Film series and fests signal autumn

Boston Film Festival

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Fall is New England’s season of renewal — just look at those fresh-faced kids loading rolling bins at dorm doors — and nowhere is that more evident than on the region’s movie screens.

As it has done for decades, the venerable Brattle Theatre ( in Cambridge welcomes the new crop of students and filmgoers with a fall schedule that includes a “Best of Bogart” series (Oct. 4-16) with 18 films ranging from the noir classic “Dark Passage” to Bogie’s Oscar-winner, “The African Queen.” “Silent Screams” features the silent horror films “Nosferatu” (Oct. 28) and “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (Oct. 29) with live musical accompaniment, as well as “Night of the Living Dead” (Oct. 30), with an alternative music score that will be performed live.

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