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The Insiders: Red Rivers is adding sound to silent film and you should check it out

When silent films were created, audiences were in awe. Now, a silent film has it’s place in history, but the thought of a movie created today without the use of sound is like making chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips. It just doesn’t make sense.

So you might be wondering why we are pointing you in the direction of Red River Theatres tonight for a showing of the 1928 classic, The Last Command, which happens to be a silent film.

Well, it’s because it won’t actually be silent – not with Jeff Rapsis in the house. Rapsis will create the film’s score live with the use of a digital synthesizer. In other words, prepare to have your mind blown.

The Last Command tells the story of a powerful general in Czarist Russia forced to flee his homeland during the Bolshevik revolution and emigrate to America. Tickets are $10 and the film begins at 7 p.m.

And at 1 p.m., the Concord Library is hosting its Wet and Wild Summer Reading Wrap-up Party on the lawn with refreshments, water activities and prizes for the best readers. Fun and learning, we like it.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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