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Elaine Stritch! Coriolanus! Silent Cinema!
Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of this bold and incorrigible performer. At 87, Elaine Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act. Currently rated 100% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, the New York Post calls the film “A generous and hilarious portrait of life as an aging legend.”

Our midnights this weekend include Paul Thomas Anderson’s captivating breakthrough Boogie Nights and the exciting Evangelion 3.0.

This month’s installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema features Sadie Thompson, starring Gloria Swanson in one of her greatest performances! As always, the film will be accompanied by live music, courtesy of the Music Box organ.

This weekend also kicks off our Alfred Hitchcock matinee series, starting with the original The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Peter Lorre.

We also have daily screenings of the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, the thriller Stranger By The Lake, a pair of Saturday night screenings for the Chicago Irish Film Festival, and additional screenings of the National Theatre Live production of Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston!

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

A film by Chiemi Karasawa starring Elaine Stritch, Alec Baldwin, Rob Bowman, Tina Fey


What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends, and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.


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.


Boogie Nights

A film by Paul Thomas Anderson starring Mark Wahlberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore


Idealistic producer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) has always dreamed of elevating his films into an art form. When he discovers young actor Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), Jack begins to turn his dreams into reality. Under the stage name of Dirk Diggler, Eddie soon gives the adult entertainment world a star the likes of which it has never seen. But the rise to fame has its costs, and soon Dirk finds himself sliding down the slippery slope of sex, drugs and violence. The only question: can he get himself back together before it’s too late?



A film by Josie Rourke starring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss


When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.


Sun, Mar 9 11:30am

The Irish Pub


THE IRISH PUB is a eulogy to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publican’s who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.

“The Irish Pub is delightful throughout and makes an implicit (but forceful) argument for the magnificence if the traditional Irish pub”

In THE IRISH PUB, we meander across Ireland from Connemara to Carlow, from Monaghan to West Cork, from Louth to Limerick, from conversation to captivating conversation. THE IRISH PUB is also a look at Ireland and who we are as a people. The history of Ireland, characters, song, music, anecdotes, politics, sport, religion, famine and the Irish sense of humor are all reflected upon. These pubs reach out not just to every Irish person today but to the Irish 50 years ago, 100 years ago and even as far back as 500 years ago and to the Diaspora abroad. The names over their doors are iconic. The stuff hanging on their walls is historic. However, the stories these pub owners tell are priceless.


SHORTS PROGRAM III : Irish Stew / Cinema Style


Two lottery tickets, one missing scarf, a treasured Volkswagen, some dysfunctional parenting, a religious identity crisis, a toast to the past and a quick lesson in Irish slang all come together for an evening of laughs, tears, gasps and memories. The program is filled with works by some of Ireland’s most talented and award winning filmmakers.

LÁ BRÉA CHUIGE : A Fine Day For It
22 mins
Eamon is a jazz loving pensioner who fills his days attending funerals. One day he encounters a long forgotten friend and his world is turned upside down, but fate has different plan for Eamon and an unwitting kindness takes a tragic turn.

Director: Louise Ni Fhinnachta
Producer: Louise Ni Fhinnachta
Script: Deborah Grimes

16 mins
Doug is having a very bad day. Terminally broke and facing eviction, he’s charged by his estranged partner Julie with the task of looking after his son Billy for the day, while simultaneously having to get rid of the family dog – Billy’s best and only friend. Welcome to the Doghouse.

Director: Morgan Bushe
Producer: Rory Dungan
Script: Morgan Bushe


7 mins
Albert is desperately in search of his favorite scarf which has vanished in the forest, but his problems are soon put into perspective. Narrated by George Takei.

Director: Eoin Duffy
Producer: Jamie Hogan
Script: Eoin Duffy

3 mins
Across the glen good friends walk arm and arm to confront one man’s fate….for better or for worse.

Director: Laurence Dunmore
Producer: RSA Films
Script: Paul Opperman
Music: Jack Livesey, Eamon O’Leary

7 mins
Eoin works the night shift in a quiet petrol station. His main source of distraction night after night is regular customer Ger who believes he has a system for picking winning scratch cards. Things take an unexpected turn with the arrival of a masked armed robber.

Director: Phillip Kelly
Producers: Dave Leahy, Liam Ryan
Script: Phillip Kelly
Cast: Stephen Jones, Conor Drum, Sam Keeley,
Ian Lloyd Anderson

Joe is a dedicated, hardworking mechanic who services cars for both sides of the political divide. Unfortunately for Joe, both communities view his evenhandedness with suspicion.

Director: Brian Deane
Producer: Anna O’Malley, Kevin McCann
Script: Matthew Roche from play by Brendan McCann

3 min
‘Story Bud?’ featuring Dubliners, is a short film that celebrates how the Irish speak English

Director/Producer/Script: Jenny Keogh

13 mins
Hannah Cohen can’t wait to make her Holy Communion – only problem is, she’s Jewish! Set in Dublin in the 1970s, this film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland as seen through the eyes of a spirited seven-year-old.

Director: Shimmy Marcus
Producers: Rachel Lysaght, Shimmy Marcus
Script: Shimmy Marcus
Cast: Lucy Skye Dunne, Elaine Cassidy, Jim Sheridan


Stranger by the Lake

A film by Alain Guiraudie starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumcao


Frank spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France.

“There are very real, very potent emotions underlying every action, be it an explicit sex act, a lingering embrace, or a horrible realization that meting out death does not necessarily preclude love.”
Time Out New York

One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. Stranger by the Lake is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire.


Evangelion 3.0

A film by Hideaki Anno


Shinji Ikari just woke up fourteen years after starting the Third Impact. He hasn’t aged, but everything else has changed. The earth is in ruins. The people he once protected treat him like a prisoner and threaten to kill him if he pilots another Eva. At NERV headquarters, Shinji meets pianist Kaworu. As the boys bond, the organization’s true mission comes into focus. Lost in a labyrinth of deception, Shinji careens toward a mental breakdown that could bring about the end of humanity.


The Man Who Knew Too Much

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Leslie Banks, Peter Lorre


Hitchcock’s original rendition of the melodramatic tale of a child’s kidnap and recovery from spies trying to ensure her father’s silence! While on holiday in Switzerland, Jill Lawrence and her husband accidentally become involved in murder and intrigue, when an undercover Secret Service agent whispers the whereabouts of a vital message to Lawrence, as he lies dying from a gunshot wound. Besides affirming Hitchcock’s genius, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role as (what else!) a slithery villain.


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