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'Chicago' Movie: Superlative Phyllis Haver Helps Original Far Surpass Oscar-Winning Musical

"I hope you enjoyed your trip back to a more innocent time,” said presenter Randy Haberkamp to a packed house last night following the screening of the 1928 Chicago at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. This latest installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Lost and Found” series, presented in conjunction with the UCLA Film and Television Archive 13th Festival of Preservation, was a major production – they even had Johnny Crawford and His Orchestra accompanying the film. However, like so many of Cecil B. DeMille's own mega-spectacles, the event was impressive to behold while feeling somewhat off the mark. The chief culprit was, oddly enough, Crawford's orchestra. Although the musicians did a thoroughly professional […]


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'Chicago' Movie: Superlative Phyllis Haver Helps Original Far Surpass Oscar-Winning Musical



'Chicago' Movie: The Return of the Original Classic

All evidence points to Phyllis Haver, but she seems to think otherwise Photo: © A.M.P.A.S.. A restored print of the little-seen 1928 silent film Chicago will be screened on August 16 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Directed by Frank Urson, Chicago stars Phyllis Haver and Victor Varconi. I haven't seen the 1928 Chicago, though I'm willing to bet that it's superior to Rob Marshall's dreary 1992 Academy Award winning musical. First of all, considering that the original Chicago was actually filmed in the 1920s, it'll have the right period atmosphere – unlike Marshall's film, which lacked any sense of time and place. Second, unlike Renée Zellweger, Phyllis Haver has the […]


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'Chicago' Movie: The Return of the Original Classic