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Safety Last! Renoir! F For Fake!
 
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This Memorial Day weekend, we’re screening the iconic film Safety Last. Harold Lloyd cements his reputation as the daredevil of comedy in this exhilarating picture, climaxing in one of the most famous scenes in film history. Showing for four days only on a new digital restoration, come celebrate the 90th anniversary of this classic silent film comedy.
And, on Saturday evening, we have a special presentation of the film, accompanied by live organ, the West End Jazz Band, and live vaudeville entertainment! Plus, be one of the first people to pick up a copy of the Music Box 2013 Summer Calendar, featuring dozens of great films and events you can find at the Music Box the next three months. Purchase advance tickets now.

Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, his middle son Jean, and the enchanting young girl who enters their world. Strong performances and lush visuals, evocative of the artist’s paintings, make this film a can’t-miss for lovers of the art world and French cinema.

Our Orson Welles matinee series concludes with F For Fake, a free-form documentary that examines the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. During this exploration of fraud and fakery, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience.

Friday and Saturday at midnight, we’re playing one of the most controversial movies of all time, Cannibal Holocaust. The film presents the “found footage” of four documentary filmmakers who experience a brutal death at the hands of a savage tribe of South American flesh-eaters.

See you at the movies

Thursday, May 23rd – Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

 
 

Safety Last and the Music Box Theatre Summer Calendar Release Party!

Purchase advance tickets online

This very special screening of Safety Last is accompanied by live organ, the West End Jazz Band, and live vaudeville entertainment! Join the Music Box Theatre and Newcity Communications for a summer calendar release party!

On Saturday, May 25th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, the Music Box Theatre will return to yesteryear with a special screening of the Safety Last starring Harold Lloyd. This screening is part of a limited engagement for the 90th anniversary digital restoration of this classic film. Plus this will be the first time you can pick up the new summer 2013 calendar of events at the Music Box Theatre and get a special preview of all the great films and events coming to the Music Box Theatre this summer!

  • 6:30pm-7:30pm: Reception with live music by the West End Jazz Band
  • 7:30pm: Live vaudeville acts immediately followed by Mr. Dennis Scott performing a live accompaniment to Safety Last (Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923, 70m)

For four days only, the Music Box Theatre gives audiences the rare opportunity to experience this comedy classic in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Safety Last will be screened in a new digital restoration made from the original nitrate camera negative.

Dennis Scott, Music Box Theatre’s house organist, is an internationally known silent film organist dubbed the “Master of Magic Notes” by Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the comic genius Harold Lloyd. Scott began accompanying silent films in the 1970s, when he started playing theater pipe organs installed in pizza parlors in the Midwest and the West Coast. He is a co-founder of the Silent Film Society of Chicago. Ongoing at the Music Box, he plays weekend intermissions, the annual Sing-Along Sound of Music, Sing-Along Grease, Valentine’s Day Sing-Along and the acclaimed Music Box Christmas Sing-Along, a Chicago holiday tradition for nearly 30 years. For Music Box’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema Series, Scott accompanies a classic silent film, live, at noon on the second Saturday of each month on the Music Box Theatre organ. The series was named the “Best New Film Series of 2011” by Chicago magazine and “Best Matinee Film Series of 2012” by the Chicago Reader.

The West End Jazz Band has, for the past 34 years, recreated the classic music that typifies the twenties and thirties using original arrangements and instrumentation that is true to the style of the era. The band was organized by Mike Bezin, who had a great love for early jazz but was tired of hearing the same traditional tunes played by other jazz bands. The repertoire of West End consists of a broad representation of the music of this golden age, hot and sweet dance and jazz. Featured are the pure jazz numbers, the nonsense songs, the up-tempo tunes and also the beautiful ballads. This was the type of music for dancing and for those zany times when youth ran wild and made whoopee; songs such as “Hop Off,” “Stockholm Stomp,” and “The Charleston;” and the beautiful ballads like “Whose Honey Are You” and “Stardust.” Their book is full of great standards, obscure songs, as well as a number of straight dance medleys and waltzes that reflect the romantic and sweet side of that era. http://www.westendjazzband.com/

Safety Last

A film by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother

 

New 90th anniversary digital restoration!


“The Glasses character in "Safety Last" would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In order to win the hand of his sweetheart (Mildred Davis) a young man (Harold Lloyd) heads to the big city to seek his fame and fortune. Once there, he lands a job a salesclerk and, in an effort to impress his boss, plans a publicity stunt of epic proportions. Of course, things don’t quite go as planned and our hero finds himself in some of the funniest, most memorable and nerve racking situations in movie history!

Showing for four days only on a new digital restoration made from the original nitrate camera negative. Come and celebrate the 90th anniversary of this classic silent film comedy at the Music Box Theatre!

Harold Lloyd was named the king of daredevil comedy thanks to Safety Last and after decades of chases, explosions and CGI the film’s death-defying stunts still have the power to send audiences reeling. In order to marry his sweetheart (Mildred Davis) Lloyd’s perennial bespectacled go-getter comes to the city, taking on a job as a store clerk. To impress his boss, Lloyd hires and acrobat to climb the multi-story building-but when the climber doesn’t show, Harold must do it himself, leading to one of the most iconic images in movie history.

Live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott on Saturday 5/25!

 


Sat, May 25 7:30pm
 
 
 

Renoir

A film by Gilles Bourdos starring Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers

 

Renoir locates a fascinating moment of change, one century’s way of thinking giving way to the next, and the passing of the torch from a great painter to the great filmmaker of such classics as Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game.


“As sensually beautiful as the work of its subject matter, French filmmaker Gilles Bourdos’s dreamy biography ’Renoir’ is more a series of tableaux than a narrative film.”
–Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama Renoir tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.

The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andree will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andree. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse.

 


Fri, May 24 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Sat, May 25 2:00pm · 9:30pm
Sun, May 26 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, May 27 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, May 28 4:30pm · 7:00pm · 9:30pm
Wed, May 29 4:30pm · 9:30pm
Thu, May 30 4:30pm · 7:00pm · 9:30pm
 
 
 

F for Fake

A film by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten

 

In Orson Welles’s free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career—the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.

Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself.

 


Sat, May 25 11:30am
Sun, May 26 10:30am
 
 
 

Cannibal Holocaust

A film by Ruggero Deodato starring Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen

 

Banned and heavily censored throughout the world, this Video Nasty is by far one of the most controversial films ever made. The film presents the “found footage” of four documentary filmmakers who experience a brutal death at the hands of a savage tribe of South American flesh-eaters. The special effects were so realistic, director Deodato was arrested on charges of making a snuff film, accused of murdering the actors! Screening in a restored, uncensored film print.

 


Fri, May 24 midnight
Sat, May 25 midnight
 

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