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Silent film series runs through April

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan's Program in Film and Video Studies will launch its silent film series with a showing of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent horror-film classic " Nosferatu" at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Michigan Theater.

The first movie based on Bram Stoker's novel " Dracula," the film will feature Hans Erdmann's original musical score conducted by film-music scholar Gillian B. Anderson and performed live by the Michigan Theater Orchestra. Anderson also will discuss the musical score following the film.

The second film classic featured in the series, " The Sea Beast," will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Michigan Theater.

Based on Herman Melville's novel " Moby Dick," the film will include an improvised organ score played live by the Michigan Theater's pipe organist Paul Lauter.

" The Sea Beast" was directed by Willard Webb and stars John Barrymore as Ahab Creely. It will be presented in association with the U-M Museum of Art exhibition " Unpainted to the Last: Moby Dick and American Art, 1930-1990."

Other films in the series include: " Greed," 7 p.m. Jan. 5, 1996; " Metropolis," 7 p.m. Feb. 14; " Ben Hur," 7 p.m. March 23; and " The Merry Widow," 3 p.m. April 28.

Tickets for " Nosferatu" are $19.50 and $14, and are available at Schoolkids Records, 523 E. Liberty, or by calling the Michigan Theater, (313) 668-8463. Tickets for " The Sea Beast" are $6 regular admission, $5 students and $4 Michigan Theater members, and are available at the door. To purchase tickets for the entire silent film series, call (313) 668-8463. For more information, call the U-M Program in Film and Video Studies, (313) 764-0147.