Silent films abound in Greater Boston

Douglas Fairbanks (left) will appear on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre on Sunday in the 1924 silent film “The Thief of Bagdad.” Jeff Rapsis (right) will provide musical accompaniment.
Douglas Fairbanks (left) will appear on the big screen at the Somerville Theatre on Sunday in the 1924 silent film “The Thief of Bagdad.” Jeff Rapsis (right) will provide musical accompaniment.Photos courtesy of Jeff Rapsis

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Silent films with live musical accompaniment seem to be all over the local scene these days. If you missed the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra playing with Buster Keaton’s 1923 comedy “Our Hospitality” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, or organist Peter Krasinski accompanying Cecil B. DeMille’s 1927 silent biblical epic “The King of Kings” in Cambridge, mark your calendars for upcoming events that will feature some of the best in silent film accompaniment.

New Hampshire’s Jeff Rapsis is considered one of the nation’s top silent film musicians. He performs mostly in New England, but he hasn’t played the Boston area until now. On May 12 at 1 p.m. he’ll accompany “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924), an epic fantasy starring Douglas Fairbanks, at the Somerville Theatre.

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