January 14, 2018
Avalon Ballroom • 6185 Arapahoe Road • Boulder Colorado • 2-5 pm
Tango, waltz, foxtrot, or do the vintage one-step or two-step to the original music of the ragtime dance craze. Playing music from 1900 through 1930, the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra, with singer Susan Rogers, plays for dancing on the best dance floor in Boulder. Vintage or semi-formal attire encouraged.
January 21, 2018
The Mark of Zorro
Kiggins Theater • Vancouver WA
Rodney Sauer, with members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, present Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckler The Mark of Zorro. Douglas Fairbanks poses as an ineffectual fop while secretly fighting for justice in early California, in this hugely influential comic adventure.
February 10, 2018
Louisville Arts Center • Spruce and Grant, Louisville CO 7:30 pm
Rodney will be playing for a couple of comedies at the Louisville Arts Center. We'll start on a Laurel and Hardy film provided from the 8mm collection of Louisville resident Dave Hoole, followed by The Doll” a very rambunctious comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch in Germany in 1919. Based on the same Hoffman story as the ballet Coppelia, The Doll features a man, deathly afraid of getting married, who decides to instead buy a life-like doll to get his family to stop nagging him. But when the doll-maker’s assistant breaks the mechanical contraption, they need someone as a substitute; so a real girl (the charming actress Ossi Oswalda) takes the doll’s place. The movie is full of whimsy, broad comedy, and plenty of Mel Brooks-style wackiness, and was a major hit at the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival. It was attacked by the church for its unflattering portrayal of a bunch of hedonistic monks, and maybe also for its plethora of visual and verbal double-entendres; but despite very European sensibilities, it’s fine for an audience of all ages.
February 11, 2018
Peter Pan (1925)
Rialto Theater • Loveland, CO
The silent film version of Peter Pan, over which author J.M. Barrie maintained considerable control, is one of the most beautiful and enchanting silent films. J.M. Barrie selected unknown actress Betty Bronson to play the enigmatic boy who never grows up, and she is supported by excellent work by character actors Ernest Torrance as Captain Hook and Anna May Wong as Tiger Lily. Children will be highly entertained by the antics of Tinker Bell and the pirates, while parents will appreciate Barrie's unorthodox insights into the nature of children.
February 16, 2018
Buster Keaton and Marceline Day
Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
A film starring Buster Keaton and Colorado Springs native actress Marceline Day.
March 18, 2018
Longmont Museum • 2 pm
The winner of the first Academy Award is a sweeping epic of fighter pilots in the Great War. Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen fight the Germans and quarrel over Esther Ralston, but the real find is Clara Bow as a friend who joins the Women's Motor Corp. The highlight of the film is a series of dramatic air battles, filmed from the very airplanes that were leftover from the actual war, and a large-scale recreation of the Battle of St. Mihiel. Our score is based loosely on the New York Premiere score composed and compiled by J.S. Zamecnik, and requires a pit crew of sound effects people for the battle sequences.
Phyllis Haver as Roxie Hart in the startlingly cynical silent-film version of the story of corrupted justice.
April 29, 2018
Turner Classic Movies Festival
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood
Mont Alto's third appearance at the Turner Classic Movies Festival! The title has not been officially announced, but it is a true classic of the silent film repertoire, starring a Colorado native actor. All will be revealed...
May 30–June 4 2018
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Castro Theater, San Francisco
Titles to be announced, but we've been offered the chance to play two or three different films at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival!