MD-DC-VA Silent Film Screenings


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NOVEMBER 2017
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Culpeper, Va
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Thursday Nov 2 at 7:30pm – Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!  (1923, 70 min).  From the LOC’s webpage: << Harold Lloyd created what is considered the most recognizable image in silent comedy: the man dangling from a clock in “Safety Last!.” Joining forces with Hal Roach in 1915, the pair of former movie extras started a company to produce Lloyd’s films, and the comedian was soon one of the highest paid actors and biggest box-office draw. Bolstered by his success with a few early “thrill” shorts and inspired by a popular stunt performer known as “the human fly,” Lloyd was eager to make a feature-length film that would give audiences the same excitement. In the film, Lloyd’s country boy seeks fame and fortune in the big city and ends up as an unwitting human fly forced to scale a tall building, delivering Lloyd’s recipe for success: “a laugh, a scream and a laugh.” Lloyd’s frequent co-star and soon-to-be wife Mildred Davis appears as “The Girl.”  “Safety Last!” was added to the National Film Registry in 1994. Also on the program, a 1915 Harold Lloyd short, “Peculiar Patients’ Pranks. >>
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson!  Website
Free admission!  LOC/Culpeper website
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Friday Nov 3 at 7:30pm – Variety (1925)
Friday Nov 3 at 9:30pm – A Page of Madness (1926)
Saturday Nov 4 at 2:00pm – The Lost World (1925, approx 100 min)
Saturday Nov 4 at 4:30pm – Strike (1925, 94 min) Dir. by Eisenstein
Saturday Nov 4 at 7:30pm – Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925, 88 min)
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Saturday Nov 4 at 2:30pm – Cine-Concert: Old and New (The General Line) (1929,125 min). Live music accompaniment by Andrew Simpson!Website
Free admisson!  NGA website
Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Saturday Nov 4 at 3:00pm – The Lost World (1925, approx 100 min.)
Saturday Nov 4 at 8:00pm – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927, 90 min)
Live musical accompaniment on a Wurlitzer organ!
Tel 301-600-2828. Theatre seats 1,000.  Website
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Sunday Nov 5 at 2:00pm – Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush
Sunday Nov 5 at 4:30pm – Steve Massa’s Slapstick Divas
Sunday Nov 5 at 6:45pm – Keaton & Arbuckle
Wednesday Nov 8 at 7:45pm – Battleship Potemkin
Thursday Nov 9 at 7:15pm – Children of Divorce starring Clara Bow & Gary Cooper!
      Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson!
      Tkts $15 / $13 / $10 / $8
Friday Nov 10 at 7:30pm – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London    
       Fog (1927)
Friday Nov 10 at 9:30pm – Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail (1929)
The Paramount Theatre – Charlottesville, VA
215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
one of the venues for the 2017 VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Nov 9 – 12, 2017)
presented by the University of Virginia!
Friday Nov 10 at 10:00pm – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927, 68 min)
Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz! Live musical accompaniment by Matt Marshall and the Reel Music Trio!
Tkts $13 adults / $10 discount      Tel. 434-979-1333       Paramount website
Festival website
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Saturday Nov 11 at 3:30pm – Wings (1922, 85 min.), sponsored by the National Gallery of Art at the AFI/Silver Theatre.  Free admission for this show!
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson! Website
Piedmont Virginia Community College – Charlottesville, VA
V. Earl Dickinson Center, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA
part of the 2017 VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Nov 9 -12, 2017)
Sunday Nov 12 at 2:00pm – Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917, 24 min). Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz!
Live musical accompaniment by Matthew Marshall and the Reel Music Trio!
Tkts $10    Tel 434-961-5378     Dickinson Center website      Festival website
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Sunday Nov 12 at 2:00pm – Harold Lloyd’s The Kid Brother
Live music accompaniment by Andrew Green’s Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra!
Sunday Nov 12 at 4:30pm – Humoresque (1920)
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Sunday Nov 12 at 4:00pm – Cine-Concert: Fragment of an Empire (1929,72 min)
and Earth (1930, 83 min). Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson!
Free admisson!
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Culpeper, Va
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Thursday Nov 16 at 7:30pm – Peter Pan  (1924, 105 min).  From the LOC’s webpage: << The first film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s enormously successful 1902 stage play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” remains one of the silent era’s most successful fantasies, notable not only for Betty Bronson’s exquisitely stylized performance as Peter, but also for its elaborate settings and special effects. Directed by Herbert Brenon and featuring Mary Brian as Wendy and Anna May Wong as Tiger Lily, the film closely follows the plot of the original play, and even goes so far as to incorporate much of its original stage dialogue in the intertitles. Thought to be lost for decades, James Card, film restorer and curator of George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, discovered a well-preserved copy in a vault at the Eastman School of Music in the 1950s, and made a preservation of that source. Film historian David Pierce (and now Assistant Chief of the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center) discovered an additional and hitherto unknown 16mm copy at the Disney Studios which had been made when the company acquired the rights to the property in 1938. A new restoration was undertaken by the George Eastman House combining the two sources in 1994. “Peter Pan” was added to the National Film Registry in 2000. >>
