Silent films to be featured

Kelly Hurla, Washburn Review

The 15th Annual “Silents in the Cathedral” is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Topeka’s Grace Cathedral.

The evening will feature two short films and the feature film, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Blackmail.”

The first short film will be “Bewitched Matches,” a 1913 animated film. The ten minute film was directed by Emile Cohl, a French pioneer animator.

The second film is a 1927 comedy. “Eve’s Love Letter’s” which involves a woman being blackmailed by love letters from her past. The film was directed by Leo McCarey, and stars Stan Laurel and Agnes Ayres. “Eve’s Love Letter’s” is 20 minutes long.

“Blackmail” stars Sara Allgood and Cyril Ritchard, and is 80 minutes. The silent version of this film has actually been a rare occurrence when shown in theaters. It was Britain’s first feature-length,  talking motion picture.

Due to the length of the feature film, there will be a short intermission during the film.

Music for the evening will be played by Marvin Faulwell on the cathedral organ with Bob Keckeisen on percussion. Introductions will be made by Denise Morrison.

“Silents in the Cathedral” is sponsored by the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library, with cooperation of the Kansas Silent Film Festival, Inc. The event is free and open to the public.

Grace Cathedral is located at 701 SW  8th St.

More information on the event can be found online at http://www.kssilentfilmfest.org/cathedral/.