell, but everything else about the Tarzan legend is present in this rip-roaring action adventure that plays like an early version of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Townsend (Mass.) Public Library, 39 South Main St., Townsend, Mass.; (978) 597-1714; http://www.townsendlibrary.org. Silent film program at town library. More details to come!

• Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22, 2015:, Cinefest, four-day festival of silent and early sound films. Most titles are rarely screened 16mm prints. Live accompaniment for the silents! All screenings at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, N.Y. Check it out at www.syracusecinephile.com.

• Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: The original "Ten Commandments" (1923); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Long before Charlton Heston played Moses in technicolor, director Cecil B. DeMille filmed this silent blockbuster on a grand scale. Many say it surpasses the remake! See for yourself, a week before Easter. Part of a 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 5, 2015, 2 p.m.: The original "Ten Commandments" (1923); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Long before Charlton Heston played Moses in technicolor, director Cecil B. DeMille filmed this silent blockbuster on a grand scale. Many say it surpasses the remake! See for yourself, on Easter Sunday, in a print provided by the Library of Congress. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6 p.m.: "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne. Early silent adaptation of the famed Anthony Hope novel. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "The Three Ages" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Keaton's first feature-length comedy interweaves tales of romance from three epochs: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and "Modern Times," meaning 1920s California. See why Buster is regarded as one of the great clowns of the silent era. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Kelly Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H.; (603) 898-7064; http://www.salem.lib.nh.us/. Silent film with live music at the public library in Salem, N.H. Free admission but come early as venue is limited to about 50 seats.

• Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Silent Comedy and the Civil War" with Raymond Griffith, Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end: Confederate spy Raymond Griffith outwits Northern foes in 'Hands Up!' (1926), while Buster Keaton plays a Confederate train engineer in his masterpiece, 'The General' (1926). Part of a 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 3, 2015, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Three's a Crowd" (1927) starring Harry Langdon; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. In his directorial debut, Harry stars as a slum-dweller who invites a freezing woman, pregnant with another man's child, into his home. Nursing mother and child back to health, he achieves his dream of having a family... or so he hopes. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1922) starring John Gilbert; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. The original screen adaptation of the Andre Dumas swashbuckler about a man unjustly imprisoned who later seeks revenge. A film thought lost for decades until a print surfaced in the Czech Republic! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, May 24, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) starring Lillian Gish; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic reaches a major milestone. Flawed by overt racism that many find offensive even today, the picture nonetheless showed the world the potential of the then-new medium of film. Part of a 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, May 30, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Chaplin's Funniest Short Comedies"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Nore than a century after his iconic "Little Tramp" character first appeared onscreen, Charlie Chaplin's timeless silent comedies continue to delight new generations of movie-goers. See for yourself with this collection of Chaplin's best short comedy films. Join us for series 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.

• Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Manslaughter" (1922) directed by Cecil B. DeMille; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Big early Paramount melodrama about a wild, wealthy woman brought to heel by a sermonizing district attorney after she accidentally hits and kills a motorcycle cop. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2 p.m.: "Show People" (1928) starring Marion Davies, William Haines, directed by King Vidor; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. A young woman tries to break into the movies as a dramatic actress, but can only find work as a pie target in slapstick comedies. Director King Vidor's insider valentine to silent-era movie-making is packed with eye-popping cameo appearances of everyone from John Gilbert to Charlie Chaplin! Plus warm-up comedy "Play Safe" (1927) starring Monty Banks, with what's regarded as the greatest train chase sequence of the silent era. Prints from the Library of Congress. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Just in time for Flag Day! Epic saga of American flyboys in World War I took the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture. One of the all-time great silents, just as moving, thrilling, and exciting as when first released. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Lost World" (1925); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The original silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's evolutionary thriller 'The Lost World,' the motion picture that first brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen! Also, companion feature "The Sign of the Claw" (1926) a rip-roaring police adventure and the only surviving film of dog star Peter the Great. Join us for series 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, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Program To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part of a 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 5, 2015, 2 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925) starring John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, directed by King Vidor; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Sweeping World War I saga about U.S. doughboys signing up and shipping off to France, where they face experiences that will change their lives forever—if they return. Print from the Library of Congress. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, July 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "A Dog Double Feature" spotlighting silent-era canine stars Peter the Great and Rin Tin Tin; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. In 'The Sign of the Claw,' a police dog helps solve a crime wave. The only surviving film of Peter the Great, a popular German shepard performer. 'The Night Cry' (1926) finds iconic dog superstar Rin Tin Tin accused of killing sheep. Can he find the real bandit and clear his name? Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Hands Up!" (1926) starring Raymond Griffith; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. We mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with this uproarious Raymond Griffith comedy. A southern spy must work every angle to prevent a shipment of western gold from reaching Union forces. Plus Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts! Join us for series 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, July 26, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Program To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part of a 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.

• Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Open All Night" (1924) starring Adolphe Menjou, Viola Dana, Raymond Griffith; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A comedy about gender roles with a strong cast. A couple with a dull marriage want different things from each other. When they meet a macho professional bicyclist and his girlfriend, the wife becomes attracted to the muscular, if not particularly bright, athlete and the husband finds himself drawn to the girlfriend. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Grandma's Boy" (1922) starring Harold Lloyd; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. A ccowardly young man must learn to conquer his fears before dealing with a larger menace to his community. Riotous small town comedy that helped propel Harold Lloyd into the most popular movie comedian of the 1920s. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Three Ages" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Keaton's first feature-length comedy interweaves tales of romance from three epochs: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and "Modern Times," meaning 1920s California. See why Buster is regarded as one of the great clowns of the silent era. Join us for series 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, Aug. 30, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Program To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part of a 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.

• Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Sadie Thompson" (1928) starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Intense drama of a "fallen woman" who comes to an island in the South Seas to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. One of the best performances of Swanson's career. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" (1927); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. You won't hear his iconic yell, but everything else about the Tarzan legend is present in this rip-roaring action adventure that plays like an early version of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Plus companion feature "The Devil Horse" (1927) starring Rex the Wonder Horse. Join us for series 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.

• Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Wolf Blood" (1925); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Get ready for Halloween with this early try at turning the werewolf legend into a movie. An injured lumbercamp boss receives a transfusion of wolf blood during an operation, and...well, take it from there. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Lodger" (1927) directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The search is on for the man responsible for a series of murders in fog-shrouded London. Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock's career began in the silent era, when then young director first produced his brand of darkly suspenseful thrillers. Join us for series 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.

• Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 6 p.m.: "My Friend from India" (1927) starring Franklin Pangborn; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A light-hearted mistaken identity romp featuring one of the lesser-known stars of early cinema. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 6 p.m.: "The Road to Yesterday" (1925), starring William Boyd (in his pre-"Hopalong Cassidy" days) and directed by Cecil B. DeMille; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Bizarre drama about a married couple who discover their strained relationship is the result of unhappiness in their past lives; epic tale encompasses a fiery train wreck, flappers, ministers and a touch of time travel. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.