Silent Movie Shorts

Anne Timpane

By Anne Timpane, Director of Music Ministries

The term silent film describes any movie made from 1893 to roughly around 1926-1928 with no synchronized sound. During silent films, a pianist, organist, or, in large cities, even a small orchestra would often play music to accompany the films.

After the April 23rd roast beef Third Sunday Supper, we’ll present silent movie “shorts” as they were in their day – with live organ accompaniment masterfully provided by Jonathan Oblander, tonal director of Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders. Jonathan will improvise as a mischievous theater worker posts the bills for the upcoming show in “Post No Bills,” dream up a musical score for “Fiddlesticks” a 1927 film starring Harry Langdon, and accompany the hilarious antics of Laurel and Hardy as they attempt to sell Christmas trees door to door in “Big Business.”

Dinner and conversation begins in the Parish Hall at 5:45 pm., followed by the hour-long silent movie program for all ages in the church at 6:30 pm. $5 per person/$10 for two/ $15 for families of three or more.


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