Something In The Air! Mommie Dearest! Silent Cinema!
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Happy Thursday Music Boxers,
Opening this week, director Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air is a beautifully crafted and semi-autobiographical reflection on adolescent life in the early seventies in France. High school student Gilles is bursting with revolutionary spirit, but after an especially violent clash with the police, Gilles, his girlfriend Christine and a few others escape to Italy for the summer. Given 4 STARS by the Chicago Reader!
Still haven’t made plans for Mother’s Day? Don’t worry, we have you covered, with Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest! Camp Midnight presents the cult classic film, hosted by Dick O’Day and the Hell in a Handbag Players. Also, when you buy your tickets, you can also purchase an optional brunch package at Mystic Celt! Get your tickets now!
Friday at noon, Schopf & Weiss LLP presents the sixth installment of Movies on Trial, a CLE film series worth 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. We’ll be screening A Civil Action, the John Travolta-starrer about families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer. This is a free event, but you must RSVP to attend.
We also have some Shakespeare for you this weekend! There are midnight screenings of Leonardo DiCaprio & Baz Luhrmann’s first collaboration on a classic work with Romeo + Juliet, and Orson Welles’ take on the iconic role of Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight.
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A film by Olivier Assayas starring Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand
Director Olivier Assayas’ most recent film, Something in the Air, is a beautifully crafted and semi-autobiographical reflection on adolescent life in the early seventies in France.
High school student Gilles is bursting with revolutionary spirit, but after an especially violent clash with the police, Gilles, his girlfriend Christine and a few others escape to Italy for the summer.
While the setting is idyllic and peaceful, a rift begins to form amongst the friends and Gilles struggles to find a balance between his dedication to their radical beliefs and his desire to be an artist and filmmaker.
Detailed, muted and dreamy, Something in the Air is Assayas at his best.
Live pre-show featuring your host Dick O’Day, plus screening of the original 1981 film with hilarious running commentary provided by Camp Midnight and you! Interactive audience participation guide included.
Camp Midnight invites you to a special presentation of Mommie Dearest. The Joan-a-Palooza festivities start at 2:00pm with a pre-show featuring Dick O’Day and the Hell in a Handbag players. Join us for a Mother/Daughter matching outfit contest! A screening of the over-the-top 1981 camp classic immediately follows. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, and members of Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film.
Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest is being hosted by the camptacular emcee Dick O’Day (Emmy award winning “Wild Chicago” correspondent) who has driven by BOTH Faye Dunaway and Joan Crawford’s homes in California. David Cerda, founder and lead singer with The Joans, is playwright and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions (the company that the Chicago Reader says, “Represents the gold standard in camp in Chicago”). The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Cerda the “Charles Ludlam of the Midwest.”
A Mother’s Day Screening of Mommie Dearest with all the camptacular fun you can imagine. It’s like Mystery Science Theatre meets Joan Crawford and Ricky Gervais.
EXTRABONUS:The first 100 attendees in their seats will receive their own commemorative wire hanger!
OPTIONALBRUNCH!When you buy your tickets you can also purchase a brunch package at MYSTICCELT
11:30am-1:30pm Brunch at Mystic Celt (3443 N Southport Ave, just North of the Brownline stop)
1:30-2:00pm Festivities, fun and Photos in the Music Box Theatre Lobby (3733 N Southport Ave) WITHJOANANDCHRISTINIA IN PERSON!
2:00pm Preshow entertainment, trivia, and costume contest and screening of the 1981 camp classic MOMMIEDEAREST (129minutes)
BRUNCH: 11:30am-1:30pm $30 includes brunch buffet, unlimited coffee, soda, mimosas, tax and gratuity (Cash bar available for other beverages!) The Brunch Buffet includes:
• Build-Your-Own Omelet Station
• Selection of Irish Meats
• Scrambled Eggs
• Breakfast Potatoes
• Selection of Fruits
• Selection of Breads and Muffins
• Carvery Station
• Roasted Potatoes
• Mashed Potatoes
• Carrots and Parsnips – Irish Style
• Asparagus, Yellow Squash and Roasted Tomatoes
FESTIVITIES, FUN, ANDPHOTOS: The best in film camp is provided to you by Camp Midnight—the hilarious and camptacular film viewing group! Meet Joan and Christina and get your pictures taken with your best wire hangers! Seating in the theatre begins at 1:40pm and the preshow entertainment starts right at 2pm.
THEFILM: A screening of the over-the-top 1981 camp classic Mommie Dearest immediately follows. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, and members of Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film.
