Denver/Boulder / Film

32nd annual Chautauqua Silent Film Series announced

Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, Fairbanks and classic tales shown during weekly series

BOULDER
Colorado Chautauqua Association, the steward of the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, invites audiences to step back in time and enjoy an only-at-Chautauqua experience from a bygone era during its 32nd annual Silent Film Series. Classic and beloved stories and silver screen stars including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Douglas Fairbanks will delight film buffs and moviegoers of all ages. Each film takes place in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium and is accompanied by live music provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, pianist Hank Troy or the Silent Cinema Trio.

2017 Chautauqua Silent film Series

The Three Musketeers (1921)
Starring Douglas Fairbanks and featuring live musical accompaniment by the Silent Cinema Trio
Wednesday, June 28. 7:30 PM
Set in 1625, young D’Artagnan heads to Paris, his heart set on becoming a musketeer. Soon after his arrival, D’Artagnan meets three of the most respected and feared musketeers, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, and joins them to defend Queen Anne against the devious Cardinal Richelieu. Running time: 119 minutes.

Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night (1918-22)
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Wednesday, July 5. 7:30 PM
Join us for an evening of silent comedy with three of Chaplin’s classic short films:  “Shoulder Arms” (1918), “The Idle Class” (1921) and “Pay Day” (1922). Total running time: 96 minutes.

Peter Pan (1924)
Featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Wednesday, July 12. 7:30 PM
Peter Pan, a free spirited boy who refuses to grow up, enters the Darling’s nursery in search of his shadow. With the help of fairy dust, Peter leads the three Darling children (Wendy, Peter and Michael) to the mythical island known as Neverland. Running time: 102 minutes.

Harold Lloyd Comedy Night (1921-22)
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Wednesday, July 19. 7:30 PM
Silver screen star Harold Lloyd was a comedic genius and one of the most influential filmmakers in early cinema. Sit back and enjoy two of his laugh-out-loud comedy shorts, “Grandma’s Boy” (1922) and “A Sailor-Made Man” (1921). Total running time: 108 minutes.

The Scarlet Letter (1926)
Starring Lillian Gish and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Wednesday, July 26. 7:30 PM
Directed by Victor Sjöström, “The Scarlet Letter” is a 1926 American drama based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel. Set in Puritan New England, seamstress Hester Prynne (Lillian Gish) is forced to don the scarlet letter A for adultery until she reveals the father of her child. Running time: 98 minutes.

Spite Marriage (1929)
Starring Buster Keaton and featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Wednesday, August 2. 7:30 PM
One of Buster Keaton’s least known works is his last silent film, “Spite Marriage” (1929). Also featured will be the short film “Neighbors” (1920) starring Buster Keaton. Total running time: 89 minutes

Sherlock Holmes (1916)
Starring William Gillette and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Wednesday, August 97:30 PM
Long considered lost until a nitrate negative was identified in the vaults of La Cinémathèque Française, this film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. This newly-restored edition represents the sole surviving appearance of Gillette, credited as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes, on film. Running time: 120 minutes

College (1927)
Starring Buster Keaton and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano
Thursday, August 17. 7:30 PM
Brilliant in his studies and dismissive of athletics, Ronald (Buster Keaton) finishes high school at the top of his class. But in college his uptight attitude doesn’t win him any points with his sports-loving classmates, and a pretty coed. Also featured will bethe short film “High Sign” (1921) starring Buster Keaton. Total running time: 86 minutes.

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • All events take place in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium (b.1898)
  • All Tickets: $12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12) and available online at tickets.chautauqua.com
  • Chautauqua Box Office hours: 12 – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12 – 8 p.m. on Auditorium event days. 303.440.7666.
  • Chautauqua Concert Members receive a discount on select tickets and advance purchase privileges. The public is welcome to join as members at any time to take advantage of early purchase privileges and discounts.
  • All tickets are subject to a service fee.
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