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Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

In one day, Noir City returns to the Music Box! For the seventh great year, the Film Noir Foundation presents underseen classics from America’s most revered genre, many of which will be screened on 35mm. The 2015 program includes tributes to heavyweights like Robert Ryan & Barbara Stanwyck & Dan Duryea, a special Saturday night of Argentinian Noir, introductions from Film Noir Foundation experts, and much more. Check out our full schedule and get your tickets today!

Summer in Chicago is coming to a close, and there’s no better time to catch up on fantastic independent film. We have another week of screenings for Digging For Fire, the star-studded comedy from Chicago director Joe Swanberg, and the critically acclaimed Phoenix, hailed by Variety as one of the best films of 2015!

A moving tale of one of Brazil’s most celebrated authors, Paulo Coehlo’s Best Story opens on Friday. The newest release from Music Box Films traces the journey of literary guru Paulo Coehlo from humble roots to eventual emergence as the prolific author of 30 books that have sold over 165 million copies.

Royal Shakespeare Company presents their gripping new production of The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday, Sept 2nd at 7:00pm. Filmed in London, Shakespeare’s uncompromising tale of strife and revenge is being called “The RSC at the very top of its game” (Evening Standard).

Also, playing this weekend, catch our midnight showings of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, the quintessential cinematic love story between a man and his bike, and the innovative indie hit Tangerine. Our James Mason matinee series kicks off on Saturday & Sunday morning with Pandora and The Flying Dutchman.

Heading into September, come out next Friday for opening night of Meru, a thrilling expedition up the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons. Filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi will host a special Q&A after the screening. Saturday, Sept 5th at Midnight, drag superstar Lucy Stoole hosts John Waters’ Female Trouble There will be drinks, costumes, prizes and a cocktail party hosted in the Music Box Lounge & Garden.

Thursday, August 27th – Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Noir City: Chicago 7

Friday 28 August – Thursday 3 September 2015


Purchase advance tickets online

Join us for the 7th sensational edition of Noir City: Chicago as the Music Box teams up with the Film Noir Foundation for a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!

The Film Noir Foundation has been at the forefront of the noir revival, cracking studio vaults to resurrect long-neglected examples of America’s most revered genre, funding restorations and preservation, ensuring that these hard-bitten yet sleekly sexy cinematic offerings remain available in their original form for generations to come.

Among the offerings at Noir City: Chicago 7 are tributes to genre heavyweights like Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck & Dan Duryea, and acclaimed authors Cornell Woolrich & Dorothy B. Hughes. We’ll also be showcasing Edwardian Noir, a special Saturday night of Argentinian Noir, and as always, new 35mm restorations! See these classic films as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen!


Fri, Aug 28   Woman on the Run   7:00pm
  Abandoned   9:00pm
Sat, Aug 29   The Guilty   2:15pm
  The Chase   4:15pm
  No Abras Nunca esa Puerta / Si Muero Antes di Despertar   6:30pm
  The Guilty   9:50pm
Sun, Aug 30   Ivy   2:30pm
  Hangover Square   5:00pm
  Ladies in Retirement   7:00pm
  The Suspect   9:15pm
Mon, Aug 31   Ride the Pink Horse   4:30pm
  The Fallen Sparrow   7:00pm
  Ride the Pink Horse   9:15pm
Tue, Sep 1   House of Bamboo   4:30pm
  The Racket   7:00pm
  House of Bamboo   9:20pm
Wed, Sep 2   Crime of Passion   5:00pm
  Witness To Murder   7:00pm
  Crime of Passion   9:00pm
Thu, Sep 3   Criss Cross   5:00pm
  The Underworld Story   7:00pm
  Criss Cross   9:15pm


A film by Christian Petzold starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf


In postwar Berlin, a disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

“Superbly crafted, emotionally resonant. A rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity. The finale is an absolute knockout.”

“So beautifully made that it comes close to perfect.”
Village Voice

Raising troubling questions about identity, self-delusion, and traumas both personal and historical, German auteur Petzold (Barbara, Yella) invokes Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo to gut-wrenching effect as he guides this spellbinding noir-melodrama to a shattering climax.


Thu, Aug 27 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Aug 28 3:00pm · 7:30pm
Sat, Aug 29 1:00pm · 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 30 1:00pm · 7:30pm
Mon, Aug 31 7:30pm
Tue, Sep 1 7:30pm
Wed, Sep 2 4:30pm
Thu, Sep 3 7:30pm

Digging for Fire

A film by Joe Swanberg starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Mike Birbiglia


The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

“Joe Swanberg’s starriest picture is a lovely slice of everything and nothing disguised as a murder mystery.”

