Silent Cinema at the Music Box

Sat, Jan 4th, 2020
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020

Classic silent films the way they were meant to be seen!  Featuring a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist. Co-presented by The Chicago Film Society.

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General Admission Tickets – $11 / Senior Tickets – $9 / Music Box Members – $7

Movies & Showtimes for
Silent Cinema at the Music Box

Bare Knees

A FILM BY: Erle C. Kenton
WRITTEN BY: Adele Buffington (story), Casey Robinson (titles)
STARRING: Virginia Lee Corbin, Donald Keith, Jane Winton

Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott | Co-Presented by Chicago Film Society

The flapper captured America’s imagination in the 1920s, and Hollywood gave the public what it wanted with It and Our Dancing Daughters. Leave it to low-budget independent Gotham Productions to deliver the most whole-hearted endorsement of the archetype in Bare Knees. With her modern fashion and penchant for cigarettes, Billie (Virginia Lee Corbin) sticks out from the moment she arrives in Portersville, Virginia, a marked contrast to her prim sister Jane (Jane Winton) and her district attorney husband (Forrest Stanley). Billie soon turns the sleepy town upside down with new uniforms for the women’s softball team and fresh insights into conservative hypocrisy. With no star egos to weigh down the proceedings, Bare Knees emerges as a fleet and crisp time capsule, crammed with clever wordplay and fiery setpieces.

35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress

Technical Information

Production Year: 1928
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 60 mins
Format: 35mm

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

A FILM BY: Ernst Lubitsch
WRITTEN BY: Karl Heinrich (from the book), Marian Ainslee (titles)
STARRING: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, Jean Hersholt

Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott | Co-Presented by Chicago Film Society

Ernst Lubitsch had already acquitted himself capably in bringing the wit of Oscar Wilde to the screen without the benefit of spoken dialogue in his version of Lady Windermere’s Fan, so why not adapt Sigmund Romberg’s famous operetta The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg without the music? As in Lubitsch’s best work, the perverse constraints of the set-up serve to elevate the emotional stakes and refine the visual grammar. Ramon Novarro stars as Crown Prince Karl Heinrich, a pampered brat whose life only becomes human-sized again when he and his tutor Dr. Jüttner (Jean Hersholt) take in the earthy pleasures of Old Heidelberg. Karl soon falls for Kathi (Norma Shearer), the waitress at a Heidelberg biergarten and a spunky antidote to the foreordained strain of royal responsibility.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1927
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604