Silent Film Society

The Silent Film Society of Chicago Returns for Another Season!

Silent Film SocietyGoing to be in Chicago this summer? Here’s another film society not to miss!


Chicago, IL — The magic of live cinema returns for its 15th year at The Silent Film Society of Chicago’s 2013 Silent Summer Film Festival!  Enjoy six fabulous Fridays – July 19 through August 23 – at 8:00 p.m. in the festival’s new home: the historic Des Plaines Theatre!

Silent film never sounded better!  Renowned photoplay organists Jay Warren of the Silent Film Society of Chicago and Louisville’s remarkable Tim Baker perform live musical accompaniment for each film at the Magnificent Grande Cinema Organ.  On opening night, the SFSC welcomes the return of the incomparable Charles Cameron’s Great Lakes Trio in a pre-show performance; closing night hosts the amazing saxophonist Rajiv Halim and the Rajiv Halim Quartet, featuring jazz vocalist Linda Collins. And, don’t miss joining in on the musical fun at our authentic 1920’s Glass Slide Sing-Along, preceding the August 2nd screening of The Flapper!

 The 2013 festival lineup showcases the talents of some of the Silent Eras’ most legendary stars – in brilliantly unforgettable films that continue to delight generations of moviegoers.  The eternally-dashing Rudolph Valentino opens the festival in The Sheik (1921), a smoldering drama of independence, passion and desire; “It Girl” comedienne Clara Bow teams up with singer/comic Eddie Cantor for some hilariously slapstick antics in Kid Boots (1927); boarding school boredom leads to a jewel heist for the young Olive Thomas in the smart comedy, The Flapper (1920).  Emil Jannings plays a marvelously sinister Mephistopheles in F.W. Murnau’s brilliant Faust (1926); and Marion Davies is Patsy Harrington, a girl desperately – and riotously – trying to gain the affections of her sister’s beau in The Patsy (1928).

On Friday, August 9, the SFSC is proud to present the acclaimed masterpiece, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), starring Gustave Frohlich and Bridgett Helm, with a mesmerizing live accompaniment by SFSC’s treasured photoplay organist, Jay Warren, at the Magnificent Grande Cinema Organ.

The 2013 Silent Summer Film Festival is a live cinematic experience not to be missed!  For more information and to purchase tickets online using PayPal, go to  Advance tickets are on sale now at PC Here, 4055 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago and City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero, Chicago.  Ample free parking is available at the Des Plaines Theatre.

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