Everyone's in the club! Just by attending the monthly Movie Club film and participating in the conversation, you are in! Each month we invite all audience members to join informal conversations led — but not monopolized — by carefully selected facilitators.
Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf
2017, Thomas Piper, USA, 75 min.
"You might liken his plant compositions to the frenetic glory of his countryman Willem de Kooning, except the fury is replaced with a dense, living canvas that never seems to lose its serenity." - Adrian Higgins, Washington Post
"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively." - Jennifer Reut, Landscape Architecture Magazine
Five seasons in the gardens and career of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, creator of Chicago's acclaimed Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, are traced in this lush documentary that blooms with details of Oudolf's other high-profile projects including Manhattan's High Line and the waterfront Battery Gardens. Beginning with an autumn walk through the designer's own sprawling but intricately planted garden in the Dutch village of Hummelo, the film conveys his deep and thoughtful appreciation for botanical life in all its seasons. Oudolf cites Lurie Garden as the turning point in his development as a designer, a project that propelled him to new thinking about ecology and the use of native plants. As the designer undertakes a major new project for a gallery and arts center in southwest England, seen from start to finish, he seeks inspiration from nature in locations including the gloriously bluebonnet-covered hills of West Texas. DCP digital. (BS)
Friday 6/15 at 7:45 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by director Thomas Piper and moderated by Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist of Lurie Garden. Attendees will receive a Daelmans stroopwafel.
Always At The Carlyle
2018, Matthew Miele, USA, 91 min.
The Carlyle, New York's ultimate no-tell hotel to the celebrity and moneyed class, gives up a few of its secrets in a delightful documentary that plays peek-a-boo with the establishment's fabled policy of tight-lipped silence regarding guests who have ranged from presidents and royals to the Rolling Stones and Hollywood stars including Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, and is rumored to have been the site of trysts between JFK and Marilyn Monroe. What happened in the Carlyle stayed in the Carlyle long before there was a Vegas, and longtime guests and fans (including George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Wes Anderson, and Alan Cumming) drop hints and tell amusing tales. Director Miele (CRAZY ABOUT TIFFANY'S, SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S) puts together an insider tour from the Café Carlyle, where cabaret artist Bobby Short once ruled Manhattan's nightlife, to the stations staffed by loyal concierges, elevator operators, and maids whose evident love for the place makes it feel like home to guests. DCP digital. (BS)
May 24 at 8:15 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Philippe Gills, Chef Concierge at The Langham Chicago.
2017, Agnès Varda and JR, France, 89 min.
"Enormously pleasurable." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A powerful, complex and radical work." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Leave it to 89-year-old Agnès Varda to make the zippiest, zestiest documentary of the year, a worthy successor to her late-career, notebook-like masterpieces THE GLEANERS & I and THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS. This time she takes along as her companion and co-director the photographer and installation artist JR, whose omnipresent dark glasses remind Varda of her former New Wave compatriot Jean-Luc Godard (who will figure in the film's bittersweet climax). Agnès and JR zigzag across northern France in his van/photo-booth, taking large-format pictures of the people they meet and turning them into gargantuan murals plastered on the sides of buildings, railroad cars, and cargo containers. The pattern of these spontaneous encounters seems almost random, but collectively they form an evocative mosaic that captures the spirit of present-day, working-class France. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)