The era of silent films is often called cinema's golden age, when the first celebrities of the screen began casting their long shadows over what would become one of the most popular entertainment media of all time. Big names like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton delivered performances that are still enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.
Michael Bay may fill more seats with his Transformers franchise but for those with a discerning eye for pre-talkie black-and-whites and an ear for music, there's Silent Movies with Boise Philharmonic at the Egyptian Theatre Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.
Ye olde movies—including The Immigrant (1925), starring Charlie Chaplin; Cops (1922), starring Buster Keaton; Poppa's Boy (1925), starring Lloyd Hamilton; and The Uneasy Three (1925), starring Charley Chase—are accompanied by scores by Ben Model, who has more than 30 years of practice restoring and composing music for silent film classics. Boise Philharmonic plays live during the films with Model on the theater organ and the guidance of Conductor Yorgas Kouritas and Music Director Robert Franz.
Silent films are beloved the world over because of their accessibility. Made in an era of industrialization, urbanization and general post-WWI confusion, they reflect themes and anxieties that are immediately recognizable to contemporary audiences.
Besides, they're just great movies.