Come and get ‘It’ with Clara Bow at Aeronaut Brewery on Sunday, Feb. 14
Special Valentine’s Day screening will feature 1920s Jazz Age silent romantic comedy with live music
SOMERVILLE, Mass.—A film that helped define an era returns to the big screen in February at the Aeronaut Brewery.
‘It’ (1927), a romantic comedy that came to epitomize the Jazz Age of the 1920s, will be screened with live music on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass.
The special Valentine’s Day screening is open to the public and is part of the Aeronaut’s commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance.
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com; search on “Aeronaut Brewery.”
“We thought a silent film about love and romance would be the perfect way for people to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fun and memorable way,” said Aeronaut spokesperson Christine Holmes.
‘It’ tells the story of a sassy shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome and wealthy boss of the department store where she works. The two are from completely different circles of society, but will attraction be strong enough to bridge the gap in their backgrounds?
The film made actress Clara Bow a major star, earning her the nickname of the ‘It’ girl. Released at the height of the Jazz Age, the movie was a hit with audiences, breaking box office records.
‘It’ is based on a novella written by Elinor Glyn and originally serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine. Glyn, whose writings popularized the concept of ‘It’ as a quality of attractiveness, has a cameo role as herself in the film.
‘It’ is also an early example of product placement, as Cosmopolitan magazine is featured prominently in a scene where a character reads Glyn’s story and introduces it to the audience.
The picture was considered lost for many years, but a copy was found in Prague in the 1960s. In 2001, ‘It’ was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The special Valentine’s Day screening will feature live music by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based silent film accompanist and composer.
“Among silent films, ‘It’ remains an audience favorite,” said Rapsis, who accompanies silent film programs at the Somerville Theatre, the Harvard Film Archive, and at venues around the country.
“People continue to be surprised at how engrossing and exhilarating silent films can be when shown as they were intended—in a theater, and with live music,” Rapsis said.
To accompany ‘It,’ Rapsis will use a digital synthesizer to recreate the texture of the full orchestra. The score is created live in real time as the movie is screened.
Rather than focus on authentic music of the period, Rapsis creates new music for silent films that draws from movie scoring techniques that today’s audiences expect from the cinema.
A special Valentine’s Day screening of ‘It’ (1927), a romantic comedy starring Clara Bow, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass.
Admission is $10 per person and are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com (search on “Aeronaut Brewery”) or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/961744873899654.
For more info, visit http://www.aeronautbrewing.com or call (617) 987-4236; for more info on the music, visit http://www.jeffrapsis.com.
Clara Bow stars in the romantic comedy ‘It’ (1927), to be shown with live music on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person. For more info, visit http://www.aeronautbrewing.com or call (617) 987-4236. (Courtesy Photo)