Silent Film Series

The Weinberg Center for the Arts is proud to continue our tradition of showcasing classic silent films accompanied by our mighty Wurlitzer organ — the only theater organ in Maryland still in its original installation.

The Lost World (1925)
November 4, 2017 | 3:00pm

Due to his recent outlandish claims that dinosaurs still exist in the far reaches of the Amazon, explorer and professor Challenger is the laughing stock of the London press. Newspaper reporter Edward Malone learns that this claim originates from a diary given to him by fellow explorer Maple White’s daughter, Paula. Malone’s paper funds an expedition to rescue Maple White, who has been stranded at the top of a high plateau. Joined by renowned hunter John Roxton, among others, the group travels to South America, where they do indeed find a plateau inhabited by prehistoric creatures.

 

The Lodger (1927)
November 4, 2017 | 8:00pm

A serial killer known only as “The Avenger” is on the loose in London, murdering unsuspecting blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting inquiring after a room to rent. The Buntings’ daughter is a blonde model and is dating one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be The Avenger.

 

The Beloved Rogue (1927)
November 25, 2017 | 8:00pm

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, who is Charles’ puppet, 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 resultingly sentenced to death. But, 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.

 

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
January 26, 2018 | 8:00pm

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.

 

The Woman Disputed (1928)
February 17, 2018 | 3:00pm

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, lead by the charming-turned-vengeful officer, who takes her prisoner and threatens death if she won’t marry him.

 

The Big Parade (1925)
April 14, 2018 | 8:00pm

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.