Live Silent Film Accompaniment
Charlie Chaplin. Buster Keaton. Harold Lloyd. Laurel and Hardy. Names that defined cinematic comedy in the 1920's. While five generations have continued to praise their imagination, their superb timing and even insight into human character, unless you see their films as they were meant to be seen, with a large audience, projected in the dark, and accompanied by a sympathetic musician.
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Today's audiences find that this is a different kind of humor--one that is not based on cruelty, as so much modern comedy is. They rock with laughter: adults and kids, as well as elderly viewers, some of whom remember the films from when they first came out. Most of them are astonished at the sophistication of the film production, expecting it to be naive and primitive. It's a chance to re-live history; not only from the active scenes shot in the 1920s, (as well as hairdos, fashion and cars), but to think of yourself as enjoying a feature film just as your great-grandfather might have.
John Mucci has been accompanying silent films since 1972, and has been acclaimed as "bringing the silents back to life" and providing "hair-raising experiences" during the many chase scenes to delighted audiences in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and Arizona.
A great idea as a special event for libraries, schools, churches, granges, social groups, clubs, and film societies, Mr. Mucci can provide the 16mm film, projector, and keyboard skills; the venue provides a screen and piano; but there are many variants to suit the location and resources of the hosting group.
Call 203-722-6751 to learn more. See here for a long-running yearly film series.
Comedies are King -- but many silent dramas are just as compelling. Think Phantom of the Opera for Halloween... King of Kings or Ben-Hur for church groups. Cecil B. de Mille's The Cheat for a real hair-raising drama.
Films in repertoire:
DVD Silent Films available at ReelClassicDVD.com: