Silent Film Spectacular

Albany Public Library offers a truly unique film-going experience in October with the return of the Silent Film Spectacular. This annual series features screenings of classic silent movies, accompanied by original scores written and performed live by talented local musicians.

This season’s films range from the dramatic to the macabre. The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue on four consecutive Wednesday evenings (Oct. 16, 23, 30) at 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4349.

SilentFilm2013_TheAdventuresofPrinceAchmedOctober 16 – “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” with live, original music by lastdayshining

This 1926 release is the oldest surviving animated feature film. Director Lotte Reininger uses paper and lead cutouts to illustrate the Arabian Nights story with tinted silhouettes. Albany band lastdayshining is a hard-hitting post-rock band with a sound characterized by expressive instrumental buildups that travel through a range of dynamic changes from quiet lows to bone-crushing highs.

the windOctober 23 – “The Wind” with live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse

“The Wind” is a 1928 American romantic drama directed by Victor Sjöstrom that features his trademark visual poetry of natural forces and their dramatic role in controlling human destiny. Blacklight Lighthouse is a musical duo that works in the collage mode to create climatic soundscapes using experimental and improvisational analog and digital instrumentation.

waxworksOctober 30 – “Waxworks” with live, original music by Helicoprion

“Waxworks,” a rarely seen film from 1924 by director Paul Leni, is a trilogy of horror stories centered on the wax figures in a carnival show. Helicoprion creates orchestrated and improvised sounds on guitar, bass, percussion, and horns to give the viewer a chilling and multisensory experience.

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