• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• 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. "Stop! Look! Railroad Melodramas!"; two train-related silent films; Warner Town Hall, Warner, N.H. Screening sponsored by the Telephone Museum of N.H. (Yes, New Hampshire has a telephone museum!) In 'The West-Bound Limited' (1923), a fired employee takes revenge on the railroad by setting a trap for a head on collision between a passenger train and a freight train. In 'Transcontinental Limited' (1926), Jerry Reynolds is an aging train engineer fast approaching retirement, but his eyes are giving out even faster! Will he still collect his pension? Two rip-roaring train flicks, both great examples of railroad melodramas popular during the silent era, and a great way to celebrate this year's railroad theme of a local museum group. 

• Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, "Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; at the newly opened Park Theater, 19 Main St., Jaffrey, N.H.; (603) 532-9300; https://theparktheatre.org/ Celebrate Halloween with one of the all-time classics. Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit stage musical, this silent film adaptation starring Lon Chaney helped place 'Phantom' firmly in the pantheon of both horror and romance. Timeless silent film on the big screen and with live music. Tickets $10 per person.

• 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.: "The Blackbird" (1926) directed by Tod Browning, starring Lon Chaney; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Our mini-series of rarely screened silent films from legendary director Tod Browning continues with a weekend of twisted melodramas starring Browning's favorite actor, Lon Chaney. In 'The Blackbird,' Chaney leads a double life as a criminal mastermind of the London slums and also the Bishop, his pious but deformed brother. Will the entrance of a new woman expose his secret?  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.: "Outside the Law" (1920) and "The Unholy Three" (1925), both directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Two disturbing silent crime thrillers, both starring Chaney at the peak of his career and directed by Tod Browning, who would later helm the cult film 'Freaks' (1932). 'Outside the Law' features Chaney as a San Francisco gangster who frames a former rival and turns his young daughter to a life of crime. In 'The Unholy Three,' Chaney plays a criminal with a talent for ventriloquism who runs a pet store that fronts a masterful scheme for fleecing unsuspecting wealthy clients. A double dose of Lon Chaney will make it a Halloween you'll never forget! 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.: "Where East is East" (1929) directed by Tod Browning, starring Lon Chaney; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.  Our mini-series of rarely screened silent films from legendary director Tod Browning concludes with his last surviving collaboration with actor Lon Chaney. Chaney, as "Tiger Haynes," a jaded animal trapper in the jungles of Laos, cares only for his young daughter, Toyo, who plans to marry a circus owner's son. But the couple's happiness is threatened by the appearance of a mysterious woman, leading to a shattering climax. 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.

• Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Mass.; (617) 734-2501; www.coolidge.org. Cap off the Halloween season with the original vampire movie! This loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. Tickets $23, available online; part of the Coolidge's long-running 'Sounds of Silents' series. 

• Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, 2 p.m.: "Der Golem" (1920); Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, Mass. Private function. In 16th-century Prague, a Rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution, but then complications ensue. Early German fantasy movie based on Central European folklore anticipates Frankenstein story.

• 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. 

• Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, 7 p.m.: "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino; The Colonial Theatre's "Showroom" venue, 20 Commercial St., Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033 https://thecolonial.org/. Honor Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of one of the great wartime epics with this screening of 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,' director Rex Ingram's landmark box office smash that introduced both Rudolph Valentino and the tango! Sweeping drama of a divided family with members caught up on opposites sides during World War I. Admission prices and more info to come.

• 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.: "Hot Water" (1924) starring Harold Lloyd; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Fresh off the triumphant success of his building-climbing comedy 'Safety Last' (1923), Harold Lloyd stars in a movie about an even more challenging predicament: average everyday life. You know, including a mother-in-law! An under-appreciated and rarely screened gem designed to be seen with a live audience. 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.: "Paths to Paradise" (1925) and "Hands Up!" (1926), both starring Raymond Griffith; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Rediscover the forgotten Raymond Griffith, the 'Silk Hat Comedian,' whose unique character and sly wit made him a major player in 1920s Hollywood. In 'Paths to Paradise,' Griffith is a jewel thief forced to match wits with a female rival. 'Hands Up!' (1926), set during the U.S. Civil War, finds Griffith as a Confederate spy assigned to prevent a shipment of gold to support the Union Army. 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.

• Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, 2 p.m.: "The Strong Man" (1926) starring Harry Langdon, directed by Frank Capra; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. With World War I over, baby-faced soldier Harry Langdon searches for the girl who sent such moving letters to him in the trenches. Directed by a very young Frank Capra, 'The Strong Man' is today hailed as Langdon's best feature, and also one of the greatest comedies of the silent film era. A great way to finish off Christmas weekend. Silent film with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912. Admission free, donations of $10 per person encouraged.  

• Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, 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, Jan. 15, 2022, Time TBA "Der Golem" (1920) at the 47th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon presented by the Case Western Reserve University Film Society, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Heading out to Cleveland to do live music for 'Der Golem,' a featured attraction in this year's annual 36-hour (1) sci-fi marathon at Case Western University. In 16th-century Prague, a Rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution, but then complications ensue. Early German fantasy movie based on Central European folklore anticipates Frankenstein story. More details coming!

• Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, 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, Feb. 6, 2022, 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.

• Wednesday, Feb 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• 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. 

• Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, 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, Feb. 20, 2022, Time TBA, "Filibus" (1915); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; (617) 625-5700; Somerville Theatre. Directed by Mario Roncoroni and scripted by sci-fi author Giovanni Bertinetti. Flying high above the clouds in her dirigible, the titular sky pirate steals from the rich before mysteriously vanishing into the clouds. With the famed Detective Hendy on her trail, Filibus must up her game by posing as the Baroness Troixmond, volunteering to help with her own case! Screened as part of the 47th Annual Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival's annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon, which runs noon on Sunday, Feb. 21 to noon on Monday, Feb. 22. Admission charged. For more info, visit the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BostonSciFi.

• Thursday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 27, 2022, Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful multi-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.) 

• Sunday, March 6, 2022, 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.

• Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. 

• Sunday, March 20, 2022, 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, April 10, 2022, 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. 

• Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

 • 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.

• Sunday, April 24, 2022, 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.  

• Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• Saturday, May 14, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, May 15, 2022, 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, May 29, 2022, 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. 

• Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Monthly silent film series at a restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H.

• Saturday, June 11, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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 23, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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. 13, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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, Sept. 10, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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. 22, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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. 12, 2022, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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.