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FILM CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 25 - NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch in National Theatre’s HAMLET November 1 and 3

Chicago’s Year-Round Film Festival

3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago

www.musicboxtheatre.com 773.871.6607

CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7

DIRECTOR AGNÈS

VARDA IN PERSON!

OCT 14

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OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO

OCT 17 & 18

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MUSIC BOX OF

HORRORS

24 HOUR MOVIE

MARATHON

OCT 24-25

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NASTY BABY

KRISTEN WIIG IN

PERSON!

OCT 30 & 31

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SSSC PRESENTS

JOHN FORD’S

UPSTREAM

NOV 14

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Welcome

TO THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE!

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FEATURE PRESENTATIONS

GOODNIGHT MOMMY

ATTACK ON TITAN, PART 1 AND 2

MISSISSIPPI GRIND

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE

THE QUAY BROTHERS

EXPERIMENTER

MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS

NASTY BABY

THE ASSASSIN

VICTORIA

LOVE

BARISTA

HEART OF A DOG

COMMENTARY

MATINEES

OPENING DATE

SEPTEMBER 25

SEPTEMBER 30

OCTOBER 2

OCTOBER 9

OCTOBER 10-12

OCTOBER 16

OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 24-25

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OCTOBER 30

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NOVEMBER 13

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SPECIAL EVENTS

CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 WITH AGNÈS VARDA

OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

ROOKIE YEARBOOK WITH TAVI GEVINSON

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE LIVE

ANNIVERSARY RESTORATIONS

HALLOWEEN WITH ROCKY HORROR

DAVID MITCHELL AND LANA WACHOWSKI

SOUND OPINIONS: NASHVILLE

MIDNIGHTS

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FEATURED PRESENTATIONS

STARTS SEPTEMBER 25

STARTS OCTOBER 2

GOODNIGHT MOMMY

DIRECTED BY: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

STARRING: Lukas Schwartz, Elias Schwartz, Susanne Wuest

99 minutes

It has cult potential stamped all

“ over it”

- The Hollywood Reporter

A brilliantly sinister horror film”

“- Entertainment Weekly

In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers

await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like

before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues

is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences on par with THE SHINING and DEAD

RINGERS.

MISSISSIPPI GRIND

DIRECTED BY: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

STARRING: Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller, Ben Mendelsohn

108 minutes

In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry,

a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortune begins to

change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly

READ PAT MCGAVIN’S

COMMENTARY ON PAGE 12.

A throwback to the lost souls and

“ open highways of 1970s American

Cinema”

- Variety

[Mississippi Grind is] awesome.

“ Script, performances, characters,

everything. Love it.”

- Matt Pais, Chicago Red Eye

charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new

friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they

make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every

bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows,

but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.

STARTS SEPTEMBER 30

STARTS OCTOBER 9

Official

Selection at

2015 Sundance

Film Festival

ATTACK ON TITAN, THE MOVIES Part 1 & Part 2

DIRECTOR: Shinji Higuchi

The man-eating humanoid giants we call “Titans” first appeared over 100 years ago, devouring humans

without motive or remorse. What was left of mankind retreated behind three enormous concentric

walls. No Titans have breached the walls since, and humanity has lived in peace.

After a century of relative peace, the people within the walls are growing restless. A young man named

Eren and his friends venture to the wall’s edge with the hopes of seeing what’s on the other side. But

before they can get there, the unthinkable happens; a Titan larger and more fierce than any that have

been seen before breaches the wall. Now, a once isolated world is flooded with seemingly indestructible

Titans, and the only way to beat them is to fight back. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren

than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY

OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON

DIRECTOR: Douglas Tirola

STARRING: Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase, John Belushi

92 minutes

From the 1970s through the 1990s, there was no hipper,

no more outrageous comedy in print than The National

Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that

Punch-drunk and very much alive…a real

“ crowdpleaser.”

- Variety

You’re about to meet the unsung heroes of

“ American funny business.”

- Rolling Stone

pushed the limits of taste and acceptability—and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything

from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually

went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including

ANIMAL HOUSE and NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION, launching dozens of huge careers on the

way.

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OCTOBER 10-12

STARTS OCTOBER 23

BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE

DIRECTOR: Hiroyuki Yamashita

(2014) 98 minutes; Japanese with English subtitles

BASED ON THE HIT MANGA BY

MASASHI KISHIMOTO

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train

new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s

daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto; Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And

Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father. Sasuke who’s been on a mission

in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed.

Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to assassinate

Naruto with the Rinnegan. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As

Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto.

