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Chicago, Illinois Portage Theater – Spooky Silent Film Accompaniest

Special Halloween Screening – October 19, 2010

Professor Pierce at the Theremin

Courtesy Leigh Hanlon, Chicagoscope

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents a special Halloween screening of the German classic horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:45 p.m. at the Portage Theater in Chicago. Acclaimed organist Jay Warren will provide live photoplay accompaniment with Professor Pierce on Theremin.

Advance tickets are $8 for regular adult, $7 for students and seniors. All tickets are $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Portage Theater box office, 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue during box office hours, or call 773.736.4050. Tickets are also available at the City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero in Chicago, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

About the film
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was one of the first horror films to reach an international audience and served as a strong influence on the classic horror films of the 1920s, 30s and beyond. This eerie silent classic from 1919 remains the most prominent example of German expressionism in the emerging art of cinema. Stylistically, the look of the film’s painted sets — distorted perspectives, sharp angles and twisted architecture — was designed to reflect (or express) the splintered psychology of the title character, a sinister figure who uses a lanky somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) as a circus attraction. But when Caligari and his sleepwalker are suspected of murder, their novelty act is surrounded by more supernatural implications. With its mad-doctor scenario, striking visuals and a haunting, zombie-like character at its center, Caligari became a milestone of the silent film era and gained an international audience.

About Professor J. Pierce
The “master of the Theremin” once again teams up with photoplay organist Jay Warren for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The duo previously performed for Aelita: Queen of Mars and Metropolis. The mysterious theremin is the only instrument which is played without any physical contact. The SFSC is pleased to welcome back the Professor for this special engagement. His career has included engagments in medicine and tent shows and on the vaudeville circuit in Victorian opera houses throughout Indiana and at the Hegewisch Opera House, Chicago.

Richard Sklenar, Executive Director
Theatre Historical Society of America

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