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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

American Dharma

2018, Errol Morris, USA, 95 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 13th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 14th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 15th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 16th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 17th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 18th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 19th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 20th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 20th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 21st 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 3:30pm
  • Mon, Dec 23rd 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 26th 6:00pm
First Chicago run! Two Week Run!

"His mastery of visual storytelling in the documentary form is almost unparalleled…AMERICAN DHARMA is the height of that signature Errol Morris style."—Lorry Kitka, Film Threat

"The most disturbing movie of the year…AMERICAN DHARMA doesn't just recap a dark chapter in the nation's history. It sounds an alarm for the rest of the world."—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

The great chronicler of the dark side of American power, Errol Morris (THE THIN BLUE LINE, THE FOG OF WAR) has never shied away from challenging subjects. Here he tackles an especially daunting one: Steve Bannon, alt-right icon and self-styled mastermind of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. As in his previous encounters with Robert McNamara, Donald Rumsfeld, the Texas justice system, and the jailers of Abu Ghraib, Morris takes a stance that is neither neutral nor overtly adversarial. Using reconstructed sets and copious movie clips, Morris's strategy here is to view former filmmaker Bannon through the lens of the latter's own grandiose self-mythologizing, as Bannon compares himself to Milton's Satan, Shakespeare's Falstaff (cast aside by his King/President), and the duty-driven antiheroes of such Hollywood epics as THE SEARCHERS, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, and 12 O'CLOCK HIGH. In one of the most perceptive reviews of this controversial, long-delayed film, Alissa Wilkinson of Vox wrote, "AMERICAN DHARMA isn't a dismantling of Bannon's ideologies. It's a portrait of delusion." DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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