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George Méliès at the Music Box Theatre!
 
Thursday, October 18th, 2012

You are getting this email and special offer because you have attended either a silent film presentation or the Chicago French Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre. Read to the bottom to find a special offer!

Recently celebrated in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning adventure Hugo, French filmmaker George Méliès is considered the father of cinematic special effects. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, Méliès’ family has created a unique “cine-concert” that’s touring the world. The tour comes to Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, on Saturday, October 27, 12:15 p.m.

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Chicago, Music Box Theatre presents some 15 rarely seen short films with live musical and narrative accompaniment. Méliès’ great-great-grandson Lawrence Lehérissey-Méliès accompanies the silent films on piano while great-granddaughter Marie-Hélène Lehérissey-Méliès provides French-language narration. Chicago actress Barbara Robertson provides the English narration.

The cine-concert presents an exclusive program of films by Georges Méliès, accompanied, as in the 1900s, by a pianist and a narrator. The original reels were located, restored, preserved and edited thanks to the work of the partner association, The Friends of Georges Méliès. This show received the special Prize of the City of Vincennes 2010 during the International Cinema Meetings.

George Méliès Cine-Concert will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012, 12:15pm at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit http://www.musicboxtheatre.com or call (773) 871-6607. Tickets are $15; $5 for children 12 and under. Family package (max. 4) $40.

Thursday, October 18th – Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

 
 

Alliance Francais presents Melies

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Georges Melies, the father of cinematic special effects, revolutionized the history of cinema with his creativity and originality. This masterful craftsman deserves credit for conceiving film as an original performance, recreating newsreels, advertising films, extravaganzas in color, and science fiction. One hundred years later, his films are still relevant today.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, his family presents a series of performances in the true family tradition; this film-concert is designed as homage to this brilliant magician through a narrated performance accompanied by piano. For if the film was silent, the room was never so!

Georges Melies was one of the most amazing figures in cinema. From 1896 to 1913, he directed, distributed, performed, and produced 520 films. The film-concerts present an exclusive program of films by Georges Melies, accompanied, as in the 1900s, by a pianist and a narrator. The original reels were located, restored, preserved, and edited thanks to the work of the partner association, The Friends of Georges Melies. This show received the special Prize of the City of Vincennes 2010 during the International Cinema Meetings.

L’homme à la tête en caoutchouc (The Man With the Rubber Head)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A scientist removes his own head and makes it larger and smaller.

Au royaume des fées (Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A princess is kidnapped by a witch and taken to a different world.

Barbe-Bleue (Bluebeard)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A curious woman explores a forbidden room.

Dislocation mystérieuse (An Extraordinary Dislocation)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

L’homme orchestre (One Man Orchestra)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A man multiplies himself to create an orchestra.

L’impressionniste fin de siècle (A Turn of the Century Illusionist)

 

A man does magic.

La chrysalide et le papillon (The Brahmin and the Butterfly)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A Brahmin meets a butterfly and then turns into a caterpillar.

La fée Carabosse (The Fairy Carabosse [The Witch])

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A penniless troubador consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future.

La tentation de saint antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A man is tempted by several ladies.

Le cake-walk infernal (The Cake-Walk Infernal)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

Pluto visits Earth and is struck by the dancing, which he brings back home with him.

Le diable noir (The Black Imp)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

An imp causes mischief at a hotel.

Le mélomane (The Music Lover)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Le merveilleux éventail vivant (The Wonderful Living Fan)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

The king of France receives a marvelous fan that comes to life.

Le sacre d’Edouard VII (The Coronation of Edward VII)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A re-enactment of the coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII.

Les cartes vivantes (The Living Playing Cards)

A film by Georges Méliès

 

A magician has cards that come alive.

Voyage dans la lune (A Trip To The Moon)

A film by George Méliès

 

 


Sat, Oct 27 12:15pm
 
 
National Film Registry

The Cameraman
Selected for Preservation, National Film Registry (1928)

 

Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents: The Cameraman

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Come see this Buster Keaton 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!

The Cameraman

A film by Edward Sedgwick and Buster Keaton starring Buster Keaton, Marceline Day and Harold Goodwin

 

A Buster Keaton classic. In love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a man becomes a cameraman to get close to her. Clumsy and new to filming, he continuously makes a fool of himself in various situations.

The Cameraman was Buster Keaton’s first film for MGM Studios and made while he was still at the height of his career. Buster plays a sidewalk tintype portrait photographer who develops a crush on Sally (Marceline Day), an MGM secretary. In order to be near her, he uses all of his savings to purchase an old film camera and tries to get a job as one of MGM’s cameramen. Despite his complete lack of ability and experience, Sally encourages Buster to film everything he can and a wild series of comedic mishaps ensues. From a dazed monkey to a war in Chinatown and a boat race gone wrong, The Cameraman delivers a classic, unforgettable Buster Keaton performance.

In 2005, this film, once thought lost but rediscovered in Paris in 1968, was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

 


Sat, Nov 10 11:00am
 
 
 

A special discount for you!

If you order your tickets by Monday, October 22nd at noon, you can use the special code “thanks” during checkout to get $2 off per ticket! This offer is not valid with other offers and cannot be applied to past purchases.

 

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