16th May, 2022 / 18:00 -
9th February, 2016
Most people think of Chicago as a mid-1970’s musical. But the original 1926 play by Maurine Watkins was filmed twice before it ever appeared on Broadway, once as a silent and once as a talkie. The sassy silent 1927 version was created by Cecil B. DeMille’s production company and tells the story of urban corruption through the homicidal flapper, Roxie Hart. It is a film that was thought to be lost for many years, until a complete print was found in DeMille’s archives in 2006. This joyous melodrama is much more than a historical curio. It is a stylish crime story that shows just how assured cinema had become prior to the advent of sound. Accompanying the film at the piano will be Neil Brand, one of the world’s finest exponents of improvised silent film performance.