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Keep The Lights On! Rocky Horror Picture Show! Georges Méliès!
Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

We’re very excited to present Keep The Lights On, the newest release from Music Box Films! Recently featured in the Chicago International Film Festival, this new film from director Ira Sachs is an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Roger Ebert gives it 3.5 stars and Salon.com calls it “an instant landmark in gay cinema”.

Halloween is upon us, and you know what that means: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the greatest sci-fi musical cult classic ever committed to film! We’re presenting midnight shows on Friday and Saturday, and a special presentation on Wednesday at 10pm. Every screening is accompanied by a shadow cast, courtesy of Midnight Madness, offering an experience you can only get at the Music Box. Are you ready to do the Time Warp again? Buy your tickets now!

Also, on Saturday, Alliance Francais presents Georges Méliès, a collection of films from the father of cinematic special events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. Featuring such classics as A Trip To The Moon and The Music Lover, this film-concert is designed as homage to this brilliant magician through a narrated performance accompanied by piano. Tickets on sale now

We also doing screenings for Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the largest festival for kids film in North America, and the compelling documentaries The House I Live In, The American Scream and the next installments of The Story Of Film: An Odyssey .

See you at the movies

Thursday, October 25th – Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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Alliance Francais presents Melies

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Georges Melies, the father of cinematic special effects, revolutionized the history of cinema with his creativity and originality. This masterful craftsman deserves credit for conceiving film as an original performance, recreating newsreels, advertising films, extravaganzas in color, and science fiction. One hundred years later, his films are still relevant today.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, his family presents a series of performances in the true family tradition; this film-concert is designed as homage to this brilliant magician through a narrated performance accompanied by piano. For if the film was silent, the room was never so!

Georges Melies was one of the most amazing figures in cinema. From 1896 to 1913, he directed, distributed, performed, and produced 520 films. The film-concerts present an exclusive program of films by Georges Melies, accompanied, as in the 1900s, by a pianist and a narrator. The original reels were located, restored, preserved, and edited thanks to the work of the partner association, The Friends of Georges Melies. This show received the special Prize of the City of Vincennes 2010 during the International Cinema Meetings.

L’homme à la tête en caoutchouc (The Man With the Rubber Head)

A film by Georges Méliès


A scientist removes his own head and makes it larger and smaller.

Au royaume des fées (Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies)

A film by Georges Méliès


A princess is kidnapped by a witch and taken to a different world.

Barbe-Bleue (Bluebeard)

A film by Georges Méliès


A curious woman explores a forbidden room.

Dislocation mystérieuse (An Extraordinary Dislocation)

A film by Georges Méliès


Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

L’homme orchestre (One Man Orchestra)

A film by Georges Méliès


A man multiplies himself to create an orchestra.

L’impressionniste fin de siècle (A Turn of the Century Illusionist)


A man does magic.

La chrysalide et le papillon (The Brahmin and the Butterfly)

A film by Georges Méliès


A Brahmin meets a butterfly and then turns into a caterpillar.

La fée Carabosse (The Fairy Carabosse [The Witch])

A film by Georges Méliès


A penniless troubador consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future.

La tentation de saint antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)

A film by Georges Méliès


A man is tempted by several ladies.

Le cake-walk infernal (The Cake-Walk Infernal)

A film by Georges Méliès


Pluto visits Earth and is struck by the dancing, which he brings back home with him.

Le diable noir (The Black Imp)

A film by Georges Méliès


An imp causes mischief at a hotel.

Le mélomane (The Music Lover)

A film by Georges Méliès


The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Le merveilleux éventail vivant (The Wonderful Living Fan)

A film by Georges Méliès


The king of France receives a marvelous fan that comes to life.

Le sacre d’Edouard VII (The Coronation of Edward VII)

A film by Georges Méliès


A re-enactment of the coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII.

Les cartes vivantes (The Living Playing Cards)

A film by Georges Méliès


A magician has cards that come alive.

Voyage dans la lune (A Trip To The Moon)

A film by George Méliès



Sat, Oct 27 12:15pm

US Documentary, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival Awards

The House I Live In

A film by Eugene Jarecki


“It’s a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it’s one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years.”
–Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Jarecki’s film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs...”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Winner of the best documentary prize at Sundance, the latest film by Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Why We Fight) ranks with The Thin Blue Line, Bowling for Columbine, and Inside Job as a great documentary polemic. The subject is the “War on Drugs”, which, as this eye-opening film persuasively shows, is more precisely a war on those who are perceived as class and racial outsiders—dating back to the 19th century (when opium was used to demonize Chinese immigrants), officially inaugurated by Richard Nixon, escalated by Ronald Reagan, and espoused by virtually every major Presidential candidate ever since.

Using eloquent analysts (including The Wire creator David Simon and historian Richard Lawrence Miller), compelling personal stories from all sides and levels of the “war”, and his own experience as a child of Holocaust survivors, Jarecki lucidly and passionately builds an in-depth case against a policy that demonstrably doesn’t work, has a ruinous effect on American society, but remains entrenched thanks to its profitability and political expediency.


The American Scream

A film by Michael Paul Stephenson starring Matthew Brodeur, Victor Bariteau and Manny Souza


“Clearly a labor of love from all involved, The American Scream is a warm and touching look at three families doing what they love with what they have.”
–Luke Mullen, Film School Rejects

“I consistently alternated beaming and welling up tears throughout the entirety of Michael Paul Stephenson’s THE AMERICAN SCREAM. And you’re likely to, as well”
–Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria

From the director of Best Worst Movie, The American Scream follows Halloween in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where every year, the most ambitiously creative spookery in the world is revealed. The Bariteau, Souza, and Brodeur families are known as “haunters” and spend hours upon hours turning their homes into elaborate haunted houses every Halloween. This documentary follows them through their hardships and triumphs, and paints a compelling and sometimes heartbreaking portrait of American blue-collar life.


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