'The Sheik' Leads New HRC Series

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Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, by rherring on FlickrThanks to the Harry Ransom Center, we'll have even more free summer movies to choose from in Austin. The Orientalist Silents Film Series is part of an HRC exhibit called "The Persian Sensation: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in the West" that will run through August 2. The exhibit is also free -- and is open right before the screenings in case you want some context and culture.

The Orientalists Silents series begins this Thursday at 7 pm with the notorious Rudolph Valentino film The Sheik from 1921. The HRC theater isn't large, so get there early if you want a seat.

The film series will continue on June 25 with The Thief of Bagdad, the 1924 version that stars Douglas Fairbanks. And on July 23, you can see the 1926 German silent The Adventures of Prince Achmed, one of the first animated feature films, based on the Arabian Nights stories.

Check out the HRC events page for more info and links to trailers for all three films. Better yet, visit and bookmark the HRC YouTube page, which contains not only the trailers but all sorts of fascinating videos.

[Photo credit: "Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center" by Rodney Herring. Found on Flickr; used under Creative Commons license.]