Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 27, 2012

Film series to showcase classics


The Andover Townsman

---- — The free, Tambakos Classic Film Series 2012 will continue with three movies in October, culminating with a Halloween showing of the 1925 classic "Phantom of the Opera." All films are shown for free at the Rogers Center for the Arts, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Commentary for each starts at 6:30 p.m. and the films begins at 7 p.m.

The Tambakos Film Collection and the Tambakos Classic Film Series at

Merrimack College commemorate the life and passion of alumnus Demmy

(Peter) Tambakos, a member of the school's Class of 1974. At the time of his accidental death, Tambakos was

an aspiring screenwriter.

The films showing in October are listed below, along with a description provided by the Rogers Center:

“Leolo” on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

“Leolo” is a 1992 film by Quebecois director Jean-Claude Lauzon. The film tells the story of Leo Lauzon (Maxime Collin), a young boy living in a Montreal tenement with his dysfunctional family. He uses his active fantasy life and the book “Lavalee des avales,” by Quebecois novelist Rejean Ducharme, to escape the reality of his life.

Gilbert Sicotte, as the adult Leolo, narrates the film. The cast also includes PierreBourgault, Andree Lachapelle, Denys Arcand, Julien Guiomar, and Germain Houde.

“The Tempest” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

In Shakespeare’s fantastical thriller, the magician Prospero orchestrates spirits, monsters, a grief-stricken king, a wise old councilor, two treacherous brothers, and a storm at sea into a fantastical conspiracy bringing banishment, sorcery and shipwreck into the lives of two hapless lovers to stir and seal their fate.

Here Prospero takes female form as Prospera, who breaks her magical staff against an entrancing volcanic landscape at the end of her heroic quest.

“The Phantom of the Opera” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

“The Phantom of the Opera” is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title directed by Rupert Julian.

The film features Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star.

It is most famous for Lon Chaney’s intentionally horrific, self-applied make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere.