Sat. Oct. 14: “Hal O’Ween” Hal Roach Comedies with Live Orchestra

Crazy Like a Fox 1926Charley Chase and Martha Sleeper in “Crazy Like a Fox” (1926)

 

Famous Players Orchestra
presents:

A Hal Roach O’ween

An Evening of Silent Comedies from the Hal Roach Studios
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us Saturday, October 14, 2017 as we present “A Hal Roach O’ween”, a screening of four classic comedies from the silent era. Included on the program will be:

Do Detectives Think (1927)
Crazy Like a Fox (1926)
Cat, Dog & Co. (1929)
Also, Buster Keaton in The Haunted House (1921)

The films will be accompanied by a period musical score performed live by The Famous Players Orchestra under the direction of Scott Lasky. Joe Rinaudo will project 35mm film on an original hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cameragragh Model 6 Motion Picture Machine. Your Master of Ceremonies will be film historian Stan Taffel.

Showtime is 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Program will include a 30 minute intermission and raffle with prizes. Concessions will be available.

Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning approximately one hour before showtime, or in advance online here:

 

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Lutheran Church, 2400 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. It is located on the southeast corner of Burbank Blvd and Buena Vista St, directly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beautiful downtown Burbank.


COMING SOON —

March 10th, 2018
Famous Players Orchestra Presents:

The Goose Woman

(1925)

 Starring: Louise Dresser

Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford in “The Goose Woman” (1925)

“The Goose Woman” (1925) Silent drama-suspense
Directed by Clarence Brown
Production: Universal Pictures Corporation
Producer: Carl Laemmle

Based on a short story by Rex Beach.

Starring: Louise Dresser (Marie de Nardi/Mary Holmes), Jack Pickford (Gerald Holmes), Constance Bennett (Hazel Woods), Spottiswoode Aitken (Jacob Riggs), Gustav von Seyffertitz (Thomas Vogel), George Nichols (Detective Lopez), Marc McDermott (Amos Ethridge), George Cooper (Reporter).

Louise Dresser gives an outstanding performance as the once world-famous opera soprano, Marie de Nardi, now living on a dirty, extremely rundown goose farm under the name Mary Holmes.

Slovenly, bitter, and drunken, she pours over old scrapbooks and photos of herself during her triumphant years, while listening to an old recording of her voice. Having given up her career for motherhood, she is resentful and full of hatred towards her only son, Gerald (Jack Pickford).

When a murder is committed near her house, she invents a story in order to get herself back in front of the public again. However, the story she comes up with results in her son being arrested for the murder. The Goose Woman became one of Universal’s “Jewels,” a prestige production with a better than average script, an excellent cast and production values, and an up-and-coming director.

The March 10, 2017 showing is accompanied by a period orchestral score performed live by The Famous Players Orchestra. Stan Taffel will be your host.

Showtime is 7:00 p.m. The venue is Christ Lutheran Church 2400 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506. Tickets go on sale February 1st, 2018 and can be purchased from our website at www.fporchestra.org/events


Thank you to everyone for attending our past shows and for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!

 


Support Our New CD Recording Project and receive Autographed CD and Free Shipping (order by Oct. 31, 2017)

 

Our New CD
Music of the Silent Cinema
is slated for release in
November 2017

We need your support to make this wonderful recording project possible! All orders postmarked before October 31st, 2017 will receive free shipping and the CD autographed by FPO’s Musical Director Scott Lasky. Your pre-order donation of $25 will go a long way toward helping us cover our production costs. Please specify “CD” when donating through the PayPal link below. Thank you!


Famous Players Orchestra performs and records the original historic film music used by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era.
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Famous Players Orchestra Performs at Cinecon

The Famous Players Orchestra was honored to perform at the gala opening night of the 53rd annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood at the Egyptian theatre. We were thrilled to receive a standing ovation after performing our score to “Steamboat Bill Jr.” (1928). Thank you Cinecon!

Here are a few scenes of FPO’s Cinecon premiere:

Famous Players Orchestra conducted by Scott Lasky:

Scott Lasky, Conductor, and Famous Players Orchestra

Our New CD
Music of the Silent Cinema
is slated for release in
November 2017

All orders postmarked before October 31, 2017 will receive free shipping and the CD autographed by FPO’s Musical Director Scott Lasky. Your pre-order donation of $25 will go a long way toward helping us cover our production costs. We need your support to make this wonderful recording project possible. Please specify “CD” when donating through the PayPal link below. Thank you!

For more information about Famous Players Orchestra please visit fporchestra.org.

Travel Back in Time with Silent Movie Night at Two Strike Park

EXTRA! EXTRA! Professor Rinaudo makes front page news at Crescenta Valley Weekly:

Silent Movie Night at Two Strike Park – print

Projectionist Joe Rinaudo will bring his vintage equipment to Two Strike Park to share films from the past.

By Joanna KIM, intern
Crescenta Valley Weekly 

With the digitalization of movies and videos in the modern age, silent films of the 1920s and ’30s are often forgotten. Joe Rinaudo, a local silent cinema historian and founder of Silent Cinema Society, is on a mission to preserve these early films by putting on shows for children and adults in parks and museums.

Rinaudo works with the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present early films to younger generations. He restored a 1909 Powers 35mm motion picture machine hand-crank and runs the movies as they were over 100 years ago.

Back when motion pictures were not readily available, projectionists traveled to small towns with hand-crank projectors and pianos and provided the townsfolk with entertainment. Rinaudo hopes to resurrect these old projectors and allow children to enjoy these once-adored silent films.

