In honor of Halloween's approach, Bowdoin Film Society is bringing creepy movies to Smith Auditorium, including a very special screening of a silent film with live music.
Friday night at 7:00 p.m. we're starting it all off with Alejandro Amenábar's The Others (2001). In the vein of Charlie Chaplin, Amenábar wrote, directed, and composed the music for this scary movie--a rare and impressive feat. The film is set during the years following World War II and stars Nicole Kidman. She plays a woman who is trying to raise her kids alone in a creepy house. They're a little strange themselves since they can't be exposed to any light. The house consequently has to be kept in darkness. Things get even scarier when three new servants show up.
Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. the scary theme continues with the classic Rosemary's Baby (1968). In this Roman Polanski film, a young couple, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse (Mia Farrow and John Cassavettes), move into a new apartment and get friendly with the neighbors. Unfortunately, this proves to be a bad idea. Strange things start happening in the building. For example, the couple can hear chanting and eventually a neighbor jumps out of the window. After a sex dream involving an awful beast, Rosemary becomes pregnant and may be carrying Satan's child.
On Sunday at 4:00 p.m., BFS will be going back in time to one of the first installments of the haunted house genre with F.W. Murnau's The Haunted Castle (1921). This film is more of a murder mystery but takes place in a creepy castle, so it fits well with the Halloween spirit. Since this film was made in the early days, there's no objectionable material so kids are strongly encouraged to attend.
The Haunted Castle was recently restored by the National Film Museum in Bangor, Maine. Bath's very own Doug Protsik wrote the score to the film. He will be in Smith Auditorium to perform his music live. Doug routinely packs houses at the Eveningstar Cinema during his winter silent film series and has many loyal fans. If you have never seen a silent film, this would be an ideal time to see your first. In the silent era, there was no other way to see a movie except on the big screen with live music. This is as close to authentic as we can get.