I HAVEBRUNCHTICKETS! WHERESHOULD I GO? DO I HAVE TO GO TO THEMUSICBOXFIRST?
Nope! Head to the Mystic Celt! There will be a Music Box Theatre staff member on site with your tickets at the door. They will also be able to sell cash tickets (If available) to late additions.
I CAN’T MAKE IT TO BRUNCHBUTTHEMOVIESOUNDSAWESOME
Cool, buy your ticket in advance or at the door. WE have had tickets left over in the past—but each year the event tends to grow
I LIKE TO DRINKDURINGMOVIES, CAN I DO THAT?
Eesh, we are super sorry, but the Music Box does not have a liquor license. Whatever you imbibe before the film is ok. Just don’t be so rowdy that your mother would drag you out by your ear or smack you with a wire hanger.
A film by Frank Perry starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
The camp classic about Joan Crawford.
The lavish, over-the-top Mommie Dearest is the 1981 screen adaptation of Christina Crawford’s best-selling memoir about growing up as the adopted daughter of iconic movie star Joan Crawford. The infamous book details Crawford’s allegations of years of physical and mental abuse by her movie star mother. Faye Dunaway’s performance in the film brought equal parts hosannas and derision by critics. Though the movie flopped with the mainstream public it was instantly enshrined as a camp classic and is revered by fans. “No wire hangers,” “Don’t f*** with me fellas,” “Tina, hand me the ax,” and several other memorable lines from the film have also entered the camp lexicon and popular culture.
Silent cinema went well into the 1930s in Japan, and the prolific Yasujiro Ozu was one of Japan’s greatest masters of the craft.
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!
An Inn in Tokyo
A film by Yasujirô Ozu starring Takeshi Sakamoto, Yoshiko Okada, Chôko Iida
An Inn In Tokyo is the final installment in Ozu’s unofficial Kihachi Trilogy, and also one of his finest silent works. The film anticipates Post-War Italian neorealism, especially Vittorio de Sica’s The Bicycle Thieves, which shares with that film a pathos for the tribulations of abject poverty and the difficulty of finding gainful employment. Kihachi (Takeshi Sakamoto) is struggling through the Depression with his two young sons as he wanders the industrial landscape of Tokyo seeking work. Crossing paths with a single mother and her young daughter, Kihachi must make a decision that could forfeit all his hopes and desires for a stable life for himself and his two sons.
Schopf & Weiss LLP and the Music Box present the sixth installment of Movies on Trial, a CLE film series worth 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.
Join us Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:00pm for a screening of the film A Civil Action followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Bradley P. Nelson (Schopf & Weiss LLP). Panel members include The Hon. Virginia M. Kendall (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), Anton R. Valukas (Jenner & Block), and Thomas A. Demetrio (Corboy & Demetrio).
A Civil Action
A film by Steven Zaillian starring John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub
The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.
“Two thumbs up. One of the best legal films in years. A fabulous cast.” –Gene Siskel
A small-time, self-possessed attorney’s (John Travolta) greed entangles him in a case that threatens to destroy him in this legal thriller based on a true story. The Woburn Case, which evolves into a labyrinthine lawsuit where truth, if it can be found at all, resides not in the courtroom, but deep in the network of deceit and corruption.
A film by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
Baz Luhrmann’s breakout film cemented Claire Danes’ place as our eternal teenage sweetheart and gave puppy-faced Leonardo DiCaprio a forever home in Hollywood. A brazen modernization and abridgment of Shakespeare’s classic play, the Montagues and Capulets are here warring gangs battling an old feud on the streets of Verona Beach. When Romeo, tripping balls on some killer ecstasy, spies Juliet through a mansion-sized blacklight aquarium, the heart of every 90s teenager grew by three sizes.
A film by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford
The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s later film career, Chimes at Midnight returns to the screen after being unavailable for decades. This brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Welles’s lifelong obsession with the Bard’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend to King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal.
“Chimes at Midnight . . . may be the greatest Shakespearean film ever made, bar none.” –VINCENT CANBY, New York Times
“He has directed a sequence, the Battle of Shrewsbury, which is unlike anything he has ever done, indeed unlike any battle ever done on the screen before. It ranks with the best of Griffith, John Ford, Eisenstein, Kurosawa—that is, with the best ever done.” –PAULINE KAEL
Appearing in several plays as a comic supporting figure, Falstaff is here the main event: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with towering, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created an unorthodox Shakespeare film that is also a gritty period piece, which he called “a lament . . . for the death of Merrie England.” Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence as impressive as anything Welles ever directed—??Chimes at Midnight?? is as monumental as the figure at its center.
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