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Early Classic Comedies - Film Series – Night at the Opera

Shows at 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Early Classic Comedies Film Series is hosted by the Lindo Theatre in partnership with the Stephenson County Historical Museum and Highland Community College. It is designed to offer movie-goers the experience of viewing time-honored American Film classics along with the opportunity to discuss various aspects of each film. Admission is $5 per movie or $20 for the series.

Night at the Opera: The Marx Brothers take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man’s lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. The brothers arrange for the regular tenor to be absent so the young lover can get his chance.

The films in the series have been selected with the assistance of Ed Finch the Executive Director for the Freeport Historical Museum and Alan Wenzel the Speech and Communications Instructor for Highland Community College.  They will introduce each movie and lead a discussion afterward. Movie-goers are encouraged to stay after the movie to participate in this exchange.

Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin rank as the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era.  Lloyd’s films frequently contained “thrill sequences” of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats. Hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in “Safety Last!” is one of the most enduring images in all of cinema.

“Buster” Keaton was best known for his physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”.

Chaplin learned his craft in the British music halls and came to the US with a traveling troupe moving from stage to screen. When he donned his derby hat, affixed his toothbrush moustache and stepped into his impossibly large shoes; modern screen comedy was born.

The Marx Brothers were from a family of artist.  Harpo was amazingly talented and learned to play six different instruments throughout his career, although he was best know for playing the Harp.  Chico was a pianist, Groucho a guitarist and signer, and Zeppo a vocalist. When a performance was interrupted by shouts and a runaway mule, Groucho made snide comments about the audience. Instead of being angry, they laughed.  The brothers realized they had potential as a comedy troupe and a new act was born.

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