An Afternoon at the Silent Movies!

An Afternoon at the Silent Movies!

An Afternoon at the Silent Movies!

Sunday, October 30th, 2022, 3:00pm

Bring the whole family to the Gloucester Meetinghouse for an entertaining afternoon of classic silent movies with live keyboard accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

Audiences all over New England are familiar with the performances of Jeff Rapsis as he infuses new life into the art of live keyboard accompaniment to moving pictures from the early era of cinematic history. Before elaborate soundtracks and before actors spoke in films, keyboard artists entertained audiences with their live improvised musical accompaniment that followed the film’s storyline. With an extensive schedule of nearly 100 live performances in a year, Rapsis shares his mastery of this lost technique to the delight of audiences of all ages. Jeff Rapsis brings to his improvisational work a successful career as an award winning journalist and newspaper publisher. According to Rapsis, early films are best viewed on large screens and with minimal preparation by the keyboardist in order to ensure a fresh interpretation for every performance.

An Afternoon at the Silent Movies

The three films to be shown on October 30 are:

The Haunted House (1921)
Buster Keaton stars in this film about a gang of robbers, a crooked bank manager, and the bank’s teller who converge on a booby-trapped house decorated to appear haunted in order to fool the authorities. A series of uproarious encounters between the antagonists leaves the audience wondering who the true villain really is.

The Floorwalker (1916)
Charlie Chaplin stars in his signature role as “The Tramp” in this early comedy. The antics of an unruly customer (Chaplin) foil the crooked manager’s plans to make off with the store’s cash. This film features sight gags galore with an early version of an attempt to run down the up escalator and one character “mirroring” the movements of another.

The Red Balloon (1956) Le ballon rouge
A red balloon follows a young boy through the streets of Paris with varying reactions from his friends, family, and a gang of ruffians. The film received multiple awards including the Cannes Film Festival, and an Oscar Award for Best Original Screenplay. Written, produced, and directed by Albert Lamorisse, the film features his five-year-old son Pascal in the leading role and his daughter Sabine.

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Bring the whole family to the Gloucester Meetinghouse for an entertaining afternoon of classic silent movies with live keyboard accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

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Event Info:

  • Sunday, October 30th, 2022
  • 3pm to 6pm
  • The Gloucester Meetinghouse
  • Tickets: $15 General, $5 Students With ID, kids under 12 free.
  • Add to Calendar 10/30/2022 03:00 PM 12/31/1969 07:00 PM America/New_York An Afternoon at the Silent Movies!

    Bring the whole family to the Gloucester Meetinghouse for an entertaining afternoon of classic silent movies with live keyboard accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

    Gloucester Meetinghouse, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation info@gloucestermeetinghouse.org false MM/DD/YYYY 90

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10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

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