Second Saturday Silent Cinema Presents: The Crowd

  • Selected for Preservation, National Film Registry
    National Film Registry

Come check out this King Vidor directed classic!

Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and recently hailed by the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinee series in the city, the Music Box Silent Cinema Series is presented on the second Saturday of each 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.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema Presents: The Crowd

directed by King Vidor starring Eleanor Boardman, James Murray and Bert Roach

Poignant and uncompromising, The Crowd is a timeless tale of the American everyman.

A classic story of a young man from a small town who heads to New York to pursue his dreams of big success in the big city but soon finds himself just one of many faceless workers in a large company.

The film tells the story of John (James Murray) and Mary (Eleanor Boardman) without sentimentality or melodrama and eloquently captures the reality of their lives, regrets, brief triumphs and disappointments in an impersonal metropolis. While not a box office success when it was first released, The Crowd has consistently been hailed as one the best and most enduring silent films and was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

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