Biblical Epic “Ben Hur” on the Big Screen
‘Ben-Hur’ (1925) starring Ramon Novarro. Just in time for Easter! In the Holy Land, a Jewish prince is enslaved by the occupying Romans; inspired by encounters with Jesus, he lives to seek justice. Based on the classic 19th century historical novel by Col. Lew Wallace. One of the great religious epics of Hollywood’s silent film era, including a legendary chariot race that’s lost none of its power to thrill. Timeless silent film on the big screen!
Jeff Rapsis is a New Hampshire-based musician and composer who specializes in creating live music for silent film screenings. Over the past 15 years, he has accompanied more than 1,000 screenings in New England, around the nation, and in Europe. Notable recent appearances include the Cleveland Cinematheque, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in San Francisco; the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Mass.; and the Cinema Museum in London, England. In 2019, Jeff accompanied a silent film program at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, his Kilimanjaro Suite for Large Orchestra was premiered in 2017 by the N.H. Philharmonic Orchestra. A long-time journalist and editor, Jeff co-founded and is co-owner of the Hippo, the region’s weekly entertainment guide. When not accompanying silent films, Jeff is executive director of the Aviation Museum of N.H. at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. For more information, visit www.jeffrapsis.com