Silent films have an innate beauty, what with the actors expressive eyes and exaggerated features, the images arranged on the screen and their ability to tell a story without the spoken word.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Chautauqua Community House will run a double feature of silent fun as part of its Silent Film Series: Big Business (1929), starring Laurel and Hardy, and Charlie Chaplins Gold Rush (1925). And if youd like to have a meal beforehand, the dining hall is offering a 15 percent discount on dinner for those attending the films.
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Its fun to see and to enhance the movie with the mood, says Hank Troy, whos played piano for the series for the past 24 years. Its great to be a part of that experience.
Troy says silent-film piano accompaniment is an esoteric niche. Arranging and performing original music for silent film has become a lost skill, and Chautauquas emphasis on style and authenticity makes its screenings something special.
A national historic landmark located at 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, the Chautauqua Community House is more than 100 years old. How often do you have the opportunity to watch a silent movie in a building that was screening them during their golden era? Reminiscent of that time, this series isnt always so silent: Audiences often cheer on the heroes or hiss at the villains.
Tickets are $4 to $8; for more information, call 303 442-3282 or visit www.chautauqua.com.
Wed., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2008