Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents: Pandora’s Box

See silent film the way it was meant to be seen!

Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011, Second Saturday Silent Cinema is now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

All films are shown authentically in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ.


Tickets $10 each, $8 for students and seniors.
Available at the Box Office and online.

Pandora’s Box

directed by G.W. Pabst starring Louise Brooks Silent

A silent film full of controversy on and off screen.

German filmmaker G.W. Pabst’s late-silent classic Pandora’s Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) stars the hauntingly beautiful Louise Brooks as libertine dancer Lulu. Ever out for the “main chance,” Lulu persuades her wealthy lover Dr. Schön (Fritz Kortner) to marry her. But in a fit of jealous rage, he pulls a gun, a scuffle ensues, and she shoots him.

Eventually escaping to London with the doctor’s moonstruck son Alwa (Francis Lederer), Lulu takes up residence with her “adopted” father Schigolch (Carl Götz), where she is reduced to walking the streets, with tragic consequences. Pandora’s Box (based on two works by the controversial German writer Franz Wedekind) exudes smoky sensuality in every frame; regarded now as a masterpiece, the film received surprisingly scathing reviews, with most of the critical broadsides aimed at Louise Brooks (this was long before Brooks graduated from just another pretty Hollywood starlet to Cult Goddess).

Synopsis from Hal Erickson on

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