“The kids today have always viewed things on video or on a disk … but with events like this, they’re able to see something that their great-grandparents were seeing in the 1920s in their teens,” Rinaudo says.

On Aug. 5, Rinaudo and the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley are hosting a silent movie night at Two Strike Park beginning around 8 p.m.

“We bring our huge screen, like you would have done back in the ’20s, and have live pianist Cliff Rettalick,” Rinaudo said. “We set the projector up, and we do a show just like you would have a hundred years ago.”

The idea of hosting a silent movie in the park was the brainchild of Joanna Linckhorst and Mike Lawler, both members of the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley.

“[The HSCV] had done a movie night in Two Strike Park years ago celebrating [actor Dennis Morgan], who founded the park,” Linckhorst said.

Joe Rinaudo is known by the Historical Society.

“We have a real treasure in our community in Joe Rinaudo,” said Lawler. “Joe is a living history.”

The Historical Society tries to bring a sense of amazement that keeps audiences coming back for more, like in those early days of Hollywood.

“In the Crescenta Valley, we’re close to Hollywood. This silent movie presentation shows us how Hollywood was born,” Lawler said. “Many of these silent movies were shot nearby. It’s fun to watch the backgrounds and try to guess where they were filmed.”

Attendance to the movies is free. Attendees should bring a chair or blanket to sit on. There will, of course, be popcorn and bake sale items available for a donation.

Two Strike Park is located at 5107 Rosemont Ave. in La Crescenta.

“Everyone seems to like [the event]. We get them showing up earlier for good seats and more people [attend] each time,” Linkchorst said.

The show is kid-friendly, the admission is free, and baked goods and popcorns will be on sale. So bring your picnic blankets and folding chairs to Two Strike Park and travel back in time to the 1920s with Joe Rinaudo.

The movie titles have yet to be announced.

The HSCV survives on donations. Anyone who would like to help can do so by donating at the event or at www.cvhistory.org

Highlights from our last show with orchestra

Here are highlights from our recent “The Golden Age of Silent Comedy”, a screening of classic comedies from the silent era, presented Saturday, June 10th, 2017, in Burbank, California.

The films were accompanied by a period musical score performed live by The Famous Players Orchestra under the direction of Scott Lasky. For the first time ever there were sound effects to go with the films, performed by Mr. Gary Gibson.

Pay Day (1922) starring Charles Chaplin:

A Pair of Tights (1929) starring Marion Byron, Anita Garvin and Edgar Kennedy:

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Sat. June 10: “Golden Age of Silent Comedy” with Live Orchestra

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Charles Chaplin


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Famous Players Orchestra
presents:

“The Golden Age of Silent Comedy”
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Saturday, June 10th, 2017 as we present “The Golden Age of Silent Comedy”, a screening of four classic comedies from the silent era.


To start the evening off, Mr. Stan Taffel and Mr. Scott Lasky will take you through the process of how the orchestra is used to make the films on the screen come alive musically.

For the first time ever there will be sound effects to go with the films. Mr. Gary Gibson is the sound effects man.


Included on the program will be:

Why Pick on Me? (1918) starring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels and Snub Pollard
Pay Day (1922) starring Charles Chaplin
A Pair of Tights (1929) starring Marion Byron, Anita Garvin and Edgar Kennedy
The Show (1922) starring Larry Semon and Oliver Hardy

The films will be accompanied by a period musical score performed live by The Famous Players Orchestra under the direction of Scott Lasky. Mr.  Lasky has created original scores using period music. He has spent many, many days researching and compiling/creating period scores for each of the four films to be screened.

Your Master of Ceremonies will be film historian Mr. Stan Taffel.

Joe Rinaudo will project 35mm film on an original hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cameragragh Model 6 Motion Picture Machine, assisted by Mr. Gary Gibson

Mr. Shane Glander will be providing the screen. Mr. Gary Lacher will be on hand to video document the evening.


Showtime is 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Program will include a 30 minute intermission and raffle with prizes. Concessions will be available.

Admission is $15 (suggested donation). Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning approximately one hour before showtime, or in advance online here:

Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Lutheran Church, 2400 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. It is located on the southeast corner of Burbank Blvd and Buena Vista St, directly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beautiful downtown Burbank.

Thank you to everyone for attending our past shows and for your continued support! It is so greatly appreciated!


ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA

In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 -1929), a new and original art form was burgeoning. During this period, a vast and beautiful repertoire of film music was being created by gifted composers who saw a great future in the new medium. Movie theaters of the day commonly utilized orchestras to provide film accompaniment for their premium showings. These theaters typically housed massive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “photoplay” music) for use as film accompaniment. However, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, preceded by the Movietone and Vitaphone systems, would eventually bring the demise of live film accompaniment. Thus, as movie theaters converted over to sound, these music libraries became obsolete almost overnight and most of the music was discarded in the process. And since photoplay music was rarely recorded, and the composers mostly unknown, this important chapter in cinema history was swept away into obscurity and has remained practically forgotten.

Famous Players Orchestra is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose charitable mission is dedicated to reviving and preserving this charming and long forgotten music through live performances and new recording projects. For its repertoire, Famous Players Orchestra draws upon the original orchestrations used by silent era movie theater orchestras in its live presentations and recordings. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians based in the Los Angeles area.

Your support is appreciated! Your generous contributions help us to continue our work in reviving and preserving this musical treasure from cinema’s past. Donations are easily accepted using paypal. Thank you!

Visit the FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA Website

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