Cities In Cinema

September 8 – December 15

From September 8 through December 15, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled “Cities in Cinema,” with weekly Tuesday lectures by Fred Camper, artist and longtime art and film critic for the Chicago Reader and many other publications. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

– Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

This series explores connections between cinema and the modern city. The mechanized city emerged alongside cinema's origins, and some films, notably MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, suggest this parallel. The city is often present as a mechanism outside the characters’ control, most obviously in METROPOLIS. Cities may serve as backdrops for narratives (COLLATERAL), and as metaphors for the central theme of a narrative (L’ARGENT). Documentaries have focused on the inhabitants of the city (LE JOLI MAI), and experimental filmmakers have depicted it poetically (RAIN).

– Fred Camper

Admission to all “Cities in Cinema” programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Camper’s lecture.


Tuesday lecture series! Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin!

Man with a Movie Camera

Chelovek s kinoapparatom

1929, Dziga Vertov, USSR, 68 min.


  • Tue, Sep 8th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!


1927, Fritz Lang, Germany, 147 min. With Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge.


  • Sat, Sep 12th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 15th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Man's Castle

1933, Frank Borzage, USA, 75 min. With Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young.


  • Sat, Sep 19th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 22nd 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!

I Confess

1953, Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 95 min. With Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter.


  • Fri, Sep 25th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 29th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Artists and Models

1955, Frank Tashlin, USA, 109 min. With Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine.


  • Sat, Oct 3rd 5:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 6th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Los Olvidados

1950, Luis Buñuel, Mexico, 80 min. With Alfonso Mejia, Robert Cobo.


  • Sat, Oct 10th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Oct 13th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Europe '51


1952, Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 109 min. With Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox.


  • Sat, Oct 17th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 20th 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!


1983, Robert Bresson, France, 85 min. With Christian Patey, Caroline Lang.


  • Sat, Oct 24th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 27th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Le Joli Mai

1963, Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme, France, 145 min. Narrated by Simone Signoret.


  • Sun, Nov 1st 4:30pm
  • Tue, Nov 3rd 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Early Spring


1956, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 144 min. With Ryo Ikebe, Keiko Kishi.


  • Sat, Nov 7th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 10th 6:00pm