Silent Movies with Organist Clark Wilson: “Sherlock Jr.” & “Behind the Screen”

 Monday, June 17, 2019 
8:15pm-10:00pm  
Hoover Auditorium

Accompanied by silent film organist Clark Wilson, Hoover Auditorium will showcase the silent movie “Sherlock Jr.” and the short film “Behind the Screen.”

Wilson, one of the most recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America, works exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major pictures during the heyday of silent film.

He began his scoring career in 1980, and his work has led to performances for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society.

Wilson will also discuss silent films, scoring, movie palaces and pipe organs as a part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 in Hoover Auditorium.

“Sherlock Jr.” is a 1924 silent film about a film projectionist, Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton) who longs to be a detective, and puts his meager skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocket watch. (45 min.)

“Behind the Screen” is a 1916 short film about Charlie (Charlie Chaplin), who is an overworked laborer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss. (30 min.)

The Hoover Silent Movie schedule features two additional silent movie nights on July 22 and Aug. 12.

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