An audience of all ages settles in for three short films by Charlie Chaplin. (David Pierini/staff photographer)

The magic of the silent film era sparkles on the generous porch of Oak Park’s Pleasant Home.

A girl with an apron stands ready to sell popcorn, a string of warm, filament light bulbs border the porch and a young, talented composer is eager to lift and interpret the movements and gestures of the stars. Music and laughter spill onto nearby streets.

The “Silent Movies on the Porch” series ends Friday with the Harold Lloyd classic, Safety Last. This is the second August in a row that Pleasant Home has hosted a Friday night silent film series. 

Pianist Tom Holmes (not the writer whose work appears in Wednesday Journal and not the DOOPer who dresses up as Uncle Sam each July 4th) scores each of the films with a mix of period music and his own compositions. This year the films included Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr., three short films by Charlie Chaplin and, for the second year in a row, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

A $10 donation helps Pleasant Home continue the series. Showtime is around 8:15 p.m.

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David Pierini

In June of 2014, David was honored with the 1st Place Award for Best Photo Series, as well as the 1st Place Award for Sports Photo, by the Illinois Press Association. Check out his award-winning caliber...

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