Cinematheque To Screen ‘The Heart of Cleveland’ and ‘Greed’ as Part of National Silent Movie Day

Silent film musician Jeff Rapsis will provide live keyboard accompaniment at the screening

click to enlarge A scene from the 1924 film Greed. - Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
A scene from the 1924 film Greed.
Last year, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque was among the 30 cinemas and performance venues participating in the inaugural National Silent Movie Day.

The Cinematheque will again participate in this year’s event, which takes place on Friday, Sept. 30. The theater will screen The Heart of Cleveland, a newly restored 1924 silent film commissioned by the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. It centers on two Ohio farm kids who fly to Cleveland and see what electricity can do. It screens at 6:30 p.m. New Hampshire-based silent film musician Jeff Rapsis will provide live keyboard accompaniment. The film was recently discovered at Cinecraft Productions in Ohio City.

This 29-minute movie will precede a 35mm film screening of Erich von Stroheim’s 1924 silent film Greed, an “unsparing account of how the love of money destroys the lives of three friends in 19th-century California.” Based on Frank Norris’ novel McTeague, Greed will also be presented with live musical accompaniment from Rapsis.
Tickets cost $15, or $12 for Cinematheque members, CIA and CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 and under.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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