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Silent Fury

Throughout April Philadelphia is host to the, duh, Philadelphia Film Festival. As always the event is spotlighted (and continues to be throughout the month, check them out) by many terrific new films and features. One of the best this year, in my opinion at least, was the presentation of the 1920 silent version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Prince Music Theater. Now if seeing this classic on the big screen wasn’t enough, it was scored live by local band, Golden Ball. This was a unique experience as this is how it was done back in the day -with an organ or piano granted, but still – this was still way cool. It took a few minutes to get used to Golden Ball as unfortunately the band was too loud for the room, but once we were settled in, and used to the groove, everything was cool. And John Barrymore’s performance was as terrific now as it was nearly ninety years ago. A terrific evening all around.