Take a Spooky Trip to Paris during Silents in the Cathedral

hunchback notre dame 1923Come to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s 16th annual Silents in the Cathedral Friday, Oct. 25 at 7pm. This year we feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The Hunchback of Notre Dame will transport you to 1482 Paris where the world of Esmeralda, a gypsy, and Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer, intertwine in an epic tale of drama and romance.

The film will be shown at Grace Episcopal Cathedral at 701 SW 8th Ave. Parking is adjacent to the Cathedral. Popcorn and bottled water will be sold as a fundraiser for the Cathedral’s youth group. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Along with the Hunchback, you will enjoy two short films. Felix-The Ghost Breaker (1923), an animated film from 1923 about a cat who tries to sleep in a graveyard only to be disrupted by ghosts, and The Thieving Hand (1908), a film dubbed the “strangest silent short film you’ve ever seen” about a prosthetic limb that takes on a life of its own.

Marvin Faulwell, noted theater organist, and Bob Keckeisen, percussionist, will provide musical accompaniment to the films. Denise Morrison, film buff and historian, will share the history and little known Hollywood gossip about the productions.

For more information, call the library at 785-580-4510. This program is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a partnership program between the library and Grace Episcopal Cathedral, in cooperation with Kansas Silent Film Festival Inc.

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  • Kaliope Brightman-Lancret

    I am hoping to make this a daily thing for myself