The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Aug 26th, 2019
Mon, Sep 30th, 2019

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 $10, 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.

CLICK HERE to purchase Advance Tickets to OLD BOYFRIENDS

Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Miracle Mile

A FILM BY: Steve De Jarnatt
WRITTEN BY: Steve De Jarnatt
STARRING: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar

Presented by Chicago Film Society

Harry (Anthony Edwards) and Julie (Mare Winningham) meet cute at the La Brea Tar Pits, liberate a tank of lobsters, and plan a date later that night. Alas, Harry oversleeps and misses their date, but arrives at Johnnie’s Coffee Shop just in time to pick up a ringing pay phone. Wrong number—a panicked man in a missile silo trying to warn his father of an imminent nuclear exchange. Now Harry has 70 minutes to find Julie, hire a freelance helicopter pilot, and escape to Antarctica. This