Live musical accompaniment by London-based musician Stephen Horne!
Free admission!  LOC/Culpeper website
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Friday Nov 17 at 7:30pm – The Scarlet Letter  (1927, 80 min).  From the LOC’s webpage: << Lillian Gish stars in this adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel as Hester Prynne, who engages in an adulterous relationship with the Reverend Dimmesdale (Lars Hanson) in Puritan New England. Gish, one of the most respected and popular actresses of her time, managed to get the film made by winning over a number of women’s and church groups around the country who considered the subject matter of the book unacceptable for the movies. Her pristine reputation, combined with a tasteful script by the great Hollywood screenwriter Frances Marion, caused them to change their minds and give the project their blessing. Directed by Swedish actor and filmmaker Victor Seastrom (Sjöström), the film also stars Henry B. Walthall, Karl Dane, William H. Tooker and Marcelle Corday. >>
Live musical accompaniment by London-based musician Stephen Horne!
Free admission!  LOC/Culpeper website
AFI/Silver – Silver Spring, MD
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Friday Nov 17 at 7:15pm – Our Heavenly Bodies
Saturday Nov 18 at 3:15pm – Behind the Door (1919)
Saturday Nov 18 at 7:30pm – Prix de Beaute (1920)
Sunday Nov 19 at 2:00pm – Casanova (1927)
Sunday Nov 19 at 7:30pm – A Modern Musketeer
and
Tues Nov 21 at 7:15pm – Chicago (1927). Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson!  Tkts  $15 / !13 / $10 / $8
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Friday Nov 24 at 2:30pm – Cine-Concert: The Crowd (1928,98 min)
Saturday Nov 25 at 1:00pm – Blue Jeans (1917, 72 min)
Free admisson!
Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Saturday Nov 25 at 8:00pm – The Beloved Rogue (1927)
Live musical accompaniment on a Wurlitzer organ!
Tel 301-600-2828. Theatre seats 1,000.  Website
DECEMBER 2017
Hesperus releases their DVD of Douglas Fairbanks’ Robin Hood (1922)!
with  their accompaniment of a newly-devised score of authentic English renaissance music!
Includes informative slide shows on early firm, the real Robin Hood, the making of the 1922 film, and a commentary track by film scholar Rob Farr!
Available through PayPal  ($18 to TinaChancey@mac.com) or by check to Hesperus, 3706 N. 17th Street, Arlington, VA 22207).
Tina Chancey is a performer, arranger, teacher, recording producer & writer, and has played authentic Medieval and Renaissance and Baroque music for the past 40 years. Her ensemble, Hesperus, has arranged scores of authentic period music for performances to Douglas Fairbanks’ Robin hood and The Mark of Zorro, and to Buster Keaton’s The General.
Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC
1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Saturday Dec 2 at 3:00pm – Peter Pan (1924, 105 min)
Sunday Dec 3 at 3:00pm – Peter Pan (1924, 105 min) – based on J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale.  Betty Bronson is Peter Pan & Ernest Torrence is Capt Hook!
Added feature for young, pre-reading audience members – two actors from Catholic University’s Musical Theatre program will perform the movie’s title slides aloud, in character. Appropriate for ages 6 yrs & up.
Original music score accompaniment by Atlas Curator & Resident Musician Andrew Simpson!   Website
Concession stand food & drinks, + free popcorn!
Tkts: $12 – $20    Tel 202-399-7993, ext. 2 (M-F, 1pm-6pm)    Website
Getting there: neighborhood parking is available; or take the Metro subway Red Line to Union Station, then take the free H Street Streetcar to 13th Street, NE.
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Saturday Dec 16 at 3:30pm – Cine-Concert: The Student Prince (1927, 106 min)
From the NGA’s website: << Ernst Lubitsch’s beloved silent was inspired by two earlier
works: Wilhelm Meyer-Förster’s romantic play Alt Heidelberg (1901) and its musical adaptation, the operetta The Student Prince by Sigmund Romberg, which had a New York premiere in 1924. Tracing the most tender of scenarios, the plot revolves around the handsome crown prince Karl Heinrich (Ramón Novarro) who, as a young student at Heidelberg, falls for Käthie (Norma Shearer), the tavern owner’s daughter.
(Ernst Lubitsch and John M. Stahl.) >>
Live musical accompaniment by Dennis James!
Free admisson!     NGA Website
2018
January 2018
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Culpeper, Va
19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Friday Jan 26 at 7:30pm – Submarine  (1928, 93 min).  From the LOC’s webpage: << Jack Dorgan (Jack Holt) and Bob Mason (Ralph Graves) are Navy buddies who have a falling out when Bob falls for Jack’s wife, Bessie (Dorothy Revier). While on maneuvers, Bob’s submarine collides with a destroyer and sinks to the ocean floor, entombing the crew alive, but with little oxygen. Top diver Jack wavers when summoned to rescue his rival. Frank Capra, who was known for small comedies at this time, was asked to take over direction of this first “A” picture production for Columbia Pictures when studio head Harry Cohn was unhappy with the dailies shot by Irvin Willat. The result was so successful both critically and financially that Capra, Holt and Graves re-teamed for two more action pictures, “Flight” and “Dirigible.” The 1921 Hallroom Boys comedy short “Their Dizzy Finish” [18 min] will be shown before the feature. >>
Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model!  Website
Free admission!     Information 540-827-1079 x79994 or 202-707-9994
LOC/Culpeper website
From the LOC’s Jenny Paxton:

