Three Silent Comedies With Live Piano

Sun May 5
  • Sun May 5

Run Time: 90 min. Format: Digital

Three Silent Comedies with Live Piano ~ May 5.

Have you ever heard of “musical onomatopoeia”? This event takes sound effects to an entirely new level!
All ages will delight in this unique intersection of comedy, film and music. Three short silent comedies will be shown consecutively — each with live improvisational piano music by one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, Ben Model. The films include three laugh-out-loud classics: One A.M. with Charlie Chaplin, The Playhouse with Buster Keaton and Big Business with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

One A.M. with Charlie Chaplin – A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his house after arriving home late at night.

The Playhouse with Buster Keaton – After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Big Business with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy – Two Christmas Tree salesmen get into a mutually destructive fight with a homeowner.

Tickets $20 General Admission / $35 Premium Recliners

Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 35+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases from Kino Lorber, Milestone and his own label Undercrank Productions, as well as on TCM. Ben’s Undercrank Productions has released many rare undiscovered gems of the silent era, including films starring Marcel Perez, Alice Howell, Baby Peggy and Marion Davies that have been out of circulation since the 1920s, as part of a co-branding arrangement with the Library of Congress. Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and internationally, and he performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer/accompanist of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 21st season in NYC. Ben has co-curated several silent film series for MoMA and co-curates the monthly “Anything But Silent” series at the Cinema Arts Centre on Long Island. Ben has composed orchestral scores for several silent comedy shorts which are performed annually by ensembles around the U.S. and Canada. In his capacity as the archivist for the Ernie Kovacs collection he has programmed three recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows. Ben is a Visiting Professor of Film at Wesleyan University, where he teaches a course on silent film history.