Win tickets to see original Chicago film

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 November 2019

Phyllis Haver plays Roxie Hart in the 1920s film

Phyllis Haver plays Roxie Hart in the 1920s film


Film fanatics can catch the original version of Chicago at the Curzon on November 17.

The 1927 version was based on a Broadway play by Maurine Watkins and the screening will include a live accompaniment to bring the drama to life.

Frank Urson's film stars Phyllis Haver as the sexy, jazz-loving Roxie Hart.

Roxie has a doting, handsome husband, Victor Varconi, as well as a rich lover called Eugene Pallette.

Eugene parts with his cash to keep Roxie happy, but he eventually pays for the affair with his life.

Roxie is put on trial for murder, but secures lawyer Billy Flynn - played by Robert Edeson - to defend her.

Billy is equal part mob mouthpiece and publicity agent and the media circus begins.

The historic film is an entertaining mix of humour, sex, death and melodrama, as well as a pungent critique of trash journalism.

Urson's Chicago shows the city as one of the most dangerous yet exciting places to live in 1920s America.

Chicago will be accompanied by live piano played by John Sweeney.

This special screening is part of a series of events in collaboration with South West Silents, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Cube Cinema, Curzon Cinema and Arts and Watershed celebrating the films of the Weimar Republic as well as the City and Silent Film.

The film starts at 1.30pm on November 17 and tickets, priced £8-10 are available at

The Times has once again teamed up with the Curzon to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see the film.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor's decision is final.

By entering this competition, you are agreeing to be contacted by Archant and the cinema about the prize.

Curzon staff and volunteers are not eligible to enter this competition.

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