EXPERIMENTER

DIRECTED BY: Michael Almereyda

STARRING: Winona Ryder, Anton Yelchin, Peter Sarsgaard

90 minutes

Michael Almereyda dissects the life

“ and work of controversial psychologist

Stanley Milgram in a highly stylized

biopic worthy of its subject”

- Variety

Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a

psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful

electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his

pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects don’t stop the experiment, administering what they think is

a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s

trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific

community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some

circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Winona

Ryder) stands by him through it all.

STARTS OCTOBER 16

The Music Box of Horrors

returns on Saturday,

October 24 at Noon!

All new

35mm

prints!

THE QUAY BROTHERS IN 35 MM

A dazzling collection of experimental shorts…

A film by The Quay Brothers and Christopher Nolan

the program forces viewers to open their eyes

to a different kind of cinematic experience.”

Stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay find

- Indiewire

their inspiration in Eastern European literature and classical

music and art, their work distinguished by its dark humor and an uncanny feeling for color and

texture. Masters of miniaturization, they turn their tiny sets into unforgettable worlds suggestive of

long-repressed childhood dreams. These three Quay masterworks, selected by director Christopher

Nolan, feature broken pencils and lead shavings in IN ABSENTIA, a porcelain doll’s explorations of a

dreamer’s imagination in THE COMB, the nightmarish netherworld of STREET OF CROCODILES, and

for the first time ever, QUAY (2015), Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’

studio.


INCLUDES CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S

NEW SHORT FILM QUAY

Our annual 24-hour marathon is

going to be better than ever, with

horror films ranging from classic

to grotesque to spine-chilling

to fan favorites to underseen

oddities, all presented in the finest

35mm and digital projection.

This year’s festivities include a tribute

to genre-defining horror master Wes

Craven with his underseen THE SERPENT

AND THE RAINBOW, Dario Argento’s

gruesome mystery DEEP RED, and the

return of Chucky in CHILD’S PLAY 2!

24 Hour

Movie

Marathon

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STARTS OCTOBER 30

Opening

weekend

Kristin Wiig in

person!

STARTS NOVEMBER 6

NASTY BABY

DIRECTED BY: Sebastian Silva

STARRING: Kristen Wiig, Alia Shawkat

100 minutes

Nasty Baby brilliantly combines

“ loopy comedy and a mysterious

sense of dread surrounding human

behavior.”

- IndieWIRE

An eerie, fevered horror picture”

“- THE VILLAGE VOICE

Brooklyn artist Freddy (Sebastian Silva) is baby obsessed. His new

project centers around newborns, and he and his boyfriend, Mo,

have recruited their best friend, Polly (Kristen Wiig) to help them have a baby. On top of dealing with the

stress of opening an art installation and the complications of conceiving a child via artificial insemination,

the three begin to be harassed by The Bishop, a mentally ill neighborhood man. An escalating

series of incidents threaten to derail the comfortable lives these people have built for themselves.

VICTORIA

DIRECTED BY: Sebastian Schipper

STARRING: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau

140 minutes, English and German with English Subtitles

READ STEVE PROKOPY’S

COMMENTARY ON PAGE 14

VICTORIA rocked my world.”

“- Darren Aronofsky

A great feat of technical artistry is all

“ in service to the marvelous humanity

that fills every pulsing minute.”

- Los Angeles Daily News

VICTORIA was shot in one single take. Two hours and eighteen

minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either.

Just one shot. Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne

and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads have gotten

themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As

the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out

of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne address the inevitable: it’s all or nothing and they

abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell.

STARTS OCTOBER 30

STARTS NOVEMBER 6

From the

controversial

director of

IRREVERSIBLE and

ENTER THE VOID

THE ASSASSIN

DIRECTED BY: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

STARRING: Qi Shu, Chen Chang

107 minutes, Mandarin with English Subtitles

Extraordinarily beautiful to watch”

“- The Hollywood Reporter

Back with his first film in 8 years, legendary Taiwanese

director Hou Hsiao-hsien wowed this year’s Cannes Film

Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring THE ASSASSIN—a wondrous take on the

traditional wuxia film. The story is simple, if elusive—in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young

woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in

the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin,

with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her

long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of

the righteous assassins. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable

bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN is a martial arts film like none made before it.


Filled with palace intrigue, expressive silences,

flowing curtains, whispering trees and some of

the most ravishingly beautiful images to have

graced [Cannes]”

- The New York Times

LOVE

DIRECTED BY: Gaspar Noe

STARRING: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock, Klara Kristin

134 minutes

January 1st, early morning. The telephone rings. Murphy wakes up next to his young wife and 2-year-old

child. He listens to his voicemail: Electra’s mother, sick with worry, wants to know whether he has

heard from her daughter. Electra’s been missing for a long time. She’s afraid something really bad has

happened to her. Over the course of an endless rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment,

reminiscing about the greatest love affair of his life, his two years with Electra. A burning passion full of

promises, games, excesses and mistakes.

