Zaza (1923) with Live Music

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Zaza (1923) with Live Music



Allan Dwan's majestic silent classic, Zaza (1923) starring the amazing Gloria Swanson, with live music from Sonochromatic!

Swanson was a legend of both the silent pictures and the talkies, making perhaps her most famous performance in Billy Wilder's legendary Sunset Boulevard (1950). Join us for one of the great screen queen's silent classics, the romantic drama Zaza (1923) with an all new live score performed by Corvallis' maestros of silent film, Sonochromatic!

This is a donation based show so you don't really need to bring much at all to experience a piece of film history and magic! Join us, won't you?

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Allan Dwan
United States
84 minutes

Gloria Swanson Is Zaza!

IMDB USER REVIEW by drednm16 October 2006

Gloria Swanson plays Zaza, a spirited French music hall star who battles her rival (Mary Thurman) and chases after a rich man (H.B. Warner) only to get her comeuppance.

In a stretch for Swanson, Zaza requires her to portray a French woman in a silent film. Through gestures and facial expressions she succeeds admirably in playing a character unlike any other in her long career. The brazen Zaza is always adorned with the letter Z on her clothing, jewelry, hats, etc.

The film is marked by a terrific music hall sequence in which Swanson swings way out over the audience and tosses flowers down on various men. Thurman cuts the rope and sends Swanson smashing onto the floor. Later they have a great catfight scene in the country cottage Warner houses Zaza in.

Lucille LaVerne is the drunken aunt. Ferdinand Gottschalk is the duke. Helen Mack is the daughter. Yvonne Hughes is fun as the maid.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds