DIXFIELD —”The Man Who Laughs” (1928), a silent film thriller, will be screened with live music at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Tuscan Opera House. The program, organized by Dirigo High School students as a fund-raiser for the local historical society, is open to the public. Admission is $10 per person. Live music will be provided by accompanist Jeff Rapsis, a New England-based performer who specializes in creating music for silent film presentations.

“The Man Who Laughs,” directed by Paul Leni and starring Conrad Veidt, is a silent drama about a disfigured man forced to wear an insane grin all his life. The movie was a popular and ground-breaking silent film adaptation of a sprawling Victor Hugo novel set in 17th century England.

Critics have praised “The Man Who Laughs” for its dark visual style and daring story content.

For more information and advance tickets, contact Dirigo High School teacher Kurt Rowley at 207-680-0113.

Conrad Veidt stars as the disfigured hero Gwynplaine in “The Man Who Laughs” (1928), an expressionist melodrama to be screened with live music by Jeff Rapsis at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Tuscan Opera House, Main Street, Dixfield.

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