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NOVEMBER 7 & 10

BARISTA

DIRECTED BY: Rock Baijnauth

103 minutes

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI meets

“ SPELLBOUND.”

- LA Times

Five top baristas find themselves pushing the limits of coffee perfection to win the National Barista

Championship—a surreal competition where even one mistake is far too many. Once a year, thousands

of baristas square off in competitions around the U.S., but only one will become the National Champion.

BARISTA takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and enlightening look into the unimaginable

world of coffee competitions and the passionate, lovable and quirky characters that devote their lives

to them.

STARTS NOVEMBER 13

Music Box Member

Becoming a member at the Music Box is a great way to

support the quality programming at the independently

owned and operated historic movie theatre, lounge

and garden. This includes our holiday classics, talk

backs, film festivals, visits from directors, producers,

and actors, as well as our regular midnight, matinee,

and feature presentations.

join today

• Discounted tickets

• Members-only screenings

• Advanced purchase for

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• Restaurant discounts

• Deals on Music Box Films DVD’s

• Bottomless popcorn

• Discounted house wines

HEART OF A DOG

DIRECTED BY: Laurie Anderson

75 minutes

Lovely and poetic…a generous gift

“ from Anderson”

- Film International

Haunting and celebratory”

“- Indiewire

Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in

2011, HEART OF A DOG is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries,

philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the

afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her

own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand drawn animation, 8mm home

movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like

visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and

told and how we use them to make sense of our lives.

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A GAMBLER’S LIFE

OF CHANCE

AND SOLITUDE

A COMMENTARY

ON MISSISSIPPI GRIND

By Patrick Z. McGavin

MISSISSIPPI GRIND STARTS OCTOBER 2.

SEE PAGE 5 FOR DETAILS.

Just before seeing the

captivating MISSISSIPPI

GRIND, I had the privilege of

catching a dazzling 35mm print

of Robert Altman’s great 1974

CALIFORNIA SPLIT. Different

sensibilities are at play here,

but the two echo and play off

each other so fully the points

of entry have a sensuous and

magnetic pull.

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are smart and idiosyncratic talents in their own right who demonstrated in their

previous features HALF NELSON and SUGAR a natural affinity with actors and an intuitive sense of place. They

are alchemists who color and shape the material to their own ends, filling their reveries about chance and

solitude with an aching poignancy.

Movies about gamblers are fundamentally confidence games that play with how we see, hear or process

information. Gamblers are artists, actors and they have a perverse sense of gamesmanship and competitiveness.

These movies also evoke a very particular and haunting world of peripheral or itinerant professionals—

bartenders, dealers, cab drivers, clerks, bookies and loan sharks. The disreputable make for innately appealing

and dramatically varied character. They are types, to be sure, but each is endowed with a sharp or craggy

individualism.

The atmosphere is pungent and lived-in. Physically, the movie limns a world of juke joints, back room parlors,

race tracks and bars that contains the action and deepens the sense of the forlorn, strange or dissociative.

MISSISSIPPI GRIND is a loose-limbed and highly textured road movie about two dreamers, the nervous, feral and

high strung Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) and the composed and more enigmatic Curtis (Ryan Reynolds).

Gerry is a real estate salesman who evades all manner of personal responsibilities and his mounting gambling

debts. Curtis is more circumspect and withholding. The two have an instant and telling rapport, the kind of

symbiotic attachment naturally binding the reckless or transgressive. The milieu is so intriguing because it exists

outside the normal social boundaries. The desperate and readily available exist side by side, so anything is

possible and everything is permitted.

The story is present and nicely worked in but it is secondary. Curtis stakes Gerry with $2,000 to take part in a

high-stake card game in New Orleans. The story cuts on movement and the possibility of the open landscape as

the two move from Iowa to St. Louis to the South. The poetry is found in the glances and asides or what goes

unspoken. The exchanges are plaintive and suffused with longing or regret, like a rendezvous played out between

Curtis and his occasional girlfriend (well-played by Sienna Miller) that tracks the lingering emotional wreckage.

That sense of rootlessness is pronounced, punctuated in the remarkable cinematography of Andrej Parekh that

in its use of the familiar and found objects only intensifies the sense of displacement. The movie meditates on

friendship and male camaraderie. Women are the casualties. In the best scene of the film, Gerry has a tense

reconciliation with his former wife (the brilliant Robin Weigert). The words cut, and his duplicity is wounding.

