“Shot in a rudimentary but pleasingly grainy black-and-white, with hypnotic organ music from Philip Glass (his first credited feature-length film score), this hour long picture is a delight.” - Glenn Kenney, New York Times

“Full of idealism and an innocent faith in the possibilities of people, Inquiring Nuns is a soothing balm for our age of 24/7 online hate.” - Phil Hoad, Guardian

In the first film Glass scored, two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"


Awards & Nominations

Official Selection - Hot Docs (2016)
Official Selection - Chicago International Film Festival (1969)


SCORED BY GLASS: Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Film Center celebrates the influence and impact of composer Philip Glass with some of our favorite Glass scores. Round out your Glass listening experience with a program of Muti, Uchida, and Philip Glass in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center February 17-19, as Riccardo Muti conducts Glass’ Eleventh Symphony, a colorful, exuberant score that the composer wrote for his own 80th-birthday celebration.
Details: https://cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/muti-uchida-philip-glass/

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