On the Wing, On the Hoof: Silent Films with Music

Silent movies were never really silent, and while some transfers over the years have added music – everything from repetitive piano diddling to new or re-composed scores – there’s just nothing like hearing LIVE music with your antiquated cinema. Pianist Michael Mortilla agrees, and is on hand for musical accompaniment of a quadruple-bill of silent classics, including two fowl-themed shorts, The Voice of the Nightingale, a handpainted live-action from 1925, and a 1927 Max Davidson two-reeler, Call of the Cuckoo, featuring an early teaming of Laurel and Hardy. Also two “hoofy” titles: Buster Keaton’s The Goat from 1921, and the 1926 Charlie Chase romantic comedy, Mighty Like a Moose. Go see how Mortilla plays it out and be reminded of the geniuses of yesteryear.

Thu., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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