Fleck and Boden neither romanticize their subjects nor subject them to harsh judgment. In this world little

is stable or permanent. It is a movie observing behavior. Mendelsohn perfectly captures a man divided

with himself, proud, foolish and stubborn and living outside his head. Reynolds gives quite easily the finest

performance of his career. He is magnetic and

glides through the film, but the pauses, the

hesitations, mask a melancholy and pain. Gambling

movies are also nonconformists who refuse to

fall in. The Altman film played off the cultural

disillusionment of the period. MISSISSIPPI GRIND

acknowledges the weary annihilation of the

perpetual underclass.

The ending is open to interpretation, read as either

a euphoric justification or something far more

downbeat and ineffable. The road is always open.

Freedom is something else entirely.

Patrick Z. McGavin is a Chicago writer and film critic. His

reviews, essays and film festival reports have appeared in

Cineaste, filmjourney.org, RogerEbert.com and the London

film magazine Empire. He also maintains the film website

www.lightsensitive.typepad.com

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LIFE, WITH NO DO-OVERS

RUNNING AWAY WITH VICTORIA

By Steve “Capone” Prokopy

VICTORIA STARTS NOVEMBER 6.

SEE PAGE 9 FOR DETAILS.

It’s no accident that when the end credits for German

actor-turned-director Sebastian Schipper’s VICTORIA

begin, the first name to pop up after the film fades out

is not that of the filmmaker, but that of cinematographer

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, who somehow manages to pull off

the no-longer-impossible: the entire movie consists of one,

unbroken shot for roughly two hours and 15 minutes. And

don’t think for a second that the screenplay by Schipper,

Olivia Neergaard-Holm and Eike Frederik Schulz (although

the specific dialogue is largely improvised) makes it easy

on the cameraman to keep up with his subjects, who are nearly always moving, talking, running, getting chased,

dancing, and driving. It’s impossible to fathom how many times this film was shot or how infuriating it must

have been when someone flubbed a line or missed a mark after an hour and a half. These thoughts will cross

your mind for maybe the first 30 minutes, at which point you’ll absolutely lose yourself in the gripping, real-time

events in the heart of late night Berlin.

F A L L C O L L E C T I O N

Spanish actress Laia Costa plays the titular character, a young woman living temporarily in Berlin—her German

is not good and she spends a great deal of the film speaking in broken English. We meet her in a club, dancing

alone, but ready to end her night out when she meets four young German men, one of whom—Sonne (Frederick

Lau)—is flirting with her with some degree of success. While it may not seem the safest of ideas for a young

woman to run around Berlin with four strangers, they seem harmless enough (at least with regards to her), and

they race around the streets, drinking, getting to know each other and becoming friends.

The first hour of the film plays almost like a BEFORE SUNRISE-style romance between Victoria and Sonne, who

eventually end up alone in the café in which she works and is scheduled to open in a couple hours, apparently

on no sleep. But before anything touchy-feely happens, his three friends reappear having gotten a call from an

acquaintance about a mysterious job that requires four people to carry out. With one of the four too drunk to

function, Victoria volunteers to drive, into what, she isn’t quite sure. And considering Sonne’s friends have names

like Boxer and Blinker, you know nothing good is about to happen.

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Since it’s essentially told from Costa’s perspective (she’s rarely off screen), we get a sense that this is her adventure.

She never truly thinks she’s in any danger—partly because she doesn’t understand German—until she is

actually having her life threatened by a random gangster and former prison friend of Boxer, who is paying back a

protection debt by agreeing to pull off a bank robbery just as the employees are coming to work. Victoria is so

game to do just about anything, that even audience members will feel the same false sense of confidence that

she has that nothing truly awful will happen. But there are slight clues scattered throughout the film—including a

moment set at a piano—that indicate Victoria is running away from something in her native Madrid, and she’s not

quite sure (or perhaps doesn’t care) where her life is headed—the perfect formula for reckless behavior.

One element that adds to the momentum and immediacy of VICTORIA is that it feels like it’s always in motion,

even when the characters are chilling on a roof drinking beer or otherwise being still. Shot across more than 20

locations (including a return to the club from the opening that sees the characters in a wildly different state of

mind). But denying himself the luxury of editing, director Schipper has carefully crafted the flow of his narrative

so that there is almost zero lag time between set pieces. Combined with an often pulsating, hypnotic score from

Nils Frahm, the movie feels like it’s breathing in our ear and that we share a heartbeat with the characters.

Watching a film dedicated to keeping things organic and special effects free, I’m still trying to figure out how

the camera operator fit into the many cars VICTORIA squeezes us into, seemingly entering from the back seat

but positioning himself in the dead center of the car so he can see all four seats by rotating slightly. But the film

is far from just a technical masterpiece; it’s a vital, aggressive beast that isn’t afraid to leave its emotional edges

exposed, allowing us to actually care about the fate of these characters. Imagine that.

