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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year, Music Boxers,

In The Great Beauty, journalist Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. In a 5 star review, the New York Times calls it “An outlandishly entertaining hallucination”.

A tense and gripping thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two brothers who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Screening all week, the Saturday 7:20pm screening will be followed by a special panel discussion. Purchase advance tickets now.

A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films Program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary, and animation.

We also have weekend matinees of the fun-filled adventure The Muppets Take Manhattan, and midnight screenings of Mel Brooks’ raucous Western comedy Blazing Saddles and Abel Ferrara’s revenge thriller Ms. 45.

See you at the movies

Thursday, January 2nd – Wednesday, January 8th, 2014


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The Great Beauty

A film by Paolo Sorrentino starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli

 


“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination.”
New York Times

“A masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity.”
–Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

Rome, Italy, lush, timeless, opulent, and home to journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo of Il divo and Gomorrah). Since the early success of his one and only novel decades ago, Jep has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles and has thoroughly enjoyed every pleasure Rome has to offer.

But as his sixty-fifth birthday comes and goes, Jep finds himself beginning to take stock of his life; looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to see himself and Rome in a new light. Called “A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era,” The Great Beauty is a sensuous epic, a breathtaking feast for the senses and a compelling introspective journey into the life and mind of a man and the eternal city.

 
 
 

Aftermath with Q&A!

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A panel discussion will follow this screening as part of a special opening weekend event

Join us for a special screening of the new film Aftermath, followed by a panel discussion with Father John Pawlikowski, Professor Stauter-Halsted, and Robert Rusiecki, Consul at Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.

A leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue, Father John Pawlikowski was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ’s board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the pincipal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy. For more information, visit www.ctu.edu/academics/john-t-pawlikowski-osm

Professor Stauter-Halsted is a specialist in the history of modern Eastern Europe, Poland, Jewish history, gender history, and the Holocaust. Much of her publications examine non-elite social classes and excluded population groups in Polish society. Her work has also explored Polish-Jewish relations and the history and culture of Jewish communities in Poland. Among her publications is The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Rural National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1900 (Cornell University Press, 2001), which won the Polish Studies Association’s Orbis Prize for outstanding book on Polish affairs in 2002. For more information, visit history.las.uic.edu/history/people/faculty/keely-stauter-halsted

Aftermath

A film by Wladyslaw Pasikowski starring Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop

 


“AFTERMATH succeeds in bringing the past into the present. Predicated on the unraveling of the social fabric, AFTERMATH is a thriller that’s meant to stun.”
–J. Hoberman, New York Times

A tense and gripping thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two brothers: Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop), who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation.

Inspired by actual events, Aftermath cause controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country’s history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.

 


Sat, Jan 4 7:20pm
 
 
 

Sundance Shorts

 

A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary, and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style.

 
 
 

Muppets Take Manhattan

 

The Muppets invite you to see the show of the century, thrill to the sweet smell of success, cry at the wedding of the year…as they take Manhattan! Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it’s a more difficult task than they anticipated. (Frank Oz, 1984, 94m)

 
 
 

Blazing Saddles

A film by Mel Brooks starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

 

The railroad’s got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townsfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you’ve got…and name a new sheriff who’ll last about 24 hours. But that’s not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks’ lunatic film gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all.

 


Tue, Apr 19 7:00pm
 
 
 

Ms. 45

A film by Abel Ferrara starring Zoë Lund

 

Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund – who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. Remastered from the original camera negative, this unrelenting masterpiece will be screened in its original, uncut depravity!

 

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