Silent Cinema at the Music Box

Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

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.


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

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Silent Cinema at the Music Box

World City in its Teens: A Report on Chicago

A FILM BY: Heinrich Hauser
Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott | Co-presented by the Chicago Film Society
The quintessential film genre in the late 1920s and early 1930s may well have been the city symphony—an international idiom that bluntly analogized the frenetic pace of modern urban life with celluloid montage.  One especially neglected example is Heinrich Hauser’s Weltstadt in Flegeljahren: Ein bericht über Chicago, which offers almost as many perspectives on the Windy City as its mouthful of a title has inspired variant English translations, among them World City In Its TeensA World City Stretches Its Wings, and Metropolis at an Awkward Age. Hauser, a nomadic German writer and photographer, visited Chicago in 1931 and recorded a wide range of neighborhoods and conditions, fashioning a civic portrait both dazzling and bleak, sterling and sobering. Back home, the Berliner Borsen-Zeitung praised the film for its vision of “America stripped of illusions.” For us, Hauser’s film serves as a reminder of the longevity of Chicago’s tangle of contradictions.  
Print courtesy of EYE Filmmuseum

Technical Information

Production Year: 1931
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 74 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604