|Welcome to The Silent Clowns
Film Series, NYC's longest-running
regularly-scheduled showcase for classic
silent film comedy (since 1997)!
We present monthly, year-round showings
of the silent movies of Chaplin, Keaton,
Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd, and many
others, all with live musical
accompaniment by renowned silent film
Model. Our shows are
hosted by film historians Ben Model
and Steve Massa, who
films and hold a Q&A
after the screening. Our
shows are curated by
film historian Bruce Lawton.
Come early and read our excellent film
notes and enjoy silent-era coming
attraction slides. Our programs,
presented on a monthly
year-round basis on weekend
afternoons, are geared to classic film
fans as well as to families.
season of programs from September
through December showcases
the leading ladies and "slapstick
divas" of silent movies.
The PBS television show "NYC Arts"
aired a feature story on the
Film Series in 2017
and re-aired the segment in
2018. You can
watch it here
(segment begins at
The Silent Clowns Film Series presents
its shows in the beautiful Bruno Walter
Auditorium, located in the NY Library
for the Performing Arts, at the back of
Lincoln Center. Click on the
"theatre/tkts" button above for info
about the theater and ticketing
Clowns Film Series is dedicated to the
memory of Walter Kerr, whose landmark
book, "The Silent Clowns," was the
inspiration for our series (and its
name), as well as to the memory of
William K. Everson, Lee Erwin, David
Gill, Herb Graff, Ron Hutchinson, Eric
James, Cole Johnson, Eleanor Keaton,
Paul Killiam, Don Krim, Don & Karl
Malkames, Warren Rothenberger and John
Rogers...and dreams that survive.
Our shows have been
presented in NYC's Upper West Side since
we began in 1997, at the 78th Street
Theatre Lab, the New-York Historical
Society, The West Side YMCA's Marjorie
S. Deane Little Theater, Makor, the
Arclight Theatre...and since 2010 at the
Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library
for the Performing Arts.
This film series is a
production of Silent Cinema
Presentations, Inc., a 501(c)(3)
Silent Cinema Presentations is supported
by a generous grant from the Ira M.
Resnick Foundation, the Artrepreneur
Foundation, and its membership.
We encourage those of you who attend our
shows or who want to support us
financially to make a donation and
become a Friend of the Silent Clowns
Film Series. Click on 'membership info'
(above) for details.