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Discovering the Silent Cinema

July 15 @ 7:00 pm


Hosted by silent film organist Jay Warren – Learn about our motion picture heritage in a fast-paced, fun-filled class. Long before the giant blockbuster films of today, there were movies that featured names like Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and, Buster Keaton — great stars of that motion picture era whose audiences never heard them speak a word! They were the pioneers of the early cinema and the silent films in which they appeared are the roots of today’s cinema. Music played an important part in silent films.

Experience the mighty theatre organ, “the voice of the silent screen” with your host and silent film organist, Jay Warren. See excerpts from one of cinema’s very first silent films of 1903. Learn how silent films “grew up”. Follow the evolution of the cinema from the early 1900’s to the coming of sound pictures in a specially compiled retrospective including rarely-seen 1920’s animation. See a complete silent short comedy with authentic theatre organ accompaniment. A Q & A discussion will give everyone a chance to ask questions. This Family Friendly class for adults is also open to students 10-17 who enroll with a registered parent or -other authorized adult through the Explore youth program.

Contact CPEInfo@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2980 for more information.

Masks are required. COVID guidelines will be followed.

1 Session $19
Room TBD


July 15
7:00 pm


College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030 United States
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(847) 543-2000