HAROLD LLOYD STARS in “For Heaven’s Sake” (1926), a romantic comedy to be screened with live music on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Brandon City Hall. Admission fee; donations accepted. For more information, visit brandontownhall.com.
Classics from the silent movie era return to the big screen in May at Brandon City Hall and the Community Center, which will host another season of vintage movies with live music.
The first is Harold Lloyd in “For Heaven’s Sake” (1926), a thunderous romantic comedy which will be screened on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
Free entry; donations are welcome to help support City Hall’s ongoing renovation efforts.
Live music for each silent film program will be provided by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based performer and composer who specializes in silent film music and presentation.
In “For Heaven’s Sake”, Lloyd plays a wealthy young man in love with the daughter of an impoverished clergyman who cares for the urban poor.
On the day Lloyd and the girl plan to get married, Lloyd’s wealthy country club friends kidnap him to avoid what they see as an embarrassing mistake.
Can the petty criminals and chronic alcoholics of the urban mission save Harold and get him back to the church in time?
“For Heaven’s Sake”, promoted with the tagline “A man with a mansion, a miss with a mission”, became the fourth highest-grossing film of 1926, earning $2.6 million.
Critic Leonard Maltin described “For Heaven’s Sake” as “a screamingly funny silent comedy”.
In the live accompanying films, Rapsis uses a digital synthesizer to recreate the texture of the full orchestra. He improvises the music in real time, as the film is shown.
“It’s a real treat to be back in Brandon for another season of a great silent movie,” Rapsis said. “If you’ve never seen any of these movies in theaters, check them out. These movies were the pop culture of their time and still retain their ability to hold an audience and provide a good movie time.
It’s the 11th year of the popular silent film series, which gives residents and visitors the chance to see great films from the pioneering era of cinema as they were meant to be shown – on the big screen, with a audience and accompanied by live music.
The screenings take place once a month on Saturday evening from May until November.
Other films in the Brandon City Hall silent film series this year include:
Saturday June 11, 7 p.m.
“The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1924) with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. 100th anniversary of the successful adaptation of Robin Hood’s tales. The highest-grossing film of 1922.
Saturday July 23, 7 p.m.
“Sherlock Jr.” (1924) and “Battling Butler” (1926). A Buster Keaton double feature showing the stone-faced comedian at the height of his physical comedy powers.
Saturday, August 13, 7 p.m.
“Blood and Sand” (1922) starred Rudolph Valentino in his first starring role as a sexy bullfighter in this romantic thriller. Celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m.
“The Flying Ace” (1926), a rare example of films produced for black-only theaters in segregated parts of the country; added to the National Film Registry in 2021.
Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m.
“Nosferatu” (1922) Just in time for Halloween. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of FW Murnau’s original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” story.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
“His sister from Paris” (1925) with Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman. The scene: Europe. The cast: Rich people. Effervescent comedy about the battle of the sexes.