The Silent Treatment

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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the second Saturday of every month, get ready to receive The Silent Treatment: our ongoing series of artfully chosen feature films from all corners of the pre-sound era — choice picks that are rarely screened theatrically, or are not available on DVD! Curated by film archivists/TST Newsletter publishers Brandee Cox and Steven Hill, The Silent Treatment showcases a wide variety of early cinema in the best available formats for film lovers with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. For breaking news on what films/special guests will be on tap for future shows, check out TST’s Facebook fan page! In addition, get the lowdown on all your favorite silent stars and filmmakers with TST’s bi-monthly digest, available for free download at the Silent Treatment website!


9/10 - 2PM
$12/free for members

Featuring live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Made hot on the tails of original play, the Cecil B. DeMille produced Chicago is based on the salacious, scintillating tale of Beulah Annan (fictionalized as Roxie Hart) and the sensational murder of her husband. The event itself, Maurine Dallas Watkins stage rendition, and a heaping spoonful of Hollywood sleaze combine in the film that would spawn a hit-Broadway play and the 2002 big-Hollywood Academy Award-winning film version as well. A story poised to be retold over and over, Chicago’s murderous plot sees the sassy Phyllis Haver as Roxie, ”the jazz slayer” aka “Chicago’s most beautiful murderess,” grab the gun. See it to believe it!

Dir. Frank Urson, 1927, 35mm, 118 min.