A nine-film series devoted to the great Italian director who combined visual splendor with vivid characterizations and a tragic sense of social-historical change.
Current & Ongoing Series
Stranger Than Fiction
January 4 - 31
From January 4 through 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the art of the documentary in a special way with the series Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres. Identity in its many meanings and permutations is the theme that weaves through seven features and two shorts, as the subjects of these films explore what it means to be true to themselves, true to their values, and true to their dreams.
January 4 - 31
From January 4 to 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in collaboration with the Institut Français and Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents ten films by Jacques Becker, whose career forms a bridge between French cinema’s Golden Age of the 1930s and its New Wave of the 1960s.
The Owl's Legacy: Programs I - IIII
January 6 - 28
“Something for the ages...at once illuminating and confounding, heady but playful. It is also seldom less than entertaining.”
—J. Hoberman, The New York Times
Chris Marker (SANS SOLEIL) was the acknowledged master of the film-essay, and THE OWL’S LEGACY was perhaps his most ambitious project. It consists of thirteen 26-minute chapters, each centered on a single word that illustrates one facet of the series’ overriding question: “What is the role of Greece?”
Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument
January 25 - May 7
From Jan. 25 through May 7, we offer Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument, a series of fourteen programs with weekly Tuesday lectures by Jonathan Rosenbaum, internationally renowned film critic and author of numerous books including Discovering Orson Welles. The series is presented in cooperation with the SAIC Dept. of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Fri. or Sat. do not include the lecture. Admission to all Orson Welles programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual prices for non-members.