Atlas Silent Film Series

The Atlas Performing Arts Center inaugurates its Silent Film Series for the 2016-17 season. So-called “silent” films – that is, films made without a recorded audio track, represent a distinctive blending of music and film, combining on-screen drama with live musical performance. In fact, silent films were never intended to be viewed in silence by audiences., but rather with the presence of music and sound to amplify and enhance the film, creating a more powerful total experience.

Atlas celebrates this cross-disciplinary genre by screening classic films from the silent era.


Flesh and the Devil

February 12

Just in time for Valentines Day! A scintillating love story that showcases the romantic chemistry between silent film stars Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. A Hollywood melodrama at its best, telling the tale of boyhood friends, a tempting woman, duels, passion, honor, and dreams. Free Popcorn.
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Chaplin_The_Kid_3Why Be Good?

April 23

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a silent comedy film full of dancing, wooing gentlemen and a thoroughly “modern” woman and her men. Starring Colleen Moore, one of the most fashionable stars of the flapper era who helped popularize the famous bobbed haircut of the roaring twenties. Free Popcorn.

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aesimpsonThe resident musician for the series is Andrew Earle Simpson, a renowned and accomplished silent film composer, conductor, and performer. He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art, and appears regularly at the Library of Congress, AFI Silver Theater, and many venues across the United States and abroad. He is Professor of Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America, where he teaches composition, music theory, and courses in film and music.

Prof. Simpson creates live, improvised scores as well as fully-composed scores to accompany silent films. These screenings will feature live piano accompaniment, with scores designed to support and enhance the comic and dramatic elements of each film.