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Populaire! Silent Cinema! Friday the 13th!
Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we open the charming French comedy Populaire. In 1958, a young woman longing for a new life discovers a hidden talent: She’s an extrodinary typist. Aided by her new boss, they work to turn her into the fastest typist in the world. Fresh off its appearance at the Chicago French Film Festival, Indiewire calls this amusing film one of the 10 Indie Films You Must See This September.

This month, Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents Straight Shooting, the first feature from one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, John Ford. Harry Carey stars as a freelance outlaw hired to intervene in a dispute between a scheming rancher and a farmer. As always, this silent film will be presented with live musical accompaniment from the Music Box organ. Purchase advance tickets now.

On Monday, you’re invited to Industry Mondays, for tastings of spectacular, rare beers from the exceptional portfolio of Vanberg & DeWulf, followed by a screening of Somm, a fascinating look behind the scenes of the highly competitive process of becoming a master wine Sommelier. Purchase advance tickets now.

Midnight this weekend, Camp Crystal Lake is terrorized by a mysterious killer in the original ’80s slasher Friday the 13th. Our Sunday matinee features Burt Lancaster in one of his most complex performances in The Swimmer, as a man trying to escape his troubles by swimming across his neighborhood.

We also have daily screenings of the chilling documentary The Act Of Killing and the complex drama The Attack, weekend screenings the shocking documentary Blackfish, and midnight screenings of Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller Passion.

See you at the movies

Thursday, September 12th – Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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A film by Regis Roinsard starring Deborah Francois, Romain Duris


21-year-old Rose (Deborah Francois) longs for a new life away from her grouchy widower father and the mechanic to whom she is engaged. So so she travels to Lisieux to find a job. Once there she meets the charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard (Romain Duris), who’s looking for a secretary. The interview is a disaster but Rose reveals a special gift — she can type at extraordinary speed and, unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition!

A young, small-town office worker is catapulted to instant fame when her talent at the keyboard makes her a contender for the title “Fastest Typist in the World” in POPULAIRE, a delightful French homage to the playful romantic comedies of the 1950s.

Shy and awkward Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) dreams of being a secretary, but in Normandy in 1958, life beyond the confines of wife and mother seems impossible. Determined to succeed on her own terms, Rose leaves her quaint village for the nearby town of Lisieux, where her nimble two-fingered typing prompts local insurance agent Louis Échard (Romain Duris) to hire her as his assistant.

Disorganized, clumsy and absent-minded, Rose proves to be a disaster as secretary, but a savant as a typist, even just pecking away with two fingers. The fiercely competitive Louis insists that she enter in a speed-typing contest if she wants to keep her job. Installing himself as her coach, he relentlessly drives her toward becoming the fastest typist in France—perhaps even the world!

But as the timid small town girl becomes a world-class contender under Louis’ tutelage, Rose realizes what she really wants and goes for it with the same verve and energy she brings to the keyboard. An effervescent comedy about a little-known, real-life sport, POPULAIRE evokes a period that became a turning point in the working lives of women around the world with the sly humor, vibrant color and spirited music of the era.


The Attack

A film by Ziad Doueiri starring Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem


When a suicide bombing happens in Tel Aviv, a surgeon goes on a pursuit of the truth when his wife is accused of being the bomber.

“Surefooted and fearless even as it ventures deeper and deeper into the dark heart of one of the most defining and complex conflicts of our time.”
–Jessica Kiang, indieWIRE

An Israeli Palestinian surgeon, Amin Jaafari, lives a virtually picture perfect life in Tel Aviv. He has a loving wife, a successful career, and many Jewish friends but his entire world is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous situations and seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking.


Straight Shooting

A film by John Ford starring Harry Carey, Duke R. Lee, George Berrell


Ford’s first feature follows Cheyenne (Harry Carey), a freelance outlaw hired to intervene in a dispute between a scheming rancher and a farmer. Both a tragic murder and growing affection for the farmer’s daughter leads Harry to a moral reckoning regarding his gun-for-hire ethos.

Similar to Ford’s later Westerns, Straight Shooting never veers into action for the sake of action. It is leisurely and steadily paced, accented by pauses and reflections, yet Ford knows when to heighten the tension, especially in the film’s exciting climax. Archival print courtesy of the Library of Congress.


Friday the 13th

A film by Sean S. Cunningham starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor


Twenty years after several mysterious deaths shut it down, Camp Crystal Lake reopens — but the place clearly hasn’t shaken its “death curse,” as a deranged killer terrorizes the teen counselors in this original version of the classic slasher flick. Gruesome makeup and effects by Tom Savini, a nubile cast (including a young Kevin Bacon) and an iconic villain make this horror film a genre-defining classic for the ages.


The Swimmer

A film by Frank Perry starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule


Middle-aged businessman Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster in one of his most complex performances) appears to be enjoying a spontaneous adventure, swimming from pool to pool among the well-tended estates of his affluent Connecticut neighborhood. But as Ned encounters each of his neighbors, we see from their reactions that Ned’s on an entirely different kind of journey – that he is balanced on the edge of some mysterious psychosis that we can’t fully understand until the film’s final, devastating image. A compelling portrait of loss, refracted memories, and deep-rooted emotional denial, a fascinating adaptation of John Cheever’s celebrated short story. New restoration!


The Act of Killing

A film by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn starring Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara


Nominated for Best Documentary – Feature Length

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade ... it is unprecedented in the history of cinema.”
–Werner Herzog

“Never before has anyone made a documentary like ??The Act of Killing?? … essential and enraging, it is a film that begs to be seen.”

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.

The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”



A film by Gabriela Cowperthwaite starring Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg


Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice.

“Haunting. The movie unfolds like a thriller. It’s a metaphor for the ages.”
–David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“A gripping mindbender. May be the scariest movie around.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?

Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.



A film by Brian De Palma starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace


Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed To Kill with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, image, envy and the dark, murderous side of Passion.

“"Passion" is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

The film stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat.


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