When man first harnessed the power of a camera and witnessed the first recorded film, the ability to document and tell a story became limitless. The silent film era reached it’s peak in the early 1900s. Big-ticket films like Ben-Hur, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Abie’s Irish Rose came to gross as much as 5 million dollars. After the release of the Jazz Singer in 1927 , however, “talkies”, or films with synchronized dialogue, became the next big thing. Within a decade, silent films were no longer produced and simply became a relic of the past.
The organizers behind Richmond’s Silent Music Revival hope to continue the tradition and wonderful history of the silent film industry by combining the past with the present. The event, typically themed, features a silent film that is accompanied by live music. The band chosen for the event must improvise a score on the spot. This month’s event features the film- “Freaks” with Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford. Classical Revolutions RVA, led by David Robbins, will provide the music for the evening.
The event is free but donations are welcome. October 20th at Gallery 5. Doors open at 7:30pm.