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Rosemary’s Baby! Escape From Tomorrow! War of the Worlds!
 
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Just in time for Halloween, we’re bringing two horror classics back to the big screen, with brand new restorations. Celebrating its 45th Anniversary is Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, starring Mia Farrow as a mother-to-be who suspects other-worldly forces may be endangering her unborn baby.

The Wicker Man has been seen for decades in mutilated versions, but now we’re proud to present The Wicker Man – The Final Cut, a new restoration for the cult classic’s 40th anniversary! A devout Christian cop visits a small island town in search of a missing girl. His investigation takes him deeper into the strange town, until he may be in over his head.

In Escape From Tomorrow, a trip to the happiest place on Earth turns into an epic battle, when a father loses his sanity on the last day of an idyllic family holiday. Join director Randy Moore on Friday & Saturday at 7:15pm for post-screening Q&As to find out about the making of this unique film. Tickets on sale now.

Friday at noon, Schopf & Weiss LLP presents a special edition of Movies on Trial in recognition of National Pro Bono Week. We’ll be screening To Kill a Mockingbird, the Oscar-winning adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, starring Gregory Peck in his finest role. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, and attorney attendees will receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. Tickets are FREE, reserve yours today!

On Sunday afternoon, we’re screening of a brand-new 35mm print of the 1953 alien invasion classic War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin. Before the feature, University of Chicago professor and radio expert Neil Verma will present rare excerpts of Orson Welles’ infamous 1930’s War of the Worlds broadcast, which caused a nationwide panic 75 years ago this Halloween. Tickets for this one-time-only event now available.

Early mornings this weekend, we’re hosting the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the largest festival for kids film in North America! To celebrate the Festival’s 30th anniversary, the Music Box will once again join Facets’ Children’s Programs to showcase over 200 movies from around the world. Purchase advance tickets now, and take your kids on their first trip to the Music Box!

We also have midnight screenings of Manos: The Hands of Fate, the hilariously terrible movie ranked by many as the worst film of all time. On Saturday at 1pm, Kenneth Branagh appears in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade, in National Theatre Live’s MacBeth (Tickets on sale now).

And finally, it’s Halloween weekend in Chicago, which means it’s time for The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box. This cult musical is a wild ride like no other, with Midnight Madness presenting a live shadowcast. We have screenings on Friday & Saturday at midnight, and Halloween night at 10pm. Tickets are almost sold out, so buy your tickets today!

Wednesday, October 23rd – Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

 
 

Rosemary’s Baby

A film by Roman Polanski starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

 

Farrow plays a pregnant woman who fears that her husband may have made a pact with their eccentric neighbors, believing he may have promised them the child to be used as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals in exchange for success in his acting career.


“It is a creepy film and a crawly film, and a film filled with things that go bump in the night. It is very good.”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life. A 45th Anniversary restored version of the classic film.

 


Fri, Oct 25 6:00pm
Sat, Oct 26 6:00pm
Sun, Oct 27 6:00pm
Mon, Oct 28 5:00pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Oct 29 7:00pm
Wed, Oct 30 5:00pm
Thu, Oct 31 5:00pm
 
 
 

The Wicker Man - Final Cut

A film by Robin Hardy starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento

 

Brand new 2K restoration for the 40th Anniversary!
Starring Edward Woodward (Breaker Morant), horror film legend Christopher Lee, stalwart Hammer vampiress Ingrid Pitt, and Swedish blonde bombshell/Bond Girl Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun, Get Carter), The Wicker Man is regarded as a quintessential psychological thriller, with the search for its integral version one of cinema history’s great detective hunts.

The Wicker Man has been seen for decades in mutilated versions, but now we’re proud to present The Wicker Man – The Final Cut, a new restoration for the cult classic’s 40th anniversary!

After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, devout Christian and dedicated cop Woodward travels by seaplane to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for laird of the isle Lee and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old – and those gods demand a sacrifice.

