The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Apr 3rd, 2017

The Chicago Film Society comes to the Music Box for special presentations, all on glorious celluloid. The programs classic features, underseen rarities, cult films, short subjects, trailer reels and more.

The Chicago Film Society makes rare and classic films available to local audiences in their original forms—on 35mm and 16mm motion picture film. Our screenings spotlight the restoration efforts of archives, studios, and private collectors, as well as the experience of seeing films projected in a theater with an audience. Through an array of program notes, extended blog entries, and introductory remarks before each screening, the Chicago Film Society endeavors to bring new notions of the cultural and material history of cinema to the public. The Chicago Film Society is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. It was established by Julian Antos, Becca Hall, and Kyle Westphal in 2011.

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Tickets are $7, and can be purchased at the Music Box on the night of the presentation. Advance Tickets may be available for certain programs, check individual film links for details.

Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Mar 13th
Babe: Pig in the City


Babe: Pig in the City

A FILM BY: George Miller
WRITTEN BY: George Miller, Judy Morris
STARRING: Magda Szubanski, Elizabeth Daily, Mickey Rooney


Plot takes a backseat in George Miller’s disorderly and psychedelic sequel, which has more in common with films like WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE WIZARD OF OZthan it does with its heartwarming predecessor. When circumstances force our little pink hero to leave his idyllic home for the city, he finds himself in a twisted Frankenstein of a place, a mix of Baz Luhrmann’s Paris and all the cities you’ve ever known. Babe is quickly severed from his companion Mrs. Hoggett (Magda Szubanski) and left to discover the city’s untold wonders (and horrors) alone. Bizarre characters abound in this bestial MAD MAX: a pregnant chimp in a dress, a paraplegic Jack Russell Terrier (Adam Goldberg), a poodle the color of cotton candy, and a ghastly clown (played by Mickey Rooney, of course). It’s a film that delighted critics (it was Gene Siskel’s best film pick of 1998), horrified parents, and developed a deserved cult following since its release. One website that rates media for kids produced such choice parental reviews as “It’s dark, depressing, scary, sad…How ANYONE (let alone Roger Ebert) could say this is BETTER than the first, I will never know.” I think Bob the chimpanzee (voiced by the great Steven Wright) would respond, “It’s all illusory – it’s ill, and it’s for losers.” (RL)

35MM from Universal

Includes Short Film: THE DANCING PIG (“Le cochon danseur”) (Pathé Frères, 1907) – 35mm – 4 min

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: Australia
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins
Format: 35mm

Veronika Voss

A FILM BY: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
WRITTEN BY: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pea Fröhlich
STARRING: Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess


In German with English subtitles

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s most unambiguously beautiful film was also the last one he lived to see released. Months after VERONIKA VOSS premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it would win the Golden Bear, Fassbinder would be dead of a drug overdose and his penultimate film would take on autobiographical echoes. VERONIKA VOSS draws from the life and mysterious death of German actress Sybille Schmitz, best known abroad for her work in Carl Dreyer’s VAMPYR but notorious in her home country for remaining active in the German film industry throughout the Third Reich. Fassbinder tracks the final days of his titular character (played with otherworldly abandon by the phenomenal German TV actress Rosel Zech), a has-been movie star with a paralyzing morphine addiction, as she is besieged by parasitic medical professionals, carries on an affair with a local sports reporter, and attempts to mount a comeback in the German film industry of the 1950s. Recalling the heyday of American film noir, as well as the horror-tinged melodramas SUNSET BOULEVARD and THE SEVENTH VICTIM, with the addition of more than a smidge of pitch-black humor and a quietly droning soundtrack of country music hits, VERONIKA VOSS is an icy, monochrome masterpiece, in love with classic cinema and at odds with the industry behind it.

35MM from Janus Films

Short Film: TBA

Technical Information

Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

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