Silent Film Series

“The Beloved Rogue” (1927)

Starring John Barrymore, this film was lost for over 40 years until a copy was rediscovered in the late 1960s. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

In the 1400s, François Villon grows up to be a renowned French poet, patriot, and notorious mischief-maker. During the revels of All Fools Day, he insults Duke Charles of Burgundy, for which King Louis XI banishes François from Paris. In exile, François looks for ways to protect France from the Duke’s plots. When Charles plans to have one of his associates marry the king’s ward Charlotte, François successfully disrupts the engagement, but is henceforth sentenced to death. Ever the schemer, François finds a way to exploit Louis’s superstitious nature long enough to give him another chance to serve France, while simultaneously seeking Charlotte’s hand.

Directors: Alan Crosland
Writers: Paul Bern, George Marion Jr.
Starring: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day
Duration: 99 min
Genre: Adventure, drama, history

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, SILENT FILM Series
November 25, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Silent Film Series

“Battleship Potemkin” (1925)

A dramatized version of a 1905 mutiny at sea, this film experimented with the influence of propaganda on political thought. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

Based on historical events, a riot at the battleship Potemkin occurs in 1905 inspired by the ongoing revolution against the Russian imperialist government. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner spirals into a full-blown riot, pitting crewmen against officers. The sailors’ riot spills overboard and brings the revolution to their home port in Odessa.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Writers: Nina Agadzhanova
Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov
Duration: 66 min
Genre: Drama, history

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, SILENT FILM Series
January 26, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Silent Film Series

“The Woman Disputed” (1928)

In one of her final films, starlet Norma Talmadge dazzles as a woman who sacrifices love for justice. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

In 1914, a girl of the streets is befriended by two dashing young officers, one an Austrian and the other a Russian. When both men fall in love with her, she picks the Austrian. But as the war begins, her town is invaded by Russians, led by the charming-turned-vengeful officer, who takes her prisoner and threatens death if she won’t marry him.

Directors: Henry King, Sam Taylor
Writers: Denison Clift, C. Gardner Sullivan
Starring: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, Arnold Kent
Duration: 108 min
Genre: Drama, history

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, SILENT FILM Series
February 17, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

Silent Film Series

“The Big Parade” (1925)

An early cinematic depiction of war that influenced a number of subsequent films, including “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War I. His upbringing and way of life is challenged when he is sent to France, where he befriends two working-class soldiers. Along the way, he falls for a Frenchwoman, and is ultimately torn between duty and love.

Directors: King Vidor
Writers: Laurence Stallings, Harry Behn
Starring: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth
Duration: 151 min
Genre: Drama, romance, war

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, SILENT FILM Series
April 14, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets