I had a great time viewing "The Cameraman" last night at the United Congregational Church. This was the second silent film event I attended at UCC having seen "La Terre" last Fall.
The film, starring and direct by Buster Keaton, moved at the pace of life in 1928 New York. It was not as primitive as you would think for a silent, black and white production. It was funny, fast moving, with a completely understandable story line. Keaton was an amazing actor, the equivalent of Jackie Chan today. Most people would get seriously hurt if they attempted his stunts.
Turnout was good at around 300 people. This is the vast main sanctuary of the church, and with the E. M. Skinner Organ piping music at both ends of the room, the movie was hardly silent. Again Peter Krasinski played it masterfully.
After the movie I spoke with Peter, and a few of the people who put the show together. An interesting fact about the organ, it was rewired a few years ago using a system very similar to the DCC system I described here. In essence the organ keys now operate a digital interface. So it works 99% of the time instead of needing work 99% of the time.
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