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Close encounters of the creative kind: Richard Kaufman and John Williams

The first time Richard Kaufman met film composer John Williams, the former was playing violin as the latter conducted during…

Ebert on the sense of wonder evoked by ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

In the late ’90s, Lucasfilm began rolling out “Special Editions” of the first “Star Wars” trilogy: “Star Wars” (1977), “The…

Perfectly ‘Frank’: The electrifying entrance of Boris Karloff

On the night of June 16, 1816, a group of writers — including Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft…

Torn again: How James Whale and Franz Waxman made a monster score

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented the world-premiere “live” performance of Franz Waxman’s score to James Whale’s “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) during…

Ebert hails the comic genius of Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’

The Universal horror franchise receives an affectionate homage with Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” (1974), which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will present Oct….

Ebert on ‘Bride of Frankenstein’: a sly work disguised in trappings of horror

With the release of “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” in 1931, Universal Pictures created a franchise that would define the studio for decades…

Roger Ebert on ‘Chamber of Secrets’: It’s more than just simple wizardry

In his original review of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), film critic Roger Ebert compared Potter franchise…