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Arts/Entertainment

August 29, 2013

Classic cinema -- silent style -- at Rogers Center for the Arts

Silent films with musical accompaniment return to the big screen this fall at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Silent film composer Jeff Rapsis, regarded as one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, will provide the sound track for the films.

The free, Wednesday night series features four of the most-requested titles from the silent film era:

Sept. 11: “The Cameraman” (1928), starring Buster Keaton.

Oct. 30: “Nosferatu” (1922), directed by F.W. Murnau. Just in time for Halloween, the title is the original silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous “Dracula” story.

Jan. 22: “Birth of a Nation” (1915), starring Lillian Gish.

March 26: “The Strong Man” (1926), starring Harry Langdon.

All of the screenings start at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

“If you haven’t seen a silent film the way it was intended to be shown, then you’re missing a unique experience,” Rapsis says in a release.

“At their best, silent films can be surprisingly sophisticated. They still retain a tremendous ability to cast a spell, engage an audience, tap into elemental emotions and provoke strong reactions.”

For more information on the series, call the box office at the Rogers Center for the Arts at 978-837-5355.

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