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<cite>The Devil is a Woman</cite>

The Devil is a Woman

directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich

Dietrich and von Sternberg headed to Spain for their final collaboration, in which she plays Concha Perez, a beautiful seductress whose fickle ways drive rival suitors to extremes. Sternberg’s coldly formalist approach lends the melodramatic proceedings a cruel, ironic edge as passions and tempers boil over in an abstract world of glittering surfaces.

<cite>Diplomacy</cite>

Diplomacy

directed by Volker Schlöndorff starring André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaußner

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’.

“Passionate, engaging and emotional... A fine return to form for the veteran German helmer (The Tin Drum)... An elegant orchestrated pas de deux between formidable opponents.” —Variety

<cite>Force Majeure</cite>

Force Majeure

directed by Ruben Östlund in English starring Brady Corbet, Jakob Granqvist, Kristofer Hivju

Official submission of Sweden to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015.

“An ice-cold knockout. Brilliantly perceptive and frostily funny.” —Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

<cite>Seduced and Abandoned (Sedotta e abbandonata)</cite>

Seduced and Abandoned (Sedotta e abbandonata)

directed by Pietro Germi in Italian

A fall-down funny farce about the essential inconsistency in a social order that encourages young men to chase young girls, but also expects young girls to remain virgins until marriage. “Pietro Germi’s maliciously funny examination of the marriage rites of Sicily, done up in a crowded, cartoonish style that suggests the work of Preston Sturges. The wit may be closer to Evelyn Waugh—the jokes are cruel and corrosive, and why not when the subject is sexual hypocrisy? Stefania Sandrelli, as the girl in desperate need of a husband, maintains a beatific calm in the midst of the manic goings-on.” —Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

<cite>The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)</cite>

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)

directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto in Italian

A brave and intelligent dark comedy with a powerful message from Pierfrancesco Diliberto (a renowned TV host and political comedian, better known as Pif). His subversive, irreverent feature debut centers on Arturo, a young boy whose obsession with the Mafia’s casual presence in Palermo surpasses even his passion for Flora, the beautiful schoolmate who remains his main love interest until adulthood. Pif uses Arturo’s unrequited love story as the vehicle to humorously and heart-rendingly narrate the most tragic events in Italy’s recent history.

<cite>Escort in Love (Nessuno mi può giudicare)</cite>

Escort in Love (Nessuno mi può giudicare)

directed by Massimiliano Bruno in Italian

“A spoiled rich bitch left in straitened circumstances by her husband’s death turns to the world’s oldest profession to earn some necessary dough in this cheerfully non-PC sex comedy. Witty dialogue, funny sight-gags and savvy comic thesping lift Italian helmer Massimiliano Bruno’s feature debut above run-of-the-mill mainstream laffers, while the amiable eccentrics surrounding the imperious protagonist call to mind the great ensemble comedies of Mario Monicelli and Dino Risi.” —Variety

<cite>A Small Southern Enterprise (Una piccolo impresa meridionale)</cite>

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Next screening, 9:00pm

A Small Southern Enterprise (Una piccolo impresa meridionale)

directed by Rocco Papaleo in Italian

A former priest is persuaded by his conservative mother, Stella, to move into an abandoned lighthouse belonging to their family. Stella already has a scandal to face: her daughter Rosa Maria left her husband and ran off with a mysterious lover. But with Father Costantino in residence, the old lighthouse suddenly turns into a magnet for the outcast and abandoned. His hospitality soon extends to Magnolia (Barbora Bobulova), a retired call girl; Arturo, Rosa Maria’s estranged husband; lesbian cleaning lady Valbona, Rosa Maria herself; and, to top it off, two eccentric roofer/circus workers accompanied by a little girl.

<cite>I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio)</cite>

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Next screening, Mon 24 Nov, 5:15pm

I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio)

directed by Sydney Sibilia in Italian

Italy’s biggest comedy hit of 2014 follows a bunch of academics that do a Breaking Bad and enter the drug trade. When Pietro loses his university job, he decides to start his own business. He recruits a gang of under-employed professors to make and market narcotics out of not-yet-banned substances. But their naivety is soon exposed as they fall foul of those on both sides of the law. A comedy of misadventure with a smart, topical edge.

<cite>The Referee (L’Arbitro)</cite>

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Next screening, Mon 24 Nov, 7:30pm

The Referee (L’Arbitro)

directed by Paolo Zucca in Italian

This gorgeous black and white comic drama nods at everyone from Sergio Leone to Busby Berkeley, incorporating religious imagery, surprising visual flourishes and a couple of verbal exchanges that trigger memories of Abbott and Costello. The story deals with soccer, fanaticism, ambition, ethics and more. Atletico Pabarile is the worst team in the Sardinian third league. The townspeople particularly hate getting whipped by Montecrastu, which is led by Brai, an arrogant landowner. But when natural athlete Matzutzi turns up on the Atletico side, he may prove to be their salvation.

