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May 8, 2014

Boris will help bring 'The Kid' to life

DANVILLE — Vic Boris, lover of film and of film history, will accompany a silent film presentation Saturday.

Boris teaches in the music and communications departments of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove. He also teaches two film courses. “In both courses, I accompany a silent film so students have the experience of the teens and the 1920s. It’s something I really enjoy doing,” he said.

He will provide piano accompaniment for “The Kid” at 7 p.m. and at 9 p.m.

in Zing Productions’ Booth Theater at 116 Mill St.

The Charlie Chaplin film includes Jackie Coogan and Edna Purviance.

‘“The Kid’ is a genuine classic, is very sentimental and has a lot of laughs in it,” he said.

“Silent film is incredible. It tells a story with no words. The whole story is what you see. Every frame in the film is important to the actual story. Depending upon who the accompanist is, there can be different interpretations. The music influences the different ways in how we view the film,” he said.

“The Kid” is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by and starring Chaplin. Coogan appears as his adopted son and sidekick.

The film was Chaplin’s first full-length film as a director. It was the second-highest grossing film in 1921.

“Film is important because everybody loves film which has been around for over 100 years. Look how popular film is today. When a film opens, it can make millions in one weekend. People enjoy getting out of the house and going to the movies,” Boris said.

Many older films have been preserved through television channels like Turner Classic Films, he said. The day he was interviewed, Boris was watching a film from the 1940s.

The cost for the Danville program is $10 which includes snacks. Those attending can bring their own bottles. Reservations should be made by calling 561-255-0886 or 570-441-5873.

This is the second presentation by Boris in the Zing’s silent film series.

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