One Night Only: Silent Film ‘Seven Years Bad Luck’ and Live Orchestra in Lake Forest

Get your tickets now for the evening performance Thursday, Feb. 16

Don’t miss out on this one night only silent film experience at the John & Nancy Hughes Theater inside the recently renovated Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.

The unique event featuring the film, Seven Years Bad Luck, and a live orchestra, offers an original score composed by Danny Robles of Lake Forest. The event is to honor the spirit of the 1920s.

Seven Years Bad Luck is one of the few existing feature films starring top-hatted French farceur Max Linder. The story gets under way when Linder inadvertently breaks a mirror. Attempting to buck the consequences, superstitious Linder contrives to dispense with a full seven years’ bad luck in a single day. The film is highlighted by a mirror routine borrowed from Chaplin’s The Floorwalker (1916) and later repeated in the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup (1933). Made in Hollywood, Seven Years Bad Luck was Linder’s next-to-last American effort; he returned to his native France in 1923.

“We wanted to give a contemporary audience a feeling for what it might have been like to experience a silent film in a good theater a hundred years ago, with live musicians and a specially crafted score for the film,” said Jamie Hall, Gorton film director.

Gorton is evolving into a true entertainment hub with new, exciting and city-centric programming and events.

The center is a privately-funded, nonprofit 501c3 organization which operates in partnership with volunteers and the City of Lake Forest to enrich the lives of its residents through cultural arts, education and charitable service.

Tickets for the silent film event are $10 or $5 student discount. Tickets are available in advance at . Patrons are encouraged to purchase prior to the day of show to ensure a seat.

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