In Chicago writer-director Joe Swanberg’s latest comedy, Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) are a young married couple still adjusting to life as parents three years after the birth of their son. While house-sitting for friends, Lee drops their kid off with her mother before a night on the town, and Tim invites a bunch of friends over. As a result, both Tim and Lee are lead into a night of temptations that include alcohol, pot, another woman, and something very strange in the yard.


Thu, Aug 27 4:30pm · 7:00pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Aug 28 3:10pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Aug 29 3:10pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Aug 30 3:10pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Aug 31 5:30pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Sep 1 5:30pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Sep 3 5:30pm · 9:40pm

Audience Award, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards (2015)


Meru Opening Night, with Filmmakers Q&A!

From Music Box Films, celebrate opening night of Meru with a special screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi!


A film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin starring Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk


In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Mount Meru’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers.

“MERU is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Harrowing and ultimately moving. Engrossing..hair-raising...a nail-biter.”

In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey – like all previous attempts – fell short of the goal.

Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances.

From Music Box Films, Meru is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.


Fri, Sep 4 7:20pm
Sat, Sep 5 7:20pm
Sun, Sep 6 7:20pm
Mon, Sep 7 7:20pm
Tue, Sep 8 7:20pm
Wed, Sep 9 7:20pm
Thu, Sep 10 7:20pm

Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

A film by Daniel Augusto starring Júlio Andrade, Ravel Andrade, Fabiana Gugli


A chronicle of Paulo Coelho’s rise from his troubled life to become one of the most influential writers in Brazilian history.

Global phenomenon Paulo Coelho was not always the best-selling inspirational author he is today. For decades he searched for his calling, just like the allegorical heroes in spiritual classics The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage. Growing up in Sao Paolo as a misunderstood young rebel, Coelho alternately flirted with death, escaped madness, experimented with drugs, survived torture, fell in and out of love, and made rock history in Brazil…all the while never giving up on his biggest dream: to triumph as a writer.

A wild ride through a lifetime of stranger-than-fiction adventures, this profoundly moving film goes straight to the heart of the most beloved literary guru of our time, an everyman whose simple wish started small and grew to encompass the world. Tracing his journey from humble roots to eventual emergence as the prolific author of 30 books that have sold over 165 million copies, Paulo Coelho’s Best Story reveals the most unbelievable wonder of all: the man behind the masterpieces.


Fri, Aug 28 5:10pm
Sat, Aug 29 5:10pm
Sun, Aug 30 5:10pm

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

A film by Tim Burton starring Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton


Man-child Pee-Wee Herman owns an awesome bike that he loves with all his heart. But when he fails to make even a rudimentary attempt at bicycle theft prevention, Pee-Wee goes on a journey of discovery to find his bike and learn a lesson: that there is no basement in the Alamo! Tim Burton’s first feature, the film often veers wildly into Burton’s signature stylings, most notably during a nightmarish trip to the ER.


Fri, Aug 28 midnight
Sat, Aug 29 midnight


A film by Sean Baker starring James Ransone, Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez


A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., Tangerine defies expectation at every turn.

“Gorgeous. A perfectly cast, beautifully directed movie.”
–Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Tangerine is a stimulating reminder of what indie filmmaking can do.”
Time Out New York

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, Starlet, Generation Kill) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor) embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Director Sean Baker’s prior films (Starlet, Prince of Broadway) brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. Tangerine follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style.


Fri, Aug 28 midnight
Sat, Aug 29 midnight

The Merchant of Venice, presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company

A film by Polly Findlay starring Makram J. Khoury, Patsy Ferran


In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all – as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. When the gold is flowing all is well – but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

“Crisp, fresh thinking in every scene of this excellent production. . . This is the RSC at the very top of its game”
–Evening Standard

“Jamie Ballard’s capacity to be consumed by his character’s emotions proves astonishing”
–The Times

Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeare’s uncompromising play with Makram J. Khoury, one of the most celebrated actors in Israel, in his RSC debut as Shylock. The cast also includes Patsy Ferran as Portia, also making her RSC debut following her recent role as Jim in Treasure Island at the National Theatre and Jamie Ballard, returning to the RSC as Antonio, following Written on the Heart and Measure for Measure.


Wed, Sep 2 7:00pm

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

A film by Albert Lewin starring James Mason, Ava Gardner


Ava Gardner plays a free-spirited singer who finds herself attracted to an enigmatic Dutch painter (James Mason), who arrives aboard a yacht that seems oddly devoid of a crew. As it turns out, he is the real Flying Dutchman of legend, cursed to sail the seven seas forever, until he finds one who will offer herself in sacrifice for him. Neither performer ever looked better, and this is arguably the best performance of Gardner’s career.


Sat, Aug 29 11:30am
Sun, Aug 30 11:30am

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