Woodward fears for the missing girl’s life and follows every possible lead to find her – despite the islanders’ interfering machinations – before she becomes a human sacrificial lamb.

 


Fri, Oct 25 9:00pm
Sat, Oct 26 4:00pm · 9:00pm
Sun, Oct 27 4:00pm · 9:00pm
Mon, Oct 28 7:40pm
Tue, Oct 29 5:00pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Oct 30 7:40pm
Thu, Oct 31 7:40pm
 
 
 

Escape From Tomorrow with director Randy Moore in attendance!

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Join us the opening weekend for a special screening of Escape From Tomorrow with a post-film Q&A with director Randy Moore!

Filmed secretly inside Disneyland, we are excited to show Escape From Tomorrow and introduce audiences to the film and its director, Randy Moore.

See the film that shouldn’t exist, then stick around for the Q&A.

Escape from Tomorrow

A film by Randy Moore starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez

 

Like nothing you’ve ever seen, It’s an ingenious and surreal trip into the happiest place on earth that subversively attacks our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.

The most discussed film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Escape From Tomorrow is a film that should not exist, and yet it does. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged husband/father of two finds out that he is suddenly unemployed and loses his sanity on the last day of an idyllic family holiday.

Amidst a fake, yet familiar, world of fantasy and high adventure, his dreamlike journey includes a close encounter with two sultry French teenage girls, an obese man on a motorized scooter, an over-sexed ex-princess, and a team of rogue scientists, amongst others, thus unlocking the universe and hurling him into a new sphere of total amusement and mind-bending madness.

 


Fri, Oct 25 7:15pm
 
 
 

Movies on Trial: To Kill A Mockingbird

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A special Pro Bono Week edition in cooperation with the Chicago Bar Foundation.

Schopf & Weiss LLP and the Music Box Theatre in cooperation with the Chicago Bar Foundation will present a special edition of Movies on Trial in recognition of National Pro Bono Week. Mark your calendars and join us on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:00pm for a screening of the film To Kill a Mockingbird followed by a panel discussion presented by Schopf & Weiss LLP.

Attorney attendees will receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.

To Kill A Mockingbird

A film by Robert Mulligan starring Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

 

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel of the same name, directed by Robert Mulligan. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch’s six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham).

 


Fri, Oct 25 12:00pm
 
 
 

Welles on the Radio Plus War of the Worlds

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A screening of a brand-new 35mm print of the 1953 film War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin, plus a special radio treat from 1939!

Before the feature, University of Chicago professor and radio expert Neil Verma will present excerpts of Orson Welles’s infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, which caused a nationwide panic 75 years ago this Halloween.

What drove 1.2 million Americans from New Jersey to San Francisco to the brink of suicide — literally? Hear about the biggest hoax of all time from the author of Theatre of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics and American Radio Drama.

War of the Worlds

A film by Byron Haskin starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne

 

The film adaptation of the H.G. Wells story told on radio of the invasion of Earth by Martians.


“As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty.”
–Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

When visionary producer George Pal brought the classic H.G. Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen it instantly became a science fiction classic, and won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects.

It’s a work of frightening imagination. As formations of alien ships wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon.

 


Sun, Oct 27 1:00pm
 
 
 

Manos: The Hands of Fate

A film by Harold P. Warren starring Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane Mahree

 

A vacationing family loses their way on a road trip and ends up trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. They attempt to escape as the cult’s members decide what to do with them. This notorious film, once deemed the worst movie ever made, has been fully restored to its director’s original vision, thanks to a chance discovery of the film’s workprint on ebay. If you’ve never seen the glory of MANOS, now is your chance!!

 


Fri, Oct 25 midnight
Sat, Oct 26 midnight
Fri, Nov 1 midnight
Sat, Nov 2 midnight
 
 
 

NT Live: Macbeth

National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth

A film by Rob Ashford starring Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston

 

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.


“A Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals.”
Daily Telegraph

 


Sat, Oct 26 1:00pm
 

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