3-Day Silent Film Festival At Lafayette Theatre Begins Tomorrow

posted by PeterApruzzese on April 8, 2005 at 7:17 am

SUFFERN, NY — The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre . Nine silent film programs with LIVE musical accompaniment to be screened April 8-9-10, 2005.

The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining silent film programs from the golden age of cinema, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen – and all with live musical accompaniment. Screening will be films with stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lillian Gish. All of the films are showing in the finest archive prints available and all will feature live musical accompaniment. Selected short subjects will also be a part of several shows. Festival Dates: April 8-9-10, 2005.

Among the musicians playing with the films will be the renowned silent film accompanists Dennis James playing “Robin Hood,� Robert Israel playing “The Thief of Bagdad� and “Grandma’s Boy,� Jeff Barker, John Baratta, and, making his United States debut, Michael Holmes of Great Britain playing “The Italian Straw Hat�.

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will be making their East Coast debut on April 8 accompanying “The Cameraman� and “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde�. The Museum of Modern Art’s Ben Model and the American Museum of the Moving Image’s Donald Sosin & Joanna Seaton will accompany selected short subjects with the Saturday and Sunday matinees.

Film Schedule
Friday – 4/8, 7:15 pm: THE CAMERAMAN (35mm, 1928, Buster Keaton) Mont Alto Orchestra
Friday – 4/8, 9:45 pm: (double feature) DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (16mm, 1920, John Barrymore) Mont Alto Orch. and THE UNKNOWN (35mm, 1927, Lon Chaney) Jeff Barker, Organ

Saturday – 4/9, 12:45 pm: GRANDMA’S BOY (35mm, 1922, Harold Lloyd) Robert Israel, Organ and SELECTED SHORT SUBJECTS in 35mm, Ben Model, Piano
Saturday – 4/9, 3:30 pm: THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT (35mm, 1927, directed by Rene Clair) Michael Holmes, Organ
Saturday – 4/9, 7:00 pm: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (35mm, 1924, Douglas Fairbanks) Robert Israel, Organ
Saturday – 4/9, 10:00 pm: WAY DOWN EAST (35mm, 1920, Lillian Gish) Jeff Barker, Organ

Sunday – 4/10, 12:45 pm: TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE (16mm, 1914, Charlie Chaplin) Jeff Barker, Organ and SELECTED SHORT SUBJECTS in 35mm with Donald Sosin, Piano, preceded by Joanna Seaton singing songs of the silent era.
Sunday – 4/10, 3:30 pm: ROBIN HOOD (35mm, 1922, Douglas Fairbanks) Dennis James, Organ and ROBIN HOOD (16mm, 1912 two-reeler, filmed in Fort Lee, NJ) John Baratta, Piano
Sunday – 4/10, 7:15 pm: THE GOLEM (16mm, 1920, Paul Wegener) Jeff Barker, Organ

Individual tickets are $10.00 for each show and are available at the door. Money-saving multi-show tickets are also available: Friday Night Passes are $18, Saturday Passes are $36 and Sunday Passes are $27 each. The Full Festival pass is $75.00.

The Lafayette Theatre – recently named as one of USA Today’s “10 Great Places to Revel in Cinematic Grandeurâ€? – is a renovated and restored 1000-seat 1924 movie palace. Featuring a large auditorium, superb acoustics, clear sight lines, modern projection equipment, and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, the Lafayette Theatre is the premiere venue for classic films in the tri-state area.

The SOUNDS OF SILENTS Film Festival is a production of Nelson Page’s Galaxy Theatre Corporation and the Big Screen Classics film series. The official website for the festival is available at: www.bigscreenclassics.com

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lklein on April 14, 2005 at 11:15 am

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