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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


1915, Mario Roncoroni, Italy, 70 min.
With Valeria Creti, Giovanni Spano

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 20th 2:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 3:30pm
  • Thu, Dec 26th 6:15pm
Chicago premiere! New restoration! Dave Drazin on piano!

"It may be the spryest comic-book movie of the season and perhaps the most progressive."—J. Hoberman, The New York Times

"FILIBUS zips along with crisp, deliciously absurd plotting and an effervescent lightness of touch, amid gorgeous seaside locations."—Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment

Released in a new 2K restoration, this scintillating century-old rediscovery from Italy has been striking contemporary chords among cinephiles and critics, who called its intrepid heroine "the Joker of 1915" (J. Hoberman, New York Times), a predecessor of Wonder Woman (Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment), and "cinema's first lesbian 'bad girl'" (Yugoslav Film Archive). Putting a lighter, gender-bending spin on Jules Verne's Captain Nemo and Louis Feuillade's serial super-villain Fantômas, Filibus is a female master-thief who operates from a futuristic airship while deploying three different identities: an elegant baroness, a tomboyish thief, and a debonair count. When she learns that the eminent detective Kutt-Hendry is on her trail, she boldly accuses the detective himself of being Filibus. With a series of dazzling deceptions, Filibus proceeds to incriminate Kutt-Hendry for her own crimes, while at the same time, in her count disguise, romancing his beautiful sister! New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin on Sunday; other screenings with prerecorded musical score.

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