Next: Sat 9 May, 12:00pm

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

14 March – Saturday 11 April 2015

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

As part of the Music Box’s commitment to screening classic films, we are delighted to announce what we hope to be an annual series of silent films. Thanks to a number of improvements during the past year, we believe there’s no better place in Chicago to see silent film! We want to share that experience with you throughout 2013 with a special monthly silent film series. Our excellent house organist Dennis Scott will be accompanying all films.


Saturday, May 9th

  • 12:00pm: In The Land Of The Head Hunters


Tickets $10 each, $8 for students and seniors


In The Land Of The Head Hunters (1914)

directed by Edward S. Curtis

Now recognized as a masterpiece of silent cinema, this landmark film inspired Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North and preserved the precious cultural heritage of a legendary Native American civilization. In 1911, famed Northwest photographer Edward S. Curtis travelled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to film the Kwakwaka’wakw in a hybrid drama/documentary, produced in collaboration with the tribe members. It took three years of preparation for this one film including the weaving of the costumes; building of the war canoes, housefronts, poles; and the carving of masks! Motana, the son of a great chief, goes on a vigil journey. Through fasting and hardships he hopes to gain supernatural strength which will make him a chief as powerful as his father. Curtis showcases the Kwakwaka’wakw’s magnifcent war canoes, totem poles, rituals, costumes and dancing. Presented in collaboration with The Field Museum.

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