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.