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The Insiders: Shhh, we’re trying to watch the silent film

Harold Lloyd stars in 'Grandma's Boy' (courtesy photo)

Harold Lloyd stars in 'Grandma's Boy' (courtesy photo)

Given the pattern of advancements in film, it’s only a matter of time until silent columns are a thing of the past. Just think of the day when you can share your morning coffee with an Insiders column that speaks to you in a literal way, and not just in the figurative sense that our finely crafted prose already does. Those days can’t be far off.

Sometimes, though, a little nostalgia is good. So while you lament the fact that this column remains silent, rejoice in the opportunity to watch a throwback silent film when Red River Theatres hosts a screening
of the classic comedy, Grandma’s Boy, starring Harold Lloyd, tonight at 7.

But that’s not all – the music to accompany the film will be played live by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer. And Rapsis will use themes created beforehand to improvise the music live as the film is shown – eat your heart out, whoever else tries to do stuff like that!

Lloyd was apparently quite famous in his day, though he’s relatively unknown to modern audiences because he retained control of his films later in life and refused to let them be shown on television. Well that, and because he’s been dead for more than 40 years and made a career by not saying words.

Grandma’s Boy will be shown in the Jaclyn Simchik screening room. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 224-4600 or visit

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Watch us segue from silent theater to live theater and recommend that you consider checking out Fame, Jr. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, tonight at 7 (or tomorrow at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $10. Visit or call 225-1111 for more information.

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