Steve Prokopy is the Chicago Editor for Ain’t It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com), where he has contributed film reviews and filmmaker

& actor interviews under the name “Capone” since 1998. In 2005, he also joined the staff of the Chicago-based media outlet

GapersBlock.com as the site’s Friday film critic with his Steve@theMovies column.

CinéVardaExpo.

Agnès Varda in Chicago

Oct 8-15, 2015

Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.)

varda.uchicago.edu

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JOHN FORD

A CINEMATIC POET

September 26 and 27: THE SEARCHERS

October 3 and 4: HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

AT 11:30AM

September 26 and 27

THE SEARCHERS

(John Ford, 1956, 119m, 35mm)

In this revered Western, Ethan

Edwards (John Wayne) returns

home to Texas after the Civil

War. When members of his

brother’s family are killed or

abducted by Comanches,

he vows to track down his

surviving relatives and bring

them home. Eventually,

Edwards gets word that his

niece Debbie (Natalie Wood)

is alive, and, along with her

adopted brother, Martin

Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), he

embarks on a dangerous

mission to find her, journeying

deep into Comanche territory.

October 3 and 4

HOW GREEN WAS

MY VALLEY

(John Ford 1941, 118m, 35mm)

Huw Morgan (Roddy

McDowall), the academically

inclined youngest son in

a proud family of Welsh

coal miners, witnesses the

tumultuous events of his

young life during a period of

rapid social change. At the

dawn of the 20th century,

a miners’ strike divides the

Morgans: the sons demand

improvements, and the father

(Donald Crisp) doesn’t want

to rock the boat. Meanwhile,

Huw’s eldest sister, Angharad

(Maureen O’Hara), pines for

the new village preacher, Mr.

Gruffydd (Walter Pidgeon).

10/1 FIVE EASY PIECES

10/2 COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME

JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN

10/8 (T)ERROR

10/9 VIDEOS BY JOAN JONAS

10/15 THE BOSS OF IT ALL

10/22 THE CONVERSATION

10/23 LA PROMESSE

10/29 THE IRON MINISTRY

10/30 THE DARK KNIGHT

BLOCKcinema

11/5–11/7 EYEWORKS FESTIVAL OF

EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION

11/12 MARÍA CANDELARIA

11/13 ENAMORADA

11/19 PRIVATE PROPERTY

11/20 LOS OLVIDADOS

12/3 NAZARÍN

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SOUTH SHORE OPERA COMPANY OF CHICAGO 2015

ANNUAL FALL EVENT

Composers UnMasked

Arias and duets from operas by Black composers:

L’amant anonyme/Earnestine by Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (18 th century)

Voodoo by Harry Lawrence Freeman (20 th century),

Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom by

Nkeiru Okoye (contemporary)

Performance by

TreDiva (Chicago’s own critically acclaimed sopranos)

Jonita Lattimore, Elizabeth Norman and Anisha McFarland

Sunday, October 25, 2015 – 5PM, Robeson Theater

South Shore Cultural Center - 7059 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

Jonita Elizabeth Anisha

Lattimore Norman McFarland

MARY AND LEIGH BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

40 ARTS CIRCLE DRIVE, EVANSTON, IL 60208

www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema

Pre-reception 4:30PM – Opera 5PM - Dinner and Entertainment 6:30PM

Ticketed Event $100

Purchase Tickets and information www.southshoreopera.org

Or contact us at opera@southshoreopera.org

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SECOND SATURDAY

SILENT CINEMA

October 10: BATTLING BUTLER

November 14: UPSTREAM

Silent Cinema Showtimes at Noon

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! As

part of the Music Box’s commitment to screening classic films,

the Music Box Silent Cinema Series is presented on the second

Saturday of each month at noon. Films are shown as authentically

as possible, with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music

Box Theatre organ.

Dennis Scott, Music Box Theatre’s house organist, is an

internationally renowned silent film accompanist dubbed the

“Master of Magic Notes” by Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the

comic genius Harold Lloyd.

Hear Dennis Scott

at the Music Box

Theatre Organ

most Saturday

evenings and Sunday

afternoons!

BATTLING BUTLER

(Buster Keaton, 1926, 77m, 35mm)

Meek millionaire Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) goes

on a camping excursion with his faithful servant (Snitz

Edwards). Once in the wilderness, Alfred ignores

outdoor activities in favor of trying to woo a charming

mountain girl (Sally O’Neil), who wants nothing to do

with her spoiled suitor. Trying to impress the girl, Alfred

masquerades as boxing star “Battling” Butler (Francis

McDonald). Unfortunately, when the real fighter finds out

puny Alfred has been impersonating him, the brawl is on.

