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.
2003, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 107 min. With Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Julia Dufvenius.
"Gaze now upon this achievement - which is great - for it is not only Bergman's last film, but also the last of its kind." - James Quandt, Cinema Scope.
Bergman's final film is a fitting farewell - an immensely moving and intensely personal work that moves from the late autumn of reflection and regret to the early spring of reconciliation and renewal. A self-sufficient sequel to Bergman's 1973 masterpiece SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, it reunites Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson in their unforgettable roles as Marianne and Johan. Thirty years after their divorce, Marianne impulsively pays a surprise visit to Johan at his country home. After a touchingly awkward reunion, the drama widens to include the two succeeding generations: Johan's estranged son Henrik and Henrik's troubled daughter Karin. Devastated by the recent death of his saintly wife, music professor Henrik has developed an unhealthily possessive attachment to Karin, a talented cellist struggling to break free from her father and make a crucial decision that will determine her future. In Swedish with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration courtesy of SVT International. (MR)
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
Le grand méchant renard et autres contes...
2017, Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner, France/Belgium, 83 min.
"Utterly beguiling…deliriously entertaining." - Matthew Turner, The List
"Wacky, heartwarming and wise…equal parts Tex Avery and Dr. Seuss, with a bit of Adult Swim thrown into the mix." - Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Two of the makers of Oscar-nominated ERNEST & CELESTINE team up for an endearingly goofy 2-D animated romp hosted by a wily wide-eyed fox, who invites his audience behind the makeshift curtain for a three-part production of barnyard theater. A hoot for the whole family, with enough satire and pop culture references to engage the adults and enough slapstick to keep everybody in stitches, this set of tales boasts an all-animal cast with some winningly human foibles and fears. In the zany, fast-paced "A Baby to Deliver," a stork feigns a broken wing and leaves it to the clueless combo of Pig, Rabbit, and Duck to deliver a bundled baby girl, but a wrong turn lands them in China. The Fox, neither as big or as bad as he thinks, is faced with a fitting dilemma in "The Big Bad Fox," when the eggs he steals hatch and the rambunctious chicks imprint on him as their parent. In "A Perfect Christmas," the animals hustle to replace Santa Claus after a farmyard stunt goes disastrously awry. In English, or in French with English subtitles, at indicated times. DCP digital. (BS)
FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Fri., 10/19 at 4 pm — Sat., 10/20 at 4:45 pm — Mon., 10/22 at 6 pm — Thu., 10/25 at 8:15 pm — Fri., 10/26 at 6 pm — Sat., 10/27 at 3 pm — Sun., 10/28 at 5 pm — Mon., 10/29 at 6 pm — Thu., 11/1 at 8:15 pm
Fri., 10/19 at 6 pm — Sun., 10/21 at 3:15 pm — Tue., 10/23 at 7:45 pm — Wed., 10/24 at 6 pm — Fri., 10/26 at 2 pm — Sat., 10/27 at 6:30 pm — Sun., 10/28 at 1:30 pm — Wed., 10/31 at 6 pm
The Wednesday, October 31 screening is a family-friendly Movie Club event.
Shorts program: Women Of Color
2017-18, Various directors, USA, 88 min.
- Tue, Aug 28th 6:00pm
- Wed, Aug 29th 8:00pm
The strength of women of color to live, love, survive and prevail is at the center of these six shorts: GLADYS BROWN (2017, 13 min.) by Chad Scarborough; EMBERS (2018, 9 min.) by Prakshi Malik; BURNING ANGEL DUST (2017, 16 min.) by Jackie J. Stone; ON MONDAY OF LAST WEEK (2018, 14 min.) by Akosua Adoma Owusu; PEARL MOTEL (2017, 17 min.) by Chris Jones; and SHOTGUN WEDDING (2018, 19 min.) by Derek Dow.
Tuesday 8/28 & Wednesday 8/29: Directors Derek Dow and Chris Jones will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.
The Wednesday screening is a Movie Club event.
2017, Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne, USA, 90 min.
"A celebratory documentary…sensitive, humane filmmaking." - Wesley Morris, The New York Times
"Delightful…Anyone who loves movies is bound to love SAVING BRINTON." - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
A nitrate copy of THE TRIPLE-HEADED LADY, an elaborately hand-tinted short by French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès, thought to be lost, comes astonishingly to light in an Iowa farmhouse, but that is only one part of the remarkable story of heartland film history told in this engaging documentary. Mike Zahs - amiable retired history teacher, part-time farmer, and eccentric fulltime hoarder living in tiny Washington, Iowa - discovers a vast trove of artifacts from the estate of William Franklin Brinton, an entrepreneurial theater owner whose barnstorming shows once introduced his rural audiences to the moving-picture wonders of the dawning twentieth century. Zahs becomes a crusader for preservation of the priceless horde, including film reels, catalogues, posters, handwritten journals, and more, and soon the unassuming teacher is hobnobbing with the elite of the film preservation world in France and the U.S. A portrait of small-town Iowa is integral to this warm-hearted chronicle, which includes a complete viewing of the restored Méliès film. DCP digital. (BS)
Saturday, July 21: Film subject Michael Zahs and filmmakers Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by Michelle Puetz, Curator of Collections and Public Programs at Chicago Film Archives. This screening is a Movie Club event.
Wednesday, July 25: Filmmaker John Richard is scheduled to appear for audience discussion following the screening.