<cite>The Easy Life (Il Sorpasso)</cite>

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Next screening, Tue 25 Nov, 5:15pm

The Easy Life (Il Sorpasso)

directed by Dino Risi in Italian

The ultimate Italian road comedy and a holy grail of commedia all’italiana, The Easy Life stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, free-wheeling bachelor and the bookish law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to rural Southern Italy. An unpredictable journey that careers from slapstick to tragedy, this film, directed by Dino Risi, is a wildly entertaining commentary on the pleasures and consequences of the good life.

<cite>Viva la libertà</cite>

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Next screening, Tue 25 Nov, 7:30pm

Viva la libertà

directed by Roberto Andò in Italian

“The leader of Italy’s opposition party drops out of sight and is replaced by his bipolar identical twin, fresh from the madhouse, in Roberto Ando’s timely political dramedy. Anchored by Toni Servillo’s usual consummate performance(s), this winking critique of Italian politics offers several pleasurable digs at the establishment…The mercurial brother relishes his new position, electrifying constituents and members of his own party by cutting through political dealmaking and promising an alliance with the people. [It] captures the Italian center-left’s complete failure at marketing, showing up the absurdity of an unbalanced man achieving what no politico can do: successfully package their message. —Variety

<cite>Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana)</cite>

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Next screening, Thu 27 Nov, 5:30pm

Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana)

directed by Pietro Germi in Italian

“Slicing through Sicilian culture like a razor through carpaccio, Pietro Germi’s commedia dell’arte leaves no stereotype unturned: Mafioso bigwigs, horny old patriarchs and hot-under-the-collar yokels all get a trip to the chopping block. The sharpest digs, however, are reserved for Ferdinando (Marcello Mastroianni), Our hen-pecked hero pines for his cousin (Stefania Sandrelli), a Lolita-esque bombshell with a penchant for clingy nightgowns. The attraction is mutual, but Ferdinando can’t act while his spouse is still in the picture. Of course, this is vendetta country. If he were cuckolded and had to put a bullet through his better half’s skull…” —Time Out

Sunday, November 23rd

11:30am
The Devil is a Woman
11:30am
Diplomacy
2:00pm
Force Majeure
2:15pm
Seduced and Abandoned (Sedotta e abbandonata)
4:30pm
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)
4:30pm
Force Majeure
7:00pm
Escort in Love (Nessuno mi può giudicare)
7:00pm
Force Majeure
9:00pm

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A Small Southern Enterprise (Una piccolo impresa meridionale)
9:30pm

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Force Majeure

Wednesday, November 26th

4:30pm

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Force Majeure
5:20pm

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Seduced and Abandoned (Sedotta e abbandonata)
7:00pm

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Force Majeure
7:40pm

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A Small Southern Enterprise (Una piccolo impresa meridionale)
9:30pm

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Force Majeure
9:45pm

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Diplomacy

Thursday, November 27th

5:00pm

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Force Majeure
5:30pm

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Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana)
7:30pm

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Force Majeure
7:45pm

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The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)

Special Announcements

Christmas Show 2014 Tickets on sale now!

Get your tickets while you can! Most shows sell out!

Now you can buy your tickets online!

The Music Box Theatre has developed a new ticketing solution and now tickets can be purchased for most screenings online! As always, you can visit our Showtimes page (by clicking above) and see any upcoming screenings we have scheduled. Generally, the full showtime schedule is published on Wednesdays for the following Friday through Thursday. A partial schedule may be available further in advance for special events.

Meals & Deals

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

Bring in your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for a free appetizer for your table!

Deleece Restaurant

3747 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 325-1710

Enjoy our mouthwatering new menu in our beautiful new surroundings. We look forward to seeing you at our new location just a few doors north of the Music Box Theatre.

Show your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for 10% off your meal!

Candyality

3425 N. Southport Avenue (773) 472-7800

Candyality carries thousands of bulk items and sweet treats including gummies, sours, taffy, and more. Need M&Ms in 21 colors? We have that! How about your favorite flavor of Jelly Bellys? We carry over 30 flavors! Licorice? We’ve created Chicago’s first licorice bar offering a selection from many corners of the world.

10% off with this coupon and your purchase of $5 or more

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!

Fandor

Fandor is where the film community comes together, where filmmakers and enthusiasts are advancing film culture, and where audiences are connecting with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially curated to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half its revenue to them. For more information, visit www.Fandor.com.

Get 40% off your Fandor Membership!

Toons

Bring in your Music Box ticket after the show for 20% off your bill of $20 or more

Cullen’s Bar and Grill

3741 N. Southport Ave (773) 975-0600

Located on Southport just north of the Music Box Theater, we’ve been a part of Wrigleyville for over 15 years. Stop in for a pint and meet our friendly staff, check out our daily specials and enjoy our great food. There’s always something fun happening at Cullen’s and we look forward to serving you soon!

