• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Spite Marriage" (1929) starring Buster Keaton; Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield, Mass.;  call (413) 773-9260 or visit www.gardencinemas.net. Celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the opening of the Garden Cinema with a genuine 1929 feature film. Keaton's final silent feature finds the poker-faced comic smitten so much by stage actress Trilby Drew (Dorothy Sebastian) that he joins the cast of her production. But the fun really begins when she impulsively asks Buster to marry her just to get even with an old flame. Classic Keaton comedy, underrated and full of great routines. Admission, $9.50 per person; $8.50 students/seniors.

• Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2 p.m.: "The Last Warning" (1929) starring Laura LaPlante, directed by Paul Leni; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Mystery film about a New York producer's attempt to re-stage a play five years after one of the original cast members was murdered in the theater. Plus Chapter 8 of "Officer 444" (1926), a weekly serial in which Officer 444 pursues "The Frog," a criminal mastermind with plans to take over the world! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Sunday, May 2, 2021, 4 p.m.: "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927) starring Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien, directed by F.W. Murnau; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Academy Award-winning romantic drama. Critics rank this visually stunning fairy tale about joy, sadness, hope, and love as among the best silent pictures ever made. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. Tickets $18, Center for the Arts members $15. 

• Sunday, May 9, 2021, 2 p.m.: "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1916) starring Allen Halobur; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Early version of the classic Jules Verne tale, feature that pioneered underwater photography techniques. Plus Chapter 9 of "Officer 444" (1926), a weekly serial in which Officer 444 pursues "The Frog," a criminal mastermind with plans to take over the world! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Thursday, May 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: "L'Argent" (1928) directed by Marcel L'Herbier; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Sprawling epic from France, loosely based on Emile Zola's novel of the same name, follows the story of a bank speculator who loses everything but tries to recover by backing a scheme for an daredevil aviator to fly across the Atlantic. Rediscovered work of ground-breaking cinema. Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music, and completely safe with social distancing and all Covid-19 protocols in place. General admission $10. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• Sunday, May 23, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Old Ironsides" (1926) starring Charles Farrell, Esther Ralston, Wallace Beery; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A grand adventure on the high seas set in 1798, when the USS Constitution is launched to battle pirates of the Barbary Coast. Plus Chapter 10, the exciting conclusion of "Officer 444" (1926), a weekly serial in which Officer 444 pursues "The Frog," a criminal mastermind with plans to take over the world! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: "Clash of the Wolves" (1925) starring Rin Tin Tin, and also some human actors; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Canine star Rin Tin Tin saves the day in this crackerjack action picture set in the Old West, one of his best surviving feature films. See Rinty leap from cliffs and rooftops (and even climb trees!) as he aids the good guys, chases down the bad guys, and saves his own on-screen dog family from a raging forest fire. See what made Rin Tin Tin one of the most popular stars of early cinema!Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music, and completely safe with social distancing and all Covid-19 protocols in place. General admission $10. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Saturday, June 5, 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.

• Sunday, June 6, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 7 p.m.: "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Chaplin's breakthrough comedy/drama finds the Tramp raising an infant against all odds. Highlighted by amazing work of five-year-old Coogan, who delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. As the film tells us: "A story with a smile, and perhaps a tear." 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, June 19, 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.

• Sunday, June 20, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Clash of the Wolves" (1925) starring Rin Tin Tin; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Canine star Rin Tin Tin saves the day in this crackerjack action picture set in the Old West, one of his best surviving feature films. See Rinty leap from cliffs and rooftops (and even climb trees!) as he aids the good guys, chases down the bad guys, and saves his own on-screen dog family from a raging forest fire. See what made Rin Tin Tin one of the most popular stars of early cinema! 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.

• Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. 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 over audiences. See it for yourself on the big screen and with an audience. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $12 per person.

• Sunday, July 11, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, July 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.: "Sherlock Jr." (1924) and "Our Hospitality" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; The Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 574-4826; https://www.palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre/. Join us for opening night of a new series of silent film programs with live music in a wonderful restored theater in downtown Manchester. Silent comic icon Buster Keaton breeches the fourth wall big-time in the imaginative "Sherlock Jr."; an old-time backwoods family feud is the focus of "Our Hospitality." Keaton's breakthrough feature film. Ticket prices and more details to come.

• 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.

 • Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Peter Pan" (1924) starring Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Celebrate summer with the original silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. Join the Darling children as they follow Peter to Never Land to do battle with the evil Captain Hook. A film that has lost none of its power over children of all ages. 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, July 25, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

TENTATIVE • Thursday, July 29, 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 • Thursday, July 29, 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.

TENTATIVE • Friday, July 30 & Saturday, July 31, 2021: The Western New York Movie Expo, Delavan Hotel and Spa, 6164 Transit Road in downtown Buffalo. Successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Details TBA, but prepare for another multi-day avalanche of vintage film and collectibles in the City of Light, or the Nickel City, or the Queen City, or...well, pick your favorite nickname.

• Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.

• 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.

• 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.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! 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.  

• 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 Valentine's Day. 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.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! 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.: "Summertime Silent Cinema: The Western," Title to be announced; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Join us at the Town Hall Theatre this summer as we Go West 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! Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged. 

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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! Ticket prices and more details to come. 

• 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.

• 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, 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. 10, 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. Ticket prices and more details to come.  

• 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 14, 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! Ticket prices and more details to come.