Georges Méliès Cine-Concert Comes to Chicago's Music Box Theatre Today, 10/27


Recently celebrated in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning adventure Hugo, French filmmaker George Méliès is considered the father of cinematic special effects. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, Méliès' family has created a unique "cine-concert" that's touring the world. The tour comes to Chicago's Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, today, October 27, 12:15 p.m.

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Chicago, Music Box Theatre presents some 15 rarely seen short films with live musical and narrative accompaniment. Méliès' great-great-grandson Lawrence Lehérissey-Méliès accompanies the silent films on piano while great-granddaughter Marie-Hélène Lehérissey-Méliès provides French-language narration. Chicago actress Barbara Robertson provides the English narration.

The cine-concert presents an exclusive program of films by Georges Méliès, accompanied, as in the 1900s, by a pianist and a narrator. The original reels were located, restored, preserved and edited thanks to the work of the partner association, The Friends of Georges Méliès. This show received the special Prize of the City of Vincennes 2010 during the International Cinema Meetings.

George Méliès Cine-Concert will take place today, October 27, 2012, 12:15pm at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit or call (773) 871-6607. Tickets are $15; $5 for children 12 and under. Family package (max. 4) $40. Click HERE to purchase.

The program features some of the Magicien de Montreuil's more rarely seen short films, including:

v The Man with the Rubber Head (L'homme à la tête en caoutchouc). A scientist removes his own head and makes it larger and smaller.
v Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (Au royaume des fées). A princess is kidnapped by a witch and taken to a different world.
v Bluebeard (Barbe-Bleue). A curious woman explores a forbidden room.
v An Extraordinary Dislocation (Dislocation mystérieuse). Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.
v One Man Orchestra (L'homme orchestre). A man multiplies himself to create an orchestra.
v A Turn of the Century Illusionist (L'impressionniste fin de siècle). A man does magic.
v The Brahmin and the Butterfly (La chrysalide et le papillon). A Brahmin meets a butterfly and then turns into a caterpillar.
v The Fairy Carabosse [The Witch] (La fée Carabosse). A penniless troubador consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future.
v The Temptation of Saint Anthony (La tentation de saint antoine). A man is tempted by several ladies.
v The Cake-Walk Infernal (Le cake-walk infernal). Pluto visits Earth and is struck by the dancing, which he brings back home with him.
v The Black Imp (Le diable noir). An imp causes mischief at a hotel.
v The Music Lover (Le mélomane). The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.
v The Wonderful Living Fan (Le merveilleux éventail vivant). The king of France receives a marvelous fan that comes to life.
v The Coronation of Edward VII (Le sacre d'Edouard VII). A re-enactment of the coronation of Britain's King Edward VII.
v The Living Playing Cards (Les cartes vivantes). A magician's cards come alive.