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New Silent Film Schedule

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News

“Seeing a silent film in a theater with a full house and live music is really a unique experience, and a wonderful one.” –The Monadnock  Ledger


Here is our silent film schedule through July 2014.

The Ice Flood (1926) Shown on March 4, 2014:
Melodramatic goings-on at a rough lumber camp in the pacific Northwest as  a company owner’s son tries to prove his mettle. This is a great outdoorsy adventure film, shot on location with spectacular scenery. The ending is climaxed by the breaking up of a massive ice jam up-river.

The Saphead (1920) Shown on April 1, 2014:
In honor of April Fool’s Day, we will show silent film comedian Buster Keaton’s first feature length picture. This is not a typical Buster Keaton film, but rather, a stage adaptation in which Keaton was hired to play a role originated by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Great fun!

Her Night of Romance (1924) Shown on May 6, 2014:
This is a light romantic comedy starring Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman. Talmadge plays the daughter of an American millionaire, while Coleman plays an impoverished British aristocrat.  Complications ensue–do we need to draw a road map on this one?

Cabiria (1914) June 3, 2014:
This is a pioneering epic made in Italy just before World War I engulfed Europe.  Set in Sicily, Carthage, and Cirta during the period of the Second Punic War (218-202 BC), this film follows a melodramatic main plot about an abducted girl named Cabiria, and features Mt. Etna erupting in high dramatic fashion!

The Scarlet Letter (1928) Shown on July 10, 2014:
This is a splashy MGM adaptaion of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic tale of old New England.  The Scarlet Letter features Lillian Gish in the leading ladies role of Hester Prynne. After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of the child’s father and her lover.

All films will be accompanied by live music performed by Jeff Rapsis. Admission is free and donations are accepted. For more information on local silent film screenings or for questions regarding these films please contact Jeff Rapsis at

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