<< The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater pays tribute to Columbia Pictures with screenings of features dating from the studio’s first “A” picture release, 1928s “Submarine” directed by Frank Capra, to the British Cold War Spy spoof “Our Man in Havana” (1959) starring Alec Guinness. The January line-up includes two additional Capra titles, “It Happened One Night” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” both on the National Film Registry. Several of the features will be preceded by short subjects released by Columbia ranging from popular big bands of the 1940s to comedies starring The Three Stooges and Charley Chase.

Columbia Pictures began as CBC Film Sales Corporation in 1918. Founded by Harry Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, and Joe Brandt, it took on the Columbia Pictures title in 1924. A minor player in Hollywood in the early years, the studio gained more prestige in the late 1920s, largely due to a successful association with director Frank Capra and is now one of the leading film studios in the world.

The largest nitrate film collection held by The Library of Congress is that of Columbia Pictures, consisting of 35, 366 reels. It was acquired when the American Film Institute (AFI) founded in 1967, focused attention on film preservation and actively sought motion picture materials in need of preservation. Thousands of titles have come to LC (as gifts) from AFI, the majority of them original nitrate negatives and masters from major studios such as Columbia, RKO and Universal.

Many thanks for your help in sharing information about the free film screenings at the Packard Campus Theater. New people find us every week thanks to your efforts. >>

Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Friday Jan 26 at 8:00pm – Battleship Potemkin (1925, 68 min)
Live musical accompaniment on a Wurlitzer organ!
Tkts  $7 / $5 discount (62+ yrs, students, military, FAC mbrs, City of Frederick employees        Tel 301-600-2828.        Theatre seats 1,000.  Website
February 2018
Salisbury University – Salisbury, MD
Holloway Hall, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801
Saturday Feb 3 at 7:30pm – Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! (1923, 70 min)
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Greene’s Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra!   Website
Tkt information – call  410-543-6271 or contact Salisbury University link
Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC
1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sunday Feb 11 at 4:00pm – La Boheme (1926, 95 min)
Original music score accompaniment by Atlas Curator & Resident Musician Andrew Simpson!   Website
Concession stand food & drinks, + free popcorn!
Tkts: $12 – $20        Tel 202-399-7993, ext. 2 (M-F, 1pm-6pm)        Atlas  Website
Getting there: neighborhood parking is available; or take the Metro subway Red Line to Union Station, then take the free H Street Streetcar to 13th Street, NE.
Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Saturday Feb 17 at 3:00pm – The Woman Disputed (1928, 108 min)
Stars Norma Talmadge (Buster Keaton’s sister-in-law) and Gilbert Roland
Live musical accompaniment on a Wurlitzer organ!
Tkts  $7 / $5 discount (62+ yrs, students, military, FAC mbrs, City of Frederick employees        Tel 301-600-2828.        Theatre seats 1,000.  Website
Kimball Theatre – Williamsburg, VA
428 W. Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
The William and Mary Global Film Festival (Feb 15 – 18) presents:
Sunday Feb 18 at 3:00pm – Nosferatu (1922, 92 min) starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlock, Gustav von Wangengeim as Hutter, and Greta Schroeder as his wife, Ellen.
Hosted by Katherine Preston, David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music.
Live music accompaniment by Tina Chancey and Hesperus! “The score will consist of German medieval and Renaissance music onviol, rebec, vielle, kanej, percussion and voice, combined with electronic sounds from the Haken Continuum. Performers include Nell Snaidas, Rex Benincasa, Niccolo Seligmann, Sally Sparks, and Tina Chancey!”
Tkts – $10. See Festival website for parking & more information.
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
From the British Film Institute’s  National Archives:
Sunday Feb 18 at 4:30pm – Cine-Concert: The Informer (1929, 100 min)
From the NGA’s website: << Liam O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel The Informer, set in Dublin in the aftermath of the Irish Civil War, has been adapted for the cinema several times (even by O’Flaherty’s cousin John Ford in the 1930s). This restoration from the BFI was the first adaption. “O’Flaherty claimed in his autobiography that he wrote The Informer ‘based on the technique of the cinema, as a kind of high-brow detective story.’ Set in the revolutionary ferment of the newly independent Ireland, among a cadre of poor political activists, this silent version captures the essence of the novel, that atmosphere of a world without possible escape, very like the closed system of later film noir” — Bryony Dixon. The new BFI-commissioned score by Irish composer Garth Knox includes accordion, flute, Irish pipes, and viola d’amore. >>

Free admisson!     NGA Website

Riverside High School –  Leesburg, VA
19019 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA 20176
Saturday Feb 24 at 7:30pm – The Immigrant (1917, 24 min) starring Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance! Original orchestral score by Andrew E. Simpson, performed by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Jason Love, conductor!
Precedes  Symphony No. 5 by D. Shostakovich and Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture, performed by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra! Jason Love, conductor!
Tkts $30     Tel  703-771-8282      Loudoun Symphony Orchestra website
National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
East Wing, lower level auditorium, 4th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Sunday Feb 25 at 4:00pm – Cine-Concert: Edmund Kean: Prince Among Lovers (1924, 139 min) From the NGA’s website: << Russian exile actor Ivan Mosjoukine settled in Paris and became a legend of the French silent cinema. In Kean ou Désordre et génie he portrays the troubled career of the fabled British Shakespearean stage actor, Edmund Kean — c onsidered one of the finest actors ever to perform — in a visually striking work by avant-garde Russian screenwriter and director Aleksandr Volkov. Recently restored from original negative by Cinémathèque française in collaboration with the Czech Film Archive and the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), the film’s beauty and psychological depth dramatically portray Kean’s life and loves while reconstructing (within French movie studios) a set based on the legendary Drury Lane in London’s West End. >>
Musicians Gabriel Thibaudeau and Frank Bockius in performance!
Free admisson!     NGA Websit
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5 thoughts on “MD-DC-VA Silent Film Screenings

  1. Pingback: Welcome to DC Silents! | dcsilents

      • I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but silents aren’t truly silent, and without dialogue, the music plays a LARGER role than in sound film. Yes, info. on the accompaniment is always helpful.

  2. Terrific to find this blog. I try to get to silent screenings when I can, especially when there is organ accompaniment, but they can be hard to track down. THANK YOU THANK YOU for setting this up.

    Mark.

  3. Agreed. Thanks. I’m bookmarking this page. This is necessary, because there are SO MANY showings around DC/Balt. I’ve been scouring the googles and the weekly city arts papers to keep an eye on things, but that can be frustrating. (Especially when you see something awesome already happened, and you JUST missed it!).

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