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It Happened at the Inn
Goupi mains rouges
1943, Jacques Becker, France, 104 min.
"Becker gave French cinema its greatest film about rural France.”--Bernard Eisenschitz, Il Cinema Ritrovato
In Becker's first major film, a not-as-dumb-as-he-seems city lad arrives in a provincial
backwater where he finds himself embroiled with a murder, a hidden treasure, and the
warring factions of a most peculiar family. Part mystery story, part black comedy,
part Balzacian social canvas, part satire of country-city conflicts, INN is at all times a
ripping good yarn, laced with irony and vivid characterizations. In French with
English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of the Institut Français; thanks to the Cultural
Services of the French Embassy. (MR)
2018, Luis Ortega, Argentina/Spain, 118 min.
“Hypnotic…Ortega has a real eye for flashy, chaotic set pieces and a real ear for excellent Latin rock.”--Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“An achingly cool period sensibility, and a stunning debut performance by 19-year-old Lorenzo Ferro.”--Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
Remorseless murder, ambiguous sexuality, and the disarming power of male beauty make
for a recipe for mayhem in this amoral yet picaresque tale produced by Pedro Almodóvar,
and based on the real-life story of Carlos Robledo Puch, a legendary serial killer known
as “the Death Angel,” who terrorized Argentina in the Sixties. Carlitos (Ferro), a wild-
child teen with a mop of golden curls and the heavy-lidded gaze of a born seducer, teams
up with working-class dandy Ramón (Darín) during a stint in reform school. Ramón’s
low-life dad provides the natural habitat for launching heists of drugs, jewelry, guns, and
more, but the daring of their angelic new accomplice leaves them bringing up the rear on
the runaway train that is Carlitos. Director Ortega splashes the film with outsized
sensuality, homoerotic attraction, and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility, as sexuality and the taste
for transgression merge in one reckless and irresistible package. In Spanish with English
subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
1941, Orson Welles, USA, 119 min.
Hot off his meteoric ascent as the "Boy Wonder" of theater ("Voodoo Macbeth") and
radio ("The War of the Worlds"), Welles took Hollywood by storm with this prismatic
portrait of a newspaper tycoon loosely modeled on William Randolph Hearst and bearing
certain resemblances to Welles himself. Daringly innovative in its use of deep-focus
cinematography, narrative structure, and multilayered soundtrack, CITIZEN KANE
remains the most sensational debut in film history. Whether it is the greatest film of all
time, or even Welles' greatest film, is a perpetual topic of discussion, but one thing is
certain: Welles would never again enjoy such ideal production conditions, unhindered by
studio interference or financial constraints. 35mm. (MR)
1963, Luchino Visconti, Italy, 185 min.
"Magnificent...a great film of a great book."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Visconti’s widescreen masterpiece is one of the cinema’s richest visual experiences. Based on the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, it tells of an aging but still vigorous Sicilian prince (Lancaster, who modeled his performance on the princely Visconti) whose sympathies for Garibaldi’s revolution conflict with the interests of his own declining class. The climactic grand ball is an overwhelming tour de force of densely orchestrated detail. In Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Note: There will be a 15-minute intermission. (MR)
2018, Cameron Yates, USA, 82 min.
“Takes an honest look at child food prodigy Flynn McGarry, warts and all.”--Alan Ng, Film Threat
“Involving and mouth-watering...Gets beyond the hype surrounding culinary prodigy Flynn McGarry."-John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Marvels of gastronomy that will take your breath away are just the amuse-bouche for juicy family melodrama that begins when ten-year-old Flynn McGarry (a recent Chicago Ideas Week lecturer) takes over cooking duties from his divorced mother and proves a culinary quick study who’s running his own gourmet supper club from their Los Angeles living room by the time he’s twelve. This revealing profile of child-prodigy chef Flynn goes way behind the scenes to portray the drama surrounding an ambitious helicopter mom and relentlessly precocious son locked in a symbiotic relationship that may ultimately result in rebellion. As innovative food creations flow non-stop from the home-schooled kid’s remarkably professional bedroom kitchen, The New York Times, Time magazine, and other national media outlets make him a star. Filmmaker Yates (THE CANAL STREET MADAM) blends footage shot over the years by Flynn’s filmmaker mother Meg (KISSHUI) with his own intimate coverage of the young chef’s rapid rise and the tumultuous process of opening a pop-up Manhattan restaurant at the age of seventeen. DCP digital. (BS)
December 12, 2018:Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club examines Chef Flynn. Facilitators are Portia Belloc Lowndes, Founder of Slow Food Chicago; Eda Davidman, member of the GSFC Advisory Board and Green City Market Board of Directors; and Eda's 11-year-old son, Cade Missner, who started cooking on his own at age five. Each ticket-holder attending the post-screening discussion receives a complimentary beverage.