After your film present your ticket stub and receive a 15% discount off of your check! (After screening only)

More Partners

LM Restaurant Group

703 309 1856

Founded in 2009 by Nicole and Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, LM Restaurant Group is the unifying force behind Bistronomic, Brasserie by LM, Cafe Creme, Troquet River North and LM Catering. What started as a single concept, named after the couple’s two children, Luc and Mary, LM Restaurant Group is now synonymous with authentic French cuisine in Chicago. Each unique concept aims to provide a true French dining experience while showcasing a range of French fare in an approachable way. Additionally, all restaurants offer an array of private dining options guaranteed to make any gathering a success.

Chicago Reader Real Deal

Since 1971, the Reader has served as Chicago’s political conscience, cultural guide, and music authority. We have thousands of reviews in our film archives; you can check them out and see what’s streaming on Hulu & Netflix with our Old Movies to Watch Now feature.

Broughton Hotels

Broughton Hotels manages 3 hotels in Chicago: City Suites Hotel, Majestic Hotel, and The Willows Hotel.

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

A simple Argentine storefront tucked away at the north end of the hot Southport strip.

Music Box Films

A highly acclaimed distributor of foreign and independent film in theatrical, DVD and television markets in the United States.

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

Affordable, college-level training with accomplished industry and independent filmmakers.

Mosaic School

Chicago Mosaic School gives artists, teachers, and enthusiasts a place to explore all facets of mosaics- from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction.

CustomEyes

773.871.2020 

Custom Eyes has been serving the north side of Chicago since we opened on Southport in 2003. Our goal has always been to provide the highest level of service from the moment you walk through the door.

Duran

Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

I have passion for, dedication to and expertise in Chicago and all that is real estate.

Caged Dames

CAGED DAMES! A new Musical from Hell in a Handbag Productions by David Cerda at Theatre Wit

Grayslake Antique Market

Zurko Promotions is committed to providing quality markets and shows for its customers and dealers throughout the Midwest.

Basecamp

Primarily through word-of-mouth alone, Basecamp has become the world’s #1 project management tool.

The Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theater Chicago, your neighborhood playhouse, is now playing the Tony Award winning AVENUE Q, a gut-bustlingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.

Lagunitas Beer

Lagunitas is coming to Chicago! Well, they are already here…. but soon their new brewery, taproom, and restaurant will be open in Pilsen. Until then, grab a beer on your way into a screening at the Music Box Theatre (assuming you are 21 and responsible enough to handle yourself during a screening)

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education.

Go Lakeview

The GoLakeview Mobile App is designed to actively promote local business and community events through an easy to navigate, feature rich App. The useful tool for travelers & local residents is available for download on Apple iTunes & Android Market. The App is brought to you by the Lakeview & Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State Street 312.846.2800

For almost 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema.

Graham School

The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies serves as a bridge to a broad local, national, and international community of adult learners who wish to study at one of the best universities in the world.

The Second City Training Center

1608 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60657 312-664-3959. 

Chicago is the world capital of improvisation (improv) and sketch comedy, and The Second City is in the heart of it. For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. We offer a variety of classes in the performance arts for students at any level of experience.

Flaco’s Tacos

Flaco’s Tacos… Fresh. Simple. Super-Tasty.

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre Productions is firmly committed to providing the Chicago non-profit performing arts community a welcoming shared space to incubate new projects and collaborations by providing high quality and below cost performance, rehearsal, office and reception space supported by a staff of theatre professionals.

Special Events

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 2014

Tickets

Fri 28 Nov – Sun 7 Dec

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 2014

This Thanksgiving, give thanks for some of your “favorite things!”

NT Live 2014

Tickets

Tue 30 Sep – Wed 31 Dec

NT Live 2014

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with By Experience and the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago.

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

Tickets

Wed 10 Sep – Thu 1 Jan

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Scrooge and Marley

Tickets

Sat 6 Dec

Scrooge and Marley

directed by Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville starring David Pevsner, Tim Kazurinsky, Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanagh, Richard Ganoung, David Moretti, Ronnie Kroell, JoJo Baby, Becca Kaufman, and Narrated by Judith Light

Join us for this holiday movie with cast and crew in attendance!

2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show
Fri 12  – Thu 25 Dec

2014 Annual Music Box Christmas Show

One of the most popular and beloved Christmas traditions in Chicago is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. Come celebrate the holidays with the Music Box!

Blog

Christmas Show schedule 2014!

by Dave Jennings, Mon 27 Oct 2014, 12:16pm

Ticket information is now available for the 2014 Christmas Double Feature! Tickets go on sale on October 31st!

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Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 2014

Tickets

Fri 28 Nov – Sun 7 Dec

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! 2014

This Thanksgiving, give thanks for some of your “favorite things!”

NT Live 2014

Tickets

Tue 30 Sep – Wed 31 Dec

NT Live 2014

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with By Experience and the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago.

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

Tickets

Wed 10 Sep – Thu 1 Jan

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

 

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