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Thursday, August 23, 2012
FOLA Silent Movies Big success
Buster Keaton Silent Movies Big Success in Ludlow
The movies were 90 to 100 years old, all in black and white, and lacked any sound. But that didn't seem to faze the over 75 people who gathered at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium last week to enjoy the comedy and melodrama of 3 silent movies featured by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium). Two Buster Keaton classics, 'The Scarecrow' and 'Cops', brought continuous laughter to an audience of youngsters (and those seeking to return to that youthful age) who had never seen the antics of silent movie comedians. Glenn Brown of Ludlow provided piano musical background for the Keaton romps. He noted, "I have to say for my part, I don't think I ever had played a piano for 40 minutes in the dark, focusing on the screen without looking at the keyboard. It was a great test of my memory and my fingers' knowledge of the keyboard that I had never tried before!" Jim Alic and Kevin Kuntz ran the projection equipment while David Almond and the rest of the FOLA crew helped manage events on the floor. Based on this experience, FOLA indicated that it has scheduled a full-length silent movie (about an hour) for Saturday, October 6 at the auditorium. The film, "Wings", is the first movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and, in addition to starring the "IT Girl", Clara Bow, marked the introduction of a young star by the name of Gary Cooper. For more information call 228-7239 orwww.fola.us.