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Beloved! David Byrne!
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this Friday is Beloved, which you may remember as the Festival Centerpiece of the Chicago French Film Festival. This romantic musical drama follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love over three decades. Starring Catherine Deneuve!

On Monday at 7pm, the Chicago Tribune presents Press Pass All-Access: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards. Critic Greg Kot hosts an evening with author and Talking Heads cofounder David Byrne and Thrill Jockey Records founder Bettina Richards. The three will discuss Byrne’s new book, How Music Works, in which the legendary artist explores the joy, the physics and the business of making music. Tickets for sale through the Chicago Tribune.

Then, stick around for a special screening of Stop Making Sense at 10pm. The Talking Heads light up the screen in one of the greatest concert films of all time! Tickets on sale now

Plus, next week we have great events like Superstars of Burlesque and the Chicago United Film Festival. Get your tickets before they sell out!

See you at the movies. . .

Wednesday, September 12th – Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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Beloved (Les Bien-Aimes)

A film by Christophe Honore starring Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni


Starring Catherine Deneuve and (her real-life daughter) Chiara Mastroianni, this sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama from Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love.

From the ‘60s era story of Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) and her Czech husband to the romance of Madeleine’s daughter, Vera, thirty years later and the rekindling of an affair between a re-married Madeleine (Deneuve) and her former lover Jaromil (Milos Forman). Beloved is a light-hearted but ultimately moving exploration of the changing nature of relationships.



Sleepwalk With Me

A film by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose and Kevin Barnett


“An endearing indie feature about the day-to-day indecisions and nocturnal perambulations of a commitment-phobic New Yorker.”

“I’m going to tell you a story and it’s true… I always have to tell people that.” So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically-inspired, fictional feature debut.

We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art.



Stop Making Sense

A film by Jonathan Demme starring The Talking Heads


The Talking Heads live on stage. Need we say more? Director Jonathan Demme expertly crafted this unrivaled concert film from footage of three live gigs at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. The staging concept — the brainchild of Talking Heads front man David Byrne — begins with the lead vocalist striding onto an empty stage, acoustic guitar and boom box in hand. With each new tune, another band member or backup singer joins Byrne onstage, building steadily toward the smokin’ finale.


Wed, Jun 8 7:30pm

How Music Works


Press Pass All-Access Series: Greg Kot with David Byrne and Bettina Richards.

In his latest book since the best-selling Bicycle Diaries, David Byrne takes on the role of musical historian and anthropologist as he dissects how, exactly, music has been shaped through time and place. Ranging in scope from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages to birdsongs in San Francisco, Byrne’s How Music Works is a guided tour of the business, physics and joys of music. One of the most brilliant artists of our time, Byrne’s writing, honed from a life of musical experience, will be remembered as one of the most enlightening books on the subject in a long, long time.


Mon, Sep 17 7:00pm

Baby Face

A film by Alfred E. Green starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and Donald Cook


Barbara Stanwyk stars in the most notorious sex-in-the-workplace vice film made during the Pre-Code era. Arriving in the big city after a stint in a speakeasy dive to work at Gotham Trust Company, Lily (Stanwyck) starts at the bottom floor but resolves to leap to the executive suite, two floors at a time! Screening in a restored, unedited print from the Library of Congress.


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
Fri, Jul 19 midnight
Fri, Mar 21 midnight
Fri, Dec 4 10:00pm
Fri, Apr 15 midnight
Fri, May 13 midnight
Fri, Jun 17 midnight
Fri, Jul 15 midnight
Fri, Aug 12 midnight
Fri, Sep 23 7:30pm · 11:00pm

Nominated: Bart Layton, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards

The Imposter

A film by Bart Layton starring Adam O'Brian, Frederic Bourdin and Carey Gibson


A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.

“You won’t be able to get it out of your head.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Rarely has the con game, and the human capacity to believe in improbable outcomes, been taken to such extremes as we see in “The Imposter,” a dark, gripping and provocative film by Bart Layton that has the documentary world buzzing.”
–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

Based on a true story, The Imposter is documentary filmmaking turned film noir. In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain, telling an elaborate story of kidnap and torture.

His family is overjoyed to have him back, but everything may not be as it seems. His strange accent and changes in appearance all seem to be suspicious inconsistencies, yet the family seems not to notice. It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this story takes an even stranger turn. With all of the twists of a true thriller, The Imposter challenges our perceptions of the truth, and every new revelation leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat.


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