By Victoria Bednarz, Staff Writer
The third annual Ciccone Theatre Silent Film Series has begun. With his own acting experience on mob movies like Goodfellas, The Sopranos, and Analyze This, film star Tony Darrow is hosting what the Ciccone Theatre is calling “Gangster Classics of the Silver Screen.”
This virtual event allows you to stream gangster silent films from the comfort of your own home, but there’s a catch: each film is accompanied by original music composed by its featured artists.
The first showing was of the 1906 film The Black Hand and the 1913 film The Musketeers of Pig Alley. The films follow the Italian extortion plot that involved a thief and his role in a mob shootout and letters threatening bodily harm.
Composer and musician John La Barbera performed his original score for not one, but both films. Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton perform their original score for the 1920 film Outside the Law, which is also currently uploaded and ready for streaming. La Barbera returned for the third installment playing along with the 1912 film The Adventures of Lieutenant Petrosino.
“These films are like relics that are being brought to life again for us here in the 21st century,” said La Barbera.
Tune into the Ciccone Theatre Silent Film Series to stream all three performances and while you’re there, consider leaving a small donation supporting the arts at Bergen Community College. It’s a performance you do not want to miss and an offer you can’t refuse.