Silent Movie the Way It’s Supposed to Be


Tonight I saw my first silent movie with a real organist playing along. He is so good I kept forgetting that the music was live, not a sound track.

San Diego has a gem in the Spreckels Organ and Pavilion in Balboa Park, donated almost 100 years with the condition of free concerts. Every Sunday at 2 PM there is a concert. During the summer the Spreckels Organ Society sponsors concerts on Monday evenings. One of those Mondays is devoted to a silent film and Dennis James plays the movie music on organ with over 4,500 pipes.

I can’t remember the last time I sat through a silent movie on television, and had never seen this one – The Cameraman starring Buster Keaton. It’s laugh out loud funny and Mr. James knows his movie music – the themes, the timing, the volume – and brings out the best of the movies.

Hopefully I remember this and do it again next year. This photo comes from the L.A. Times blog about this summer’s concerts.

One Comment

  1. Comment by Aravis:

    Wow, that’s really impressive!