Rare Houdini film, with live music, at Town Hall Theatre in Wilton

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  • Harry Houdini in movie art for the film 'Haldane Of The Secret Service', 1923. (Photo by Houdini Picture Corporation/Getty Images) Courtesy Photo—Getty Images

Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:22AM

The legendary “Handcuff King” escape artist Harry Houdini 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.

One of his few surviving feature films, Haldane of the Secret Service, will be screened on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre on Main Street in Wilton

The rarely seen film from 1923 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. Rapsis improvises live scores for silent films using a digital synthesizer to recreate the texture of the full orchestra.

“It’s kind of a high wire act,” Rapsis said. “But for me, the energy of live performance is an essential part of the silent film experience.”

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per person to defray expenses.