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Silent Tuesdays

12 Films on Screen

An autumn tradition at the Dryden Theatre, Silent Tuesdays is a survey of some of the best films in early cinema history, all with live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli. This year’s selection runs from 1915 to the early 1930s and features the familiar faces of Lionel Barrymore, Louise Brooks, and Charley Chase, as well as famous directors such as William S. Hart and Paul Leni. We have dramas and comedies, romances and westerns—not to mention a special Halloween film. If you’ve never seen a silent film, this is the way to see it: On the big screen with live music!

September 6: The Prisoner of Zenda (Rex Ingram, 1922)
September 13: Young Romance (George Melford, 1915)
September 20: On Trial (James Young, 1917)
September 27: The Second in Command (William Bowman, 1915)
October 4: Don Juan (Alan Crosland, 1926)
October 18: The Narrow Trail (William S. Hart, Lambert Hillyer, 1917)
October 25: The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni, 1928)
November 1: Charley Chase Shorts Program
November 15: Love ’Em and Leave ’Em (Frank Tuttle, 1926)
November 22: Ingeborg Holm (Victor Sjostrom, 1913)
November 29: The Copperhead (Charles Maigne, 1920)
December 6: title to be announced

Events in this Series

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Don Juan

Dryden Theatre

Silent Tuesdays On July 21, 1926, Warner Bros. announced that their upcoming feature Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, would be the first film to utilize their Vitaphone process. This technique required both a 35mm print of the film as well as a set of sound discs to be played alongside, synchronized and amplified into the theater. Less than a month later, the film had its world premiere at the Warners’ Theatre in New York City.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Narrow Trail

Dryden Theatre

Silent Tuesdays One of the great silent movie cowboys, William S. Hart was—much like his peer “Broncho” Billy Anderson—a writer, director, and producer as well. Hart fulfills all of those roles in The Narrow Trail, where he stars as Ice Harding, an escaped outlaw, ambivalent about his future life in crime.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Man Who Laughs

Dryden Theatre

Silent Tuesdays One of only four films German emigré Paul Leni directed in Hollywood before his untimely death, The Man Who Laughs is his most iconic. In it, he reunites with fellow German Conrad Veidt, who takes on the role of Gwynplaine, who, as a small boy, was disfigured by decree of King James II so that he has a permanent wide grin.

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