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Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we open Holy Motors, winner of the Gold Hugo for Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival! Haunting and hypnotic, the film from director Leos Carax presents an unforgettable look into the life of one Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) over the course of a 24-hour period.

And, on Friday at 7pm, the Music Box is hosting an expert post-screening panel discussion of Holy Motors, led by Chicago Reader film critic Ben Sachs. Panel members will include Michael Kutza (Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival), Charles Coleman (Film Program Director, Facets Cinematheque), and Jean-François Rochard (Deputy Cultural Attaché, Consulat général de France, Chicago). Tickets on sale now.

We’re also opening The Bay, the new eco-horror film from Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson. Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs in this chilling found-footage film.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns this weekend, with the Buster Keaton classic The Cameraman. In love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a man becomes a cameraman to get close to her and, in typical Keaton fashion, hilarity ensues. As always, the film will be presented with live organ accompaniment. Tickets on sale now.

On Tuesday, we have a one-time-only screening of Coldplay Live 2012, the band’s first concert film/live album for nine years. Documenting their acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour, this film is a must-see on the big screen. Tickets on sale now.

We also have midnight screenings of the hilarious comedy Clue with live shadowcast (Tickets on sale now) and the unintentional comedy The Room (Tickets on sale now), and another week of screenings of The Loneliest Planet. Come on by!

See you at the movies

Thursday, November 8th – Wednesday, November 14th, 2012


Holy Motors

A film by Leos Carax starring Denis Lavant


After an almost 13-year hiatus, Leos Carax, director of the cult classic Pola X, is back and in rare form. Sci-fi, avant garde film, performance art or simply a mad journey into the darkness of the virtual world?

“Typically confounding but on every level that matters a work of unfettered--and liberating--imagination.”
–David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“I am refreshed by it, my faith in the unique power of film completely restored. I feel like I’ve just had my first drink of water after a drought, or my first bite of food after a fast.”
–Drew McWeeny

Holy Motors is a hypnotic and unforgettable look into the life of one Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) who, over the course of a 24-hour period, transforms himself from a captain of industry to an old woman to a leprechaun lulled to sleep in the arms of a supermodel (Eva Mendes).

These are just a few of the eleven personas he adopts while being chauffeured around the city by his dedicated driver Celine (Edith Scob) and all at the direction of an unnamed “agency”. Monsieur Oscar moves through the night seeking peace ever wary and always changing. Strange and surreal, Holy Motors, defies explanation and invites us to sit back and enjoy an inexplicable, weird, wonderful night of surprises, questions and breathtaking imagery.


Fri, Nov 9 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Sat, Nov 10 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Sun, Nov 11 1:00pm · 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Mon, Nov 12 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Tue, Nov 13 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Wed, Nov 14 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Thu, Nov 15 3:30pm · 6:00pm · 8:35pm
Fri, Nov 16 3:30pm · 8:35pm
Sat, Nov 17 3:30pm · 8:35pm
Sun, Nov 18 3:30pm · 8:35pm
Mon, Nov 19 3:30pm · 8:35pm
Tue, Nov 20 3:30pm · 8:35pm
Wed, Nov 21 3:30pm · 8:35pm
Thu, Nov 22 3:30pm

The Bay

A film by Barry Levinson starring Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill and Christopher Denham


Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

The Bay is a found-footage film about the seaside town of Claridge. Two researchers find an alarming amount of toxicity in the bay, but calls for the mayor to inform the town are ignored. While celebrating the Fourth of July, a parasite from the bay begins attaching to human hosts, eating organs and destroying them from the inside. Using video diaries, home movies, webcams, closed-circuit cameras and Skype chats, director Barry Levinson tells the story of the town’s destruction through the eyes of the terrified residents.


Fri, Nov 9 8:45pm · midnight
Sat, Nov 10 8:45pm · midnight
Sun, Nov 11 8:45pm
Mon, Nov 12 8:45pm
Tue, Nov 13 8:45pm
Wed, Nov 14 8:45pm
Thu, Nov 15 8:45pm
National Film Registry

The Cameraman
Selected for Preservation, National Film Registry (1928)


Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents: The Cameraman

Purchase advance tickets online

Come see this Buster Keaton classic!

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!

The Cameraman

A film by Edward Sedgwick and Buster Keaton starring Buster Keaton, Marceline Day and Harold Goodwin


A Buster Keaton classic. In love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a man becomes a cameraman to get close to her. Clumsy and new to filming, he continuously makes a fool of himself in various situations.

