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Elmhurst Historical Museum to present Sandburg-inspired silent film series

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 3:19 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – Aside from writing an Abraham Lincoln biography and performing folk songs, Carl Sandburg reviewed movies for the Chicago Daily News.

Now, the Elmhurst Historical Museum presents four silent films that Sandburg once reviewed. Robert K. Elder, author and Chicago Sun-Times Media Local editor-in-chief will moderate the silent film presentations.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., and continues each month through April 10.

Here's what Sandburg had to say about the four films and when they'll be screened.

Jan. 16: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) – Sandburg’s review: “Here is one Shakespeare would enjoy coming back to look at.”

Feb. 13: The Extra Girl (1920) – Sandburg’s review: “No other woman in the movies has so vivid a feeling for the comic mixed with a serious and striking personal loveliness.”

March 13: Sherlock, Jr. (1924) – Sandburg’s review: “The picture is worth seeing just because it has several spots that are original; they had no idea what the public wanted; they put these spots in just to be artists.”

April 10: The Kid (1921) – Sandburg’s review: “The Kid is a masterpiece and should satisfy those who want to knock down and drag out or something the whole family will enjoy.”

Reservations are requested and can be made online at www.elmhurstpubliclibrary.org or by calling 630-279-8696. Each program is free.

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