The silent film era returns to the big screen at the Blazing Star Grange in Danbury, NH for the 3rd Annual Silent Movie Night. Showtime is Saturday, March 18 at [...]
The silent film era returns to the big screen at the Blazing Star Grange in Danbury, NH for the 3rd Annual Silent Movie Night. Showtime is Saturday, March 18 at 7 PM. The evening will begin with a short comedy: “The Haunted House” (1922) starring Buster Keaton. The main feature will be Lon Chaney in “Phantom of the Opera” (1925.) All are welcome to this family-friendly event.
The screenings will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating scores for silent films. He performs on a digital synthesizer to reproduce the texture of the full orchestra and create a traditional “movie score” sound. ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ starring legendary actor Lon Chaney in the title role, remains a landmark work of the cinematic horror genre. To modern viewers, the passage of time has made this unusual film seem even more strange and otherworldly.
Members of the Blazing Star Grange decided to present silent films to give the public a chance to experience restored prints of these great films as they were intended: on the big screen, with live music and an audience. Rapsis says “There’s a reason people first fell in love with the movies, and we hope to recreate that experience. Silent films were communal experience very different from today’s movies—one in which the presence of a large audience intensifies everyone’s reactions.” This proves true as the silent films are always a popular event.
In the early 1900s, silent films were shown at the Blazing Star Grange Hall. This screening will pay tribute to that tradition. ‘The Haunted House’ (1922) and ‘Phantom of the Opera (1925) will be shown on Saturday, March 18 at 7 PM. at the Blazing Star Grange Hall, 15 North Road, Danbury, N.H. The program is open to the public. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per person to defray expenses. For more info, call 603-768-5579; for more info on the music, visit www.jeffrapsis.com.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blazing Star Grange Hall
15 North Rd, Danbury, NH
Blazing Star Grange #71603-