The Cameraman was Buster Keaton’s first film for MGM Studios and made while he was still at the height of his career. Buster plays a sidewalk tintype portrait photographer who develops a crush on Sally (Marceline Day), an MGM secretary. In order to be near her, he uses all of his savings to purchase an old film camera and tries to get a job as one of MGM’s cameramen. Despite his complete lack of ability and experience, Sally encourages Buster to film everything he can and a wild series of comedic mishaps ensues. From a dazed monkey to a war in Chinatown and a boat race gone wrong, The Cameraman delivers a classic, unforgettable Buster Keaton performance.

In 2005, this film, once thought lost but rediscovered in Paris in 1968, was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”


Sat, Nov 10 11:00am

Coldplay Live 2012

A film by Paul Dugdale starring Coldplay


Witness the visual spectacle, the intense emotion and the amazing sound of Coldplay in big screen glory.

Coldplay Live 2012 is the band’s first concert film/live album for nine years. It documents their acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011.

Directed by Paul Dugdale, previously responsible for Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy’s World’s on Fire concert films, Live 2012 includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and the band’s triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury 2011.

“The Mylo Xyloto tour has been the most fun we’ve ever had as a band. It’s felt very uplifting right from the start; partly because we are proud of the music, the LED wristbands, the pyrotechnics, the lasers and all of that stuff, but mainly because of the amazing audiences that we’ve been playing for. Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They’re loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own. We wanted to try to bottle the incredible feeling that they give us, and hence our concert film.” – Chris Martin


Tue, Nov 13 6:30pm


A film by Jonathan Lynn


Six strangers are invited to a party in a secluded New England mansion. They are met by the house butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), who reveals the true nature of the party: all of the guests are being blackmailed to hide their secrets. The popular board game of the 80s gets the all-star treatment in this comic caper set in a Victorian mansion, based on a story by John Landis. Whodunit?


Sat, Nov 10 midnight
Sat, Nov 16 midnight

The Room

A film by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero


This “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies” stars (and was directed, written and produced by) the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, and has been a cult favorite in LA since 2003!. “Enter The Room and leave forever changed!”

Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this quirky cult favorite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mom.


Fri, Mar 22 10:30pm
Sat, Mar 23 10:30pm
Sun, Mar 24 10:30pm
Fri, May 17 midnight
Fri, Jul 19 midnight
Fri, Feb 21 midnight
Fri, Mar 21 midnight
Fri, May 23 midnight
Sat, Jun 21 midnight
Wed, Aug 20 10:30pm
Thu, Aug 21 10:30pm
Fri, Sep 19 midnight
Fri, Dec 5 midnight
Fri, Jan 16 midnight
Fri, Feb 20 midnight
Fri, Mar 20 midnight
Fri, Apr 24 midnight
Fri, May 15 midnight

The Loneliest Planet

A film by Julia Loktev starring Hani Furstenberg, Gael García Bernal and Bidzina Gujabidze


A story about the moment that changes everything.

“...powerful, exquisitely lensed.”

Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young and in love and backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a camping trek, and they set off into the beautiful wilderness. Then, a moment that threatens to tear the young couple apart. They continue the trek dealing with the regret and fallout of instinctual actions. This is a tale about love and forgiveness, coming to terms with an action, and rebuilding a relationship with a new view of your partner.


Thu, Nov 8 3:45pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Fri, Nov 9 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm
Sat, Nov 10 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm
Sun, Nov 11 1:30pm · 4:00pm · 6:20pm
Mon, Nov 12 4:00pm · 6:20pm
Tue, Nov 13 4:00pm
Wed, Nov 14 4:00pm · 6:20pm
Thu, Nov 15 4:00pm · 6:20pm

Two Seconds

A film by Mervyn LeRoy starring Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, and Guy Kibbee


In two seconds he became the slave of the woman he hated! Two blinding, flashing seconds that stripped him of honor and branded his soul! That’s how long it takes for Edward G. Robinson to die in the electric chair! In those moments, Robinson relives the events that brought him here, from a loveless marriage to a scheming taxi dancer and the psychotic crimes he’s committed. Robinson’s outstanding performance brings to life the story of a high-rise construction worker whose grand ambitions were crushed by a cruel world. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.


Sun, Nov 11 10:30am

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