Talking Pictures presents year-round, multi-week, one-hour cinema seminars and lectures led by filmmakers, scholars, critics, and community partners, providing curious cinephiles the opportunity for deeper engagement with the moving image through the exploration of film genres, auteurs, eras, and themes.  All conversations will have the option for closed captioning.

Jonathan Rosenbaum presents eight films over four weeks that provide a suggestive and varied representation of the 1950s, a decade that began with the post World War II boom across the globe, that marked an era of great prosperity and change for the United States, and saw the start and end of the Korean War. For this series, Rosenbaum has paired classics with lesser-known masterpieces from the decade that explore perspectives from the United States, Italy, France, Denmark, Japan and Mexico. Each session will explore themes, genres, and filmmakers alongside examinations of production details and historical context.

Registration for this course will be facilitated by Eventive, and the lectures will be held on Zoom. Films are watched by participants outside of the course schedule. The Film Center does not provide access to films; please refer to this page for a list of sources. All films are available for free or for a small rental fee on various streaming platforms. 

SCHEDULE & TO REGISTER: June 8 through July 1, Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:00 pm CT

If you have purchased a pass, please register for each lecture. If you are only interested in a few of the lectures click on the lecture you are interested in purchasing a ticket.


Member Ticket per session* - $6

General admission ticket per session - $12

General admission series pass - $42



Tuesday, June 8: STARS IN MY CROWN (Jacques Tourneur, 1950, 89 min.)

Thursday, June 10: THE WHITE SHEIK (Federico Fellini, 1952, 86 min.) 



Tuesday, June 15: THE STORY OF THREE LOVES (Gottfried Reinhardt/Vincente Minnelli,1953, 122 min.)

Thursday, June 17: A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson, 1956, 99 min.) 



Tuesday, June 22: ORDET (Carl Dreyer, 1955, 126 min.) 

Thursday, June 24: BITTER VICTORY (Nicholas Ray, 1957, 102 min.) 



Tuesday, June 29: KISSES  (Yasuzo Masumura,1957,74 min.)

Thursday, July 1: THE YOUNG ONE (Luis Bunuel, 1960, 98 min.) 


jonathan rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum was film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008. His 15 books include CINEMATIC ENCOUNTERS (two volumes), GOODBYE CINEMA, HELLO CINEPHILIA, DISCOVERING ORSON WELLES, ESSENTIAL CINEMA, ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (with Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa), MOVIE WARS, DEAD MAN, MOVIES AS POLITICS, PLACING MOVIES, GREED, MIDNIGHT MOVIES (with J. Hoberman), and MOVING PLACES. He has taught at New York University, the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Sarajevo’s FilmFactory. He maintains a web site archiving most of his work at

*You are eligible for member pricing if your Film Center membership was in good standing when we paused our theatrical programming in March 2020 or if you have purchased or renewed your membership in the time since. If you purchase or renew today, your membership will not be officially activated until re-open, but you will continue to receive intermittent perks--like these discounts! 

Please email us at, including your name and the series passes/individual lectures that you would like to purchase, and we will send you unique codes to use at checkout.