UPSTREAM (John Ford, 1927, 60m)

Restored by Park Road Post Production in Wellington,

New Zealand, under the direction of Twentieth Century

Fox and the Academy Film Archive. With Nancy Nash,

Earle Foxe, Grant Withers. Considered lost until a print

was discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive in 2009,

this backstage drama about an egotistical actor and a

vaudeville couple who partner in a knife-throwing act

hints at the influence of F.W. Murnau on Ford’s evolving

style.

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FROM STAGE TO SCREEN

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The

Music Box has partnered with a number of renowned theaters, including

the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of London, and The

Globe, to bring some of the best world theatre to Chicago.

THE BEAUX STRATAGEM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT 7PM

Simon Godwin (MAN AND SUPPERMAN) directs

George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash. The

‘Beaux’: Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer, two charming,

dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes

in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee

to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for

money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and

servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human

obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid

on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent

priest. But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda

and Mrs. Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

SKYLIGHT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT 6:30PM

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly

anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight,

directed by Stephen Daldry (THE AUDIENCE). On a

bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra

Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former

lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic

restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the

evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle

their once passionate relationship only to find

themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing

ideologies and mutual desires.

HAMLET

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AT 1:30PM AND

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7PM

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch

(BBC’s SHERLOCK, THE IMITATION GAME) takes

on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy,

directed by Lyndsey Turner.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears

itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but

paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against

the impossibility of his predicament, threatening

both his sanity and the security of the state.

NOW AVAILABLE

VOD

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www.doppelganger releasing.com doppelgangerreleasing @musicboxfilms musicboxfilms

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FIELD TRIPS

CINEMA SCIENCE WITH

THE FIELD MUSEUM

October 28 at 7pm: WALL-E

Presented with Abigail Derby Lewis

November 15 at Noon:

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

Presented with Paul Meyer

Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special series of film screenings

dedicated to diving into the science behind some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters. For

each of these screenings The Field Museum will bring science professionals and lecturers to

the Music Box Theatre to introduce the films and provide a forum for discussion following

the film. So grab your backpack and your notebook for this amazing series that partners two

great Chicago Institutions!

WALL-E

(Andrew Stanton, 2008, 98m)

WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is

the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the

planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years,

WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than

a little lonely. Then he spots EVE, a sleek and adventurous

probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten

WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he

follows EVE across the galaxy.

Abigail Derby Lewis , Conservation Ecologist, began her professional career as a biological

anthropologist studying primate behavior and comparative ecology. This path allowed her to live and

work in some of the most biodiverse and threatened regions in the world. The transition to working

on climate change impacts to biodiversity in the Chicago Wilderness region was a natural progression

that grew from her graduate work on human-wildlife interactions. A main goal of her current work is

to help build positive relationships between people and the environment as sustainable partnerships

that communities are empowered to create and continue.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

(Jack Arnold, 1954, 80m)

Remnants of a mysterious animal have come to light in a remote

jungle, and a group of scientists intends to determine if the find is

an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish

their goal, the scientists must brave the most perilous pieces

of land South America has to offer. But the terrain is nothing

compared to the danger posed by an otherworldly being that

endangers their work and their lives.

Scientist Paul Mayer, Collections Manager III at the Field

Museum, is responsible for the 2 million specimen fossil

invertebrate collection. His area of specialty is Devonian brachiopods. Recently Mayer has given

presentations about the collection at the annual SPNCH meeting in Ottawa, Canada and at the annual

GSA meeting in Denver, Colorado.

October 23 – November 1, 2015

When Marnie Was There

Violet

.org

Jean-Michel

the Woodland

Caribou

Special screenings

at the Music Box

October 31 and November 1

Your Passport to

somewhere Wonderful.

Chicago’s showcase for the best new and

award winning movies from around the world

for kids.

For schedule and tickets visit Facets.org

Amicus

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OCTOBER 14 AT 7:30PM

DIRECTOR

AGNÈS VARDA

IN PERSON!

OCTOBER 20

NAOMI

KLEIN

IN PERSON!

CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7, WITH AGNÈS VARDA

Part of CinéVardaExpo in Chicago. Renowned French film director and visual artist Agnès Varda will

spend Oct 8–15 in residence at the University of Chicago as part of a major weeklong celebration of her

work. For more information and a full list of events, visit varda.uchicago.edu.

A spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, Agnès Varda’s CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 eloquently captures

Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of

a biopsy.

Dir. Agnès Varda, 1962, 90 mins, French with English subtitles

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING W/ NAOMI KLEIN

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents

seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the

Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the

economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and

exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic

system into something radically better.

