Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 7:30p -
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
Alcohol, Art, Date Idea, Film, Music, Nightlife
Legendary 'Handcuff King' escape artist returns to the big screen in two stunt-filled early silent adventure movies
SOMERVILLE, Mass.—He reigned for decades as the legendary "Handcuff King," famous for daring and impossible escapes staged around the world.
But Harry Houdini also had a brief movie career, starring in a series of silent adventure films that showed off his athletic prowess and his talent for illusion, stunts, and escape.
See Houdini back on the big screen with a double feature of two of his surviving films on Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass.
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rare-harry-houdini-films-with-live-music-at-aeronaut-brewing-tickets-43573300916
The rarely screened films will be shown with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based performer regarded as one of the nation's leading silent film musicians.
Houdini made only a handful of movies in the 1910s and 1920s, and much of his film work is lost.
But enough escaped oblivion to provide a glimpse of the world-renowned escape artist at the peak of his worldwide fame.
In 'Terror Island' (1920), Houdini stars as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves. The film includes underwater sequences designed to show off Houdini's ability to survive after being submerged for long periods of time. 'Terror Island' was an ambitious production for Houdini; the film was directed by James Cruze and released by Paramount. Existing copies are missing about 20 minutes of footage but the story is still easy to follow.
In 'The Man From Beyond' (1922), Houdini plays a man frozen 100 years in the Arctic who returns to civilization to reclaim his reincarnated love. Once he's thawed out, Houdini tries to straighten out the lives of the descendants of his old friends and lost loves. The film includes a daring climax filmed at Niagara Falls.
Although Houdini's films were well-received, he eventually abandoned his movie career, preferring live performance.