Salem’s Courthouse Launches Silent Film Festival
On Thursdays in September, the Salem Courthouse Community Center is introducing a free silent film series. Join us at 7:30 p.m. to view three great performances: Charlie Chaplin in ‘The Gold Rush,’ on September 11; Buster Keaton in ‘The General’ on September 18 and Harold Lloyd in ‘Safety Last’ on September 25. These three actors/directors, distinctive in their characters and approach to humor, rank as the most influential comedians of the silent film era. Known as a perfectionist, Chaplin developed a strong following once he adopted the persona of the sympathetic ‘Little Tramp’ in his famous bowler hat. Buster Keaton, while creating brilliant parodies of fellow performers, acquired a nickname, ‘the Great Stone Face,’ for his ever-present deadpan expression. Called the ‘glasses’ character, Harold Lloyd often performed daredevil stunts and extended chase scenes in his films.
When you arrive at the Courthouse on Broadway in Salem, N.Y., pick up your bag of popcorn, find a seat, and relax as Al Cormier provides fascinating details about the silent film era and its stars.