The Prescott Film Festival’s annual Halloween event is a classic, spooky silent film and the awesome piano accompaniment of Prescott’s own Jonathan Best. This year, the Film Festival screens the 1920 classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” starring John Barrymore.
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story, Doctor Henry Jekyll’s enthusiasm for science and his selfless acts of service have made him a much-admired man. But as he visits Sir George Carew one evening, his host criticizes him for his reluctance to experience the more sensual side of life. Sir George goads Jekyll into visiting a music hall, where he watches the alluring dancer Gina. Jekyll becomes fascinated with the two contrasting sides of human nature, and he becomes obsessed with the idea of separating them. After extensive work in his laboratory, he devises a formula that does indeed allow him to alternate between two completely different personalities, his own and that of a brutish, lascivious person whom he names Hyde. It is not long before the personality of Hyde begins to dominate Jekyll’s affairs.
Tickets cost $12 (or $6 for all Yavapai College students and staff with ID). These tickets must be purchased at the event.