Silent Nights

A Charlie Chaplin triple feature, a creepy film about a circus man with no arms, and a conversation with the head of the Moving Image Section of the Library of Congress are only a few highlights of this year’s Denver Silent Film Festival. The series kicks off with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Chaplin’s famous character, the Tramp. It continues with screenings of timeless films, including The Unknown, directed by Tod Browning, and Passing Fancy, by Yasujiro Ozu.

“It’s a small festival, and we choose very carefully,” says artistic director Howie Movshovitz. “We can simply choose the very best films we want, and we can put together a program that has a sort of balance that interests us.”

Mike Mashon of the Library of Congress will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and lead a conversation with film archivist David Shepard. “They’re both great fun and have a gazillion stories to tell, and they’re really smart and insightful and understanding,” Movshovitz adds.

The festival begins at 8 p.m. tonight at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way on the Auraria campus, and runs through tomorrow. To view the full schedule and purchase tickets, $12 per screening, visit
Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 1, noon, 2014