OCTOBER 17 AND 18

OCTOBER 21 AT 7:30PM

OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO

Presented by The Chicago Architecture Foundation

Have you ever walked by a building and thought, I wish I could see what’s inside?

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival.

For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From

mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-thescenes

look at many of the city’s great places and spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public. The Music

Box Theatre is proud to be included in this year’s festival.

TAVI GEVINSON - ROOKIE YEARBOOK FOUR

Presented by The Book Cellar

A book signing will follow the program.

Tavi Gevinson visits the Music Box to present the FINAL Rookie Yearbook! Rookie

Yearbook Four exclusives include a teen bedroom diorama and motivational posters

written by Willow Smith, an adolescence survival guide by Rashida Jones; an illustrated peek

into the closet of Charli XCX, and more!

Tavi Gevinson is the editor-in-chief and founder of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls, which

she launched at 15. Six days after its debut, Rookie had received more than one million pageviews. Tavi

has spoken at TEDxTeen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House, and the New Yorker

Festival. Tavi recently starred in the Tony-nominated This Is Our Youth on Broadway.

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OCTOBER 23 AT 7:30PM

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE LIVE TOUR

Presented by The Book Cellar

The Music Box hosts Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, co-creators of the hit podcast

Welcome To Night Vale, in discussion of their debut novel. Featuring a Q&A and book

signing.

A mysterious stranger, an estranged father, and, most likely–imminent danger. The fictitious town of Night

Vale sets small town drama and paranormal activities against the backdrop of the American southwest.

“Welcome to Night Vale”–part podcast, part community radio show–shares the happenings of this town

with listeners. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the show, have turned the town’s stories into

a novel (called “hypnotic and darkly funny” by The Guardian). From the mundane to the supernatural, they’ll

share stories from their new work and give insight into what makes Night Vale so mysterious.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

HALLOWEEN EDITION

THURSDAY OCTOBER 29- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Halloween returns THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW to the Music Box Theatre . As archetypal

pair of squares Brad and Janet approach the castle of the fabulous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and meet his

minions—including decrepit butler Riff Raff; patched-together golden boy Rocky; and, played by Meat

Loaf, rock-and-roller Eddie—a shadow cast of actors clothed in lingerie gyrate in front of the screen. In

the audience, a decades-long tradition of crowd participation carries on as guests are encouraged to

participate in a group “Time Warp” dance, shine flashlights during the song “Over at the Frankenstein

Place,” follow the exploits of Brad and Janet (Damn-it) with the help of a friendly Shadowcast of players

from Midnight Madness (www.midnightmadness.org) .

Thursday, October 29

10 PM

Friday, October 30

MIDNIGHT

Saturday, October 31

MIDNIGHT

OCTOBER 26, NOVEMBER 2 AND 8

NOVEMBER 8 AT 7:30PM

ANNIVERSARY RESTORATIONS AT THE MUSIC BOX

MY FAIR LADY 50th Anniversary – Oct 26 at 7pm

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, this OSCAR-winning musical has been restored frame-by-frame from the

original 65mm negative and scanned utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

OKLAHOMA! 60th Anniversary – Nov 2 at 7pm

This 60th Anniversary event is an outstanding opportunity to revisit OKLAHOMA! on the only screen big

enough to capture the fun, music and romance!

FANTASIA 75th Anniversary – Nov 8 at 2pm

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, this OSCAR-winning musical has been restored frame-by-frame from the

original 65mm negative and scanned utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

AN EVENING WITH DAVID MITCHELL AND LANA WACHOWSKI

Presented by Unabridged Bookstore

Unabridged Bookstore and the Music Box Theatre present an evening with David Mitchell,

bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas, and Lana Wachowski, director

and writer of THE MATRIX TRILOGY, V FOR VENDETTA, CLOUD ATLAS and SENSE8

in celebration of David Mitchell’s new novel Slade House. David Mitchell and Lana

Wachowski will be in conversation about Slade House, David’s previous works, literature and art.

A book signing will follow the program. Ticket packages include a copy of Slade House.

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NOVEMBER 11

THE 2015 2014 MUSIC BOX

CHRISTMAS SHOW

Friday, Friday, December December 12th 11 – Christmas - Christmas Eve! Eve!

SOUND OPINIONS AT THE MOVIES

PRESENTS NASHVILLE

The latest installment in the Sound Opinions at the Movies series is Robert Altman’s

1975 masterpiece NASHVILLE. The film intricately weaves together the stories of

several dozen characters over the course of five days as Music City prepares to host a

presidential campaign rally. The result is simultaneously a pointed commentary on the

music industry, a satire of American politics in the wake of Watergate, and a countryand-western

musical. As critic Pauline Kael famously raved, “NASHVILLE is the funniest epic vision of

America ever to reach the screen.”

