The Freshman

Monday, May 1
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1hr 16mins // directed by:Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor // featuring:Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is proud to welcome back Berklee College of Music Professor Sheldon Mirowitz and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) for the world premiere of the BSFO’s new, original score to The Freshman (1925). This is the eleventh original Berklee score the Coolidge has commissioned for our Sounds of Silents® program.

For those interested in a behind the scenes look, Composer Sheldon Mirowitz will discuss the process of creating and then presenting live-to-picture a new score for a silent feature at a free master class here on April 25.  

About The Freshman

Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman’s careful plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the Fall Frolic. But he gets a climactic chance to prove his mettle—and impress the sweet girl he loves—in one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. This crowd-pleaser is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd’s slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm.

- the Criterion Collection 

About the BSFO

​The recipient of a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, in the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the student orchestra composes its new works, and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of Professor of Film Scoring Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America). To date, the BSFO has scored and performed eleven iconic silent features including F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, Faust, and The Last Laugh, Clarence Badger’s It, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality, E.A. Dupont’s Piccadilly and Varieté, and Rupert Julian’s The Phantom of the Opera, each commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Sounds of Silents® program.