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The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adapted from Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he is infatuated with a star. Long before the hit Broadway musical, the film was released on September 6, 1925, premiering at the Astor Theatre in New York and then re-released with some dialog, a live recording of Faust opera pieces synced to a new soundtrack, a fresh edit, and some colorization in 1929. The black and white portions of the film are original to 1925 and the original 1929 overdubbed dialog will be synced with this viewing. The last surviving cast member was Carla Laemmle (who died in 2014), who played a small role as a “prima ballerina” in the film when she was about 15.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (German: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens), or simply Nosferatu, is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897); the Stoker Estate had refused permission. Various names and other details were changed from the novel: for instance, vampire became Nosferatu, and Count Dracula became Count Orlok. Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema. The film was released in the United States on 3 June 1929, seven years after its original premiere in Germany.

The Kid is considered one of the greatest films of the silent-film era and was written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. It was the first feature length film directed by Chaplin and the main character was his already popular “Little Tramp”. The Tramp (played by Chaplin) rescues a baby who was reluctantly abandoned by a distressed mother and successfully raises him for a number of years. When the mother eventually attempts to retrieve the child (Jackie Coogan, age 6), the Tramp and his young protégé embark on a desperate attempt to escape. In this feature film, Charlie Chaplin demonstrated sensitivity and compassion that would be hallmarks of his future work. It also changed the face of cinematic comedy by not only delivering chortles by the bucket load, but also entwining them with pathos, creating a classic, heartwarming story that will have tears of laughter and affection meeting on the same cheeks. The restoration of this picture is made possible by Janus Films.

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