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1985, Jûzô Itami, Japan, 114 min. With Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto.
- Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
- Fri, Dec 2nd 7:45pm
- Sat, Dec 3rd 5:15pm
- Sun, Dec 4th 3:00pm
- Mon, Dec 5th 6:00pm
- Tue, Dec 6th 8:15pm
- Wed, Dec 7th 6:00pm
- Thu, Dec 8th 8:15pm
- Fri, Dec 9th 2:00pm
- Fri, Dec 9th 6:00pm
- Sat, Dec 10th 5:30pm
- Sun, Dec 11th 3:00pm
- Mon, Dec 12th 6:00pm
- Wed, Dec 14th 8:15pm
- Thu, Dec 15th 6:00pm
"A funny story beautifully told." — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A gleefully sensual and inventive comedy...TAMPOPO creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy." — Michael Sragow, Film Comment
A tall, cowboy-hatted stranger named Goro (Watanabe) swaggers into the noodle shop operated by the adorable Tampopo (Miyamoto), whose name means dandelion in Japanese but whose ramen are terrible in any language. A bad ramen is serious business, so Goro takes Tampopo on a quest for The Perfect Noodle. From this offbeat premise, director Itami cooked up one of the most original and delightful comedies ever made, a zesty, simmering concoction that links together three elemental sources of pleasure: movies, sex, and food. Especially food: the film provides an epic catalogue of the myriad ways of preparing ramen and other culinary delights, served up in sensuous and mouth-watering detail. No wonder critic Ravinder Kingra in Keyframe recently named TAMPOPO as “the greatest of all food films.” New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
DECEMBER 12 This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Chicago Reader Senior Writer / Food Critic Mike Sula.
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.