Rock critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ, will be on hand to

introduce the film. Advance tickets are available at soundopinions.org.

DABLON

Winery & Vineyards

If you have enjoyed Dablon, Moraine Vineyards or Music

Box wine at the Music Box Theatre, we invite you to come

experience where the grapes are grown and the wine is made

in our SW Michigan winery and tasting room set in the rolling

hills of Baroda, Michigan, located just an hour and a half from

Music Box Theatre!

Dablon Vineyards

111 W. Shawnee Rd. 269-422-2846

Baroda, MI 49101

www.dablon.com

Tickets go go on on sale October November 31st, 2, 2015! 2014!

Visit www.musicboxtheatre.com for for the the full

full schedule starting October 1st and 1 and begin

planning for for your your holiday holiday get together. together. Group

packages available.

Group packages available.

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MIDNIGHTS

September

25-26

October 2-3

October

9-10

Point Break

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Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves

(Kathryn Bigelow, 1991, 122m, 35mm)

Double Team

Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme,

Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke

(Hank Tsui , 1997, 93m, 35mm)

Carrie

INTERACTIVE EVENT ON

OCTOBER 10 IN THE MUSIC

BOX THEATRE LOUNGE!

Starring Sissy Spacek, John Travolta

(Brian De Palma,1976, 98m, 35mm)

October 16-17

October 30-31

ADDED 10PM SHOW

OCTOBER 29

November 6-7

POINT BREAK

Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves

(Kathryn Bigelow, 1991, 122m, 35mm)

Deathgasm

(James Lei Howden, 2015, 90m)

Rocky Horror Picture

Show

(Jim Sharman , 1975, 100m, 35mm)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill!

Kill!

(Russ Meyer, 1965, 83m, 35mm)

A nearly flawless marriage of the genre clichés of the classic ‘80s-model

cop action picture with the elevated physicality of the ‘90s action films

to come. After a string of bizarre bank robberies in Southern California,

with the crooks donning masks of various former presidents, a federal

agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), infiltrates the suspected gang. But this

is no ordinary group of robbers. They’re surfers -- led by the charismatic

Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) -- who are addicted to the rush of thievery. But

when Utah falls in love with a female surfer, Tyler (Lori Petty), who is

close to the gang, it complicates his sense of duty.

DEATHGASM

(James Lei Howden, 2015, 90m)

High School is Hell! Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks

and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk.

After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban

wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant

Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient

evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart

existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic

forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers… and

this is only the beginning! It’s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to

stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.

FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!

(Russ Meyer, 1965, 83m, 35mm)

Russ Meyer’s cult favorite follows sadistic go-go dancers Varla (Tura

Satana), Rosie (Haji) and Billie (Lori Williams) as they break free from

the nightclub where they perform and race out to the desert to stir

up a little mayhem. After karate expert Varla kills an innocent man,

the voluptuous trio takes his girlfriend (Susan Bernard) hostage as they

attempt to wheedle a hidden fortune from a misogynistic old man (Paul

Trinka) and his muscle-bound, brain-damaged son (Dennis Busch).

Producing the Future

Their sTories are our sTory. We produce more Than movies. We produce filmmakers.

colum.edu/cinema

Collin SChiffli (BA ’09)

Director: AnimAls

Debut feature; winner 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Prize;

winner 2014 Chicago Film Critics Association

Audience Award

Director: Ghostophobia

Second feature (in development)

RoBeRt-CARniliuS (MfA ’15)

Director & Writer: JAspA Jenkins

2014 Student Academy Award finalist (winner

Midwest regional award)

Director & Writer: Pulse

Thesis short film (in production)

Director & Writer: McTucky Fried High

Comedic animated web series (in production)

RheA BozzACChi (BA ’12)

Director & Writer: vCArd

Debut feature (in production); initially developed

in Columbia College’s Semester in LA program at

Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

Writer: Cheat, Cheat, Bang, Bang: short film for

Fulton Market Films

Intern: Fulton Market Films, Chicago; Hutch

Parker Entertainment, LA; FilmEngine, LA

GARy MiChAel SChultz (BA ’01)

Director & Writer: VinCent-n-roxxy

Unified Pictures production starring Anton Yelchin

and Megalyn Echikunwoke (in production)

Director & Writer: Devil in My Ride (2013)

Multiple award-winner now in wide Video On

Demand release

Co-Producer: Rudderless (2014)

William H. Macy’s feature directing debut starring Billy

Cruddup; premiered at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Cinema Art + Science

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