• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Seven Chances" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. 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. Can Buster somehow find the girl of his dreams while being pursued by an army of women eager to marry a soon-to-be millionaire? One of Buster's best comedies, climaxed by one of the great chase scenes in all silent film comedy. 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 $12 per person. 

• Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: "Ben Hur" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. 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. Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music. General admission $10. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• 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.

• Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Straight Shooting" (1917) and "Hell Bent" (1918), both starring Harry Carey and directed by John Ford; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. The Town Hall Theatre heads west this summer with three months of silent westerns. From legendary classics to complete obscurities, it's your chance to see Hollywood inventing the Western on the big screen. The first westerns directed by a young John Ford, these two films feature Harry Carey as 'Cheyenne Harry,' the outlaw with a heart of gold. In 'Straight Shooting,' Carey plays a hired gun of cattle rustlers; in 'Hell Bent,' Carey rescues a virtuous woman from banditos. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, 8 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922), directed by F. W. Murnau; Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St.; Newburyport, Mass.; www.thechmm.org; 978-462-8681; www.thechmm.org. Perfect for Friday the 13th: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. Plus some great sailing ship sequences! See it for yourself in an outdoor screening, weather permitting. More details to come.

• Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, 4 p.m.: "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1916) starring Allen Halobur; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Early version of the classic Jules Verne tale, feature that pioneered underwater photography techniques. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $18, Center for the Arts members $15.  

• Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, 8 p.m.: "Program to be Announced." Silent film under the stars at the Alton Town Gazebo in Alton Bay, N.H. Tentative but details announced as available. 

• Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Wild Orchids" (1928) starring Greta Garbo, Nils Asther; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. 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 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 $12 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 21, 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.

• Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Mantrap" (1926) starring Clara Bow; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.The Town Hall Theatre heads west this summer with three months of silent westerns. From legendary classics to complete obscurities, it's your chance to see Hollywood inventing the Western on the big screen. Set in western Canada, 'Mantrap' tells the story of a New York divorce lawyer on a camping vacation to get away from it all, but gets more than he bargained for with Clara Bow, then fast on her way to becoming Hollywood's 'It' girl. Directed by Victor Fleming, who would go on to helm 'Gone With the Wind' (1939) and 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939). Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Womanhandled" (1925) starring Richard Dix and "Go West" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. The Town Hall Theatre heads west this summer with three months of silent westerns. From legendary classics to complete obscurities, it's your chance to see Hollywood inventing the Western on the big screen. Our look at silent-era Westerns concludes with the genre's lighter side. In 'Womanhandled,' Richard Dix tries to win his girlfriend by taking up the rugged cowboy life, only to find it not so rugged. In 'Go West,' Buster Keaton sends up the legends of the West with his timeless brand of visual comedy; includes perhaps the most unlikely love story in a mainstream 1920s Hollywood film. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.  

• Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: "The Shakedown" (1929) starring James Murray, Barbara Kent; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Recently restored boxing drama about a low-rent prizefighter who finds reasons outside the ring to find success inside it. Recently restored; directed by William Wyler, who would go on to a storied Hollywood career that included directing the 1959 remake of 'Ben Hur.' Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music. General admission $10. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• 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.

• Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Thursday, Sept. 23 through Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021: "Buster Keaton Celebration" at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, 205 E. Madison Ave, Iola, Kansas. Accompanying films for the 26th celebration of silent film comedian Buster Keaton, born in nearly Piqua, Kansas. More details to come.

TENTATIVE • Second week of October, 2021, Time TBA: Hands Up! (1926) starring Raymond Griffith; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. Uproarious comedy in which a southern spy must work every angle to prevent a shipment of western gold from reaching Union forces. Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.

TENTATIVE • Second week of October, 2021, Time TBA: The Marriage Circle (1924) directed by Ernst Lubitsch; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. It's the World According to Lubitsch: in Vienna, Dr. Franz Braun (Monte Blue) and his wife, Charlotte (Florence Vidor), are exceptionally happy in their marriage until Charlotte's best friend, Mitzi (Marie Prevost), starts flirting with Franz. Mitzi's suspicious husband, Professor Josef Stock (Adolphe Menjou), hires a detective to investigate her infidelities, and the inquiry soon begins to focus on Franz. Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.

• Sunday, Oct 10, 2021, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, 4 p.m.: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) starring John Barrymore; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. John Barrymore plays both title roles in the original silent film adaptation of the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. A spook-tacular performance that helped establish Barrymore as one of the silent era's top stars, highlighted by Barrymore's on-camera transformations done without special effects. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $18, Center for the Arts members $15.

• Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. 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. Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music. General admission $10. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• 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.

• Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, 2 p.m. "Railroad-Themed Silent Film Program" (1925); Warner Town Hall, Warner, N.H. Screening sponsored by the Telephone Museum of N.H. (Yes, New Hampshire has a telephone museum!) Program to be decided, but will focus on railroads, which is this year's theme of a local museum group. More details to come!

• Thursday, Oct 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. Join us for a new series of silent film programs with live music in a wonderful restored theater in downtown Manchester. Just in time for Halloween: 'Nosferatu,' the original vampire film. This loose German adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself! Tickets $10 per person general admission.    

• Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922), directed by F. W. Murnau; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. 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! 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 $12 per person.

• Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.  

• Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, 7:30 p.m.: "Dracula" (1931) starring Bela Lugosi; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Universal's original sound version of Dracula featured the inspired casting choice of Bela Lugosi in the title role, but virtually no music! So this Halloween, we present 'Dracula' with an added musical score by Jeff Rapsis our resident silent film accompanist. Film shown in 35mm on the big screen 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, Nov. 10, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. We mark Veterans Day with MGM's landmark film, a sweeping saga about U.S. doughboys signing up and shipping off to France in 1917, where they face experiences that will change their lives forever—if they return.Starring John Gilbert and directed by King Vidor, an epic that set the standard for generations of war movies to come. Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music. General admission $10. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• 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.

• Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, 4 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. The eye-popping silent film sci-fi masterpiece of German filmmaker Fritz Lang is a vintage look at things to come. Restored version includes nearly a half-hour of lost footage that was rediscovered in Argentina in 2008. Seen in its entirety and with live music, 'Metropolis' stands as an stunning example of the power of silent film to tell a compelling story without words, and reach across the generations to touch movie-goers from the real future that came to pass: us! Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $18, Center for the Arts members $15.

• Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: "Girl Shy" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd; The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. Join us for a new series of silent film programs with live music in a wonderful restored theater in downtown Manchester. Celebrate Valentine's Day 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. Tickets $10 per person general admission.

• Friday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, 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, not counting the 2021 pandemic, when it was held online but we recreated it in New Hampshire.) 

 • Thursday, April 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: "Ben Hur" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro and a cast of thousands; The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. Join us for a new series of silent film programs with live music in a wonderful restored theater in downtown Manchester. Just in time for Easter! In the Holy Land, a Jewish prince is enslaved by the occupying Romans; inspired by encounters with Jesus, he lives to seek justice. Based on the classic 19th century historical novel by Col. Lew Wallace. 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. Timeless silent film on the big screen! Tickets $10 per person general admission.