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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we open Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay. What happens when documentary filmmakers take as their subject one of the world’s greatest living magicians? More than a decade in the making, this film takes a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees.

On Saturday, it’s the latest installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema, our monthly silent film series. This month, we present Gloria Swanson in Beyond The Rocks. Long considered one of the great “lost” films from the Hollywood golden age, the film has been restored and ready to present on the big screen! As always, the film will feature live music accompaniment by Dennis Scott on the Music Box organ. Purchase tickets now.

Friday night, we’re proud to host DePaul University Premiere VIII Film Festival 2013. DePaul’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media presents an evening of the school’s best student films followed by a short awards ceremony. Swing by and see some films! Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 6:30pm. This is a free event.

We also have another week of We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, a Sunday matinee of the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers classic Top Hat, and midnight screenings of El Topo.

See you at the movies

Thursday, June 6th – Wednesday, June 12th, 2013


Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

A film by Molly Bernstein starring Ricky Jay


Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who were its perpetual devotees.

“Well structured and dynamically edited ... This thoroughly engrossing, highly entertaining doc should delight fans and newcomers alike.”
–Ronnie Scheib, Variety

What happens when documentary filmmakers—whose mission is to probe, explore, and reveal—take as their subject one of the world’s greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration and revelation? More than a decade in the making, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is the captivating result of this curious conundrum: a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who were its perpetual devotees.

At its center is the multitalented Ricky Jay, a best-selling author and historian, an acclaimed actor, a leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts, but above all a conjurer capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief in even the most jaded of audiences. In his extraordinary—and extraordinarily popular—one-man shows Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants and Ricky Jay: On the Stem, he proved himself to be the contemporary embodiment of an elite lineage, offering audiences not only exhilarating entertainment, but also a rare glimpse of a secret, lost world.

Told largely in Ricky’s own inimitable voice, Deceptive Practice traces the story of his achievement, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age 4, with his grandfather Max Katz, an accomplished amateur magician, as well as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century. Above all it celebrates the remarkable lives of Ricky’s two primary mentors of his young adulthood, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Of the latter, Ricky recalls: “For Charlie a good evening could be asking you to do the same shuffle 16,000 times … It was just endless the variations and the craziness, but it was often as close to pure joy as anything I can imagine.”

The film weaves together stunning performance footage from his one-man shows and classic TV appearances, and also includes friends and collaborators such as Steve Martin (who joins him in a hilarious turn on a ’70s vintage Dinah Shore TV show) and David Mamet, who says of Ricky: “He’s devoted to that theater that he alone sees. He has the ideal of magic in his mind to which he’s devoted his life: to teaching it, to performing it, to perfecting it, to researching it.”

By the end of the film, viewers not only have a deep appreciation for the arduous and arcane demands of the magician’s craft, but also for the use of language and storytelling central to the art. And of where this ancient tradition is headed, that shall remain a mystery.


Fri, Jun 7 3:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Jun 8 11:30am · 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Jun 9 11:30am · 3:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Jun 10 5:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Jun 11 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Jun 12 5:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Jun 13 5:00pm · 7:15pm · 9:45pm

Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents: Beyond the Rocks

Purchase advance tickets online

See this great silent film the way it was meant to be seen! With live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott.

Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and recently hailed by the Chicago Reader‘s J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinee series in the city, the Music Box Silent Cinema Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month at noon.

All films are shown “authentically” in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box Theatre organ.

Beyond the Rocks

A film by Sam Wood starring Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino


This silent romance starring film legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino was long considered one of the great “lost” films from the Hollywood golden age; only a one-minute fragment was known to exist.

Lost for over eighty years, film cataloguers at the Nederlands Filmmuseum were amazed to find the first two nitrate reels of Beyond the Rocks when inventorying a vast collection of nitrate bequeathed to them by a film collector. The Filmmuseum staff then searched for many tense months until they found and identified all the missing reels of the film.

Lovingly restored, see this stunning tale of romance once again!


Sat, Jun 8 12:00pm

DePaul University Premiere Film Festival


DePaul University’s Premiere Film Festival is an end of the year celebration and awards show honoring the best live action and animated short films.

Each year, DePaul University’s Cinema, Screenwriting, and Animation programs join together for an end of the year event that includes screenings of some of the year’s best work, awards to honor achievements in over twenty categories, and a chance to celebrate all the amazing art that has been created by the students in the preceding academic year.


Fri, Jun 7 6:30pm
Fri, Jun 6 6:30pm

Top Hat

A film by Mark Sandrich starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers


Fred Astaire comes to London to star in a show produced by the bumbling Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). While practicing a tap routine in his hotel room, he awakens Ginger Rogers on the floor below. She storms upstairs to complain, whereupon Astaire falls hopelessly in love with her and proceeds to pursue her all over London. Featuring music by both Irving Berlin and Max Steiner.


Sun, Jun 9 11:30am

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

A film by Alex Gibney starring Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo


In seeking to expose abuse in the corridors of power, Assange and Manning were undermined by forces within and without, as well as by their own human failings. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.

“The movie is beautiful and profound, an incredible story that’s about many things all at once, including the incredible Shakespearean narrative that is the life of Julian Assange, a free-information radical who has become an uncompromising guarder of secrets.”
–Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Hailed by some as a free-speech hero and by others as a traitor and terrorist, the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall are paralleled with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from classified U.S. military and diplomatic servers, revealing the behind-the-scenes workings of the government’s international diplomacy and military strategy.


Thu, Jun 6 4:20pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm
Fri, Jun 7 4:20pm · 9:35pm
Sat, Jun 8 1:45pm · 4:20pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm
Sun, Jun 9 1:45pm · 4:20pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm
Mon, Jun 10 4:20pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm
Tue, Jun 11 4:20pm · 9:35pm
Wed, Jun 12 4:20pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm
Thu, Jun 13 4:20pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm

Press Pass: Caddyshack with Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom

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Caddyshack with Michael Phillips and Steve Rosenbloom!

Don’t miss seeing Harold Ramis’s 1980 golf romp Caddyshack on the big screen. This is the latest in Trib Nation’s series of screenings of classic sports movies and will be followed by a panel discussion including Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom and special guests.

The Press Pass series is presented by Nielsen.


A film by Harold Ramis starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray


An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Greenskeeper Carl Spackler is about to start WWIII – against a gopher. Pompous Judge Smails plays to win but his nubile niece Lacey Underall wants to score her own way. Playboy Ty Webb shoots perfect golf by becoming the ball. And country club loudmouth Al Czervik just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack.

Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Ted Knight tee off for a side-splitting round of fairway foolishness. With Harold Ramis directing, the comic skills of all four blend in a riotous hole-in-one for comedy fans.


Tue, Jun 11 7:00pm

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