Monthly Archives: December 2017

New Season Begins January 6

We are proud to announce our latest season, which runs from Saturday, January 6 to Monday, April 30. Highlights include Elaine May’s pioneering cringe comedy The Heartbreak Kid, Jacques Tourneur’s Argentine Western Way of a Gaucho, Steven Arnold’s hippie bacchanal Luminous Procuress, and Colin Campbell’s darkly poetic goblin party Little Orphant Annie (pictured above).

Check out the whole schedule here.


And the first show of the season is:

Music Box Theatre – 3733 N. Southport Ave.
General Admission: $11 • Seniors: $9 • MBT Members: $7

Saturday, January 6 @ Noon
Directed by Irvin V. Willat • 1919
Live Accompaniment from Music Box Organist Dennis Scott
Spun out from a two-page short story by Gouverneur Morris, Behind the Door is one of the most perverse and unpredictable films of the silent era—a nautical revenge yarn that alternates appalling sadism with prayerful longing for days gone by. (Morris’s novel The Penalty would be adapted into an excellent Lon Chaney film the following year, and that pulp saga of a gangster amputee plays almost level-headed in comparison.) Hobart Bosworth stars as Captain Oscar Krug, a lumbering taxidermist whose quiet life off the coast of Maine is interrupted by America’s entry into World War I. As an American of German descent, Krug must prove his patriotic bona fides by enlisting, but even he underestimates the depravity of the enemy (a slick and smarmy Wallace Beery) and the destructive power of the U-Boat. The thinking man’s anti-Hun picture, Behind the Door hit theaters a year after the Armistice and rubbed sea salt in America’s still-festering wounds. This superbly crafted saga survived only in fragments until this 2016 reconstruction from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond restored Behind the Door’s funereal grandeur. (KW)
70 min • Thomas H. Ince Productions • 35mm from SFSFF Collection, Library of Congress
Short: “The Sinking of the ‘Lusitania’” (Winsor McCay, 1918) – 16mm – 12 min

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