Everyone likes to talk about movies, so let’s keep the conversation going! The Gene Siskel Film Center will get everyone talking with monthly film conversations. Audiences are invited to informal conversations led by—but not monopolized by—carefully selected facilitators.
The Fallen Idol
1948, Carol Reed, UK, 94 min. With Ralph Richardson, Bobby Henrey.
“A knockout…one of the great films about looking, about perspective, about the way we watch and interpret not just film plots but each other.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Author Graham Greene, who adapted the screenplay from his own short story, considered THE FALLEN IDOL the best of the films he wrote, even better than the celebrated THE THIRD MAN, and more and more critics have come to share that opinion. This gripping psychological thriller centers on the relationship between eight-year-old Philippe (Henrey, remarkable in his only film appearance), son of a European ambassador in London, and Baines (Richardson, subtle and brilliant), the suave butler whom the boy idolizes. Yoked to a shrewish wife, Baines is carrying on a furtive relationship with a younger woman (Michèle Morgan), and Philippe, witnessing but not understanding, is drawn into an adult world of secrets and lies that engulfs him when Baines’s deception has deadly consequences. Director Reed and cinematographer Georges Périnal make especially effective use of the ambassadorial mansion, turning it into a vast theater that both motivates and misleads the boy’s imagination. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
NOVEMBER 18: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by J. R. Jones, lead film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of The Lives of Robert Ryan.
百日紅 / Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
2015, Keichi Hara, Japan, 93 min.
- Fri, Oct 21st 6:00pm
- Sat, Oct 22nd 2:45pm
- Sun, Oct 23rd 5:00pm
- Mon, Oct 24th 7:45pm
- Tue, Oct 25th 6:00pm
- Wed, Oct 26th 6:00pm
- Thu, Oct 27th 8:15pm
- Fri, Oct 28th 2:00pm
- Fri, Oct 28th 6:00pm
- Sat, Oct 29th 3:00pm
- Sun, Oct 30th 2:00pm
- Mon, Oct 31st 6:00pm
- Tue, Nov 1st 8:15pm
- Wed, Nov 2nd 6:00pm
- Thu, Nov 3rd 8:15pm
“MISS HOKUSAI manages to be that rare animation whose attention to character psychology and real-world detail can actually rival that of live-action." — Peter Debruge, Variety
"Breathes real life into its characters through gentle, warm scenes of everyday life in a stunningly well realised 19th century Tokyo...Visually, this may be a contender for most beautiful animated movie of the year." — Rob Daniel, Electric Shadows
The bustling, colorful setting of 1814 Edo (later Tokyo) is seen from the perspective of a famous artist's daughter in this animated gem from the revered anime studio Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL, A LETTER TO MOMO). Based on the cult manga "Sarusuberi" by Hinako Sugiura, the film follows 23-year-old O-Ei as she lives and works alongside her father — the great artist Hokusai, best known for the iconic "Great Wave Off Kanagawa." Assisting her unkempt, neglectful parent and producing accomplished, unattributed works of her own, the prickly O-Ei struggles to mature as an artist and as a woman. The film’s episodic structure leaves room to immerse us in the sights and sounds of Edo's "floating world" of prostitutes, artists, and merchants. Highlights include the experience-hungry O-Ei's visit to a brothel; a boat trip under the city's main bridge; a house call to a woman tormented by evil spirits; and a piercingly beautiful scene in a snowy park with O-Ei and her blind kid sister. In Japanese with English subtitles at indicated times. In English at indicated times. DCP digital. (MR)
JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES:
Fri., 10/21 at 6 pm — Sun., 10/23 at 5 pm — Mon., 10/24 at 7:45 pm — Wed., 10/26 at 6 pm — Thu., 10/27 at 8:15 pm — Fri., 10/28 at 2 pm — Sat., 10/29 at 3 pm — Tue., 11/1 at 8:15 pm — Wed., 11/2 at 6 pm — Thu., 11/3 at 8:15 pm
Sat., 10/22 at 2:45 pm — Tue., 10/25 at 6 pm — Fri., 10/28 at 6 pm — Sun., 10/30 at 2 pm — Mon., 10/31 at 6 pm
OCTOBER 26: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by anime & video game critic Hiroko Yamamura, former Editor in Chief of Japanator.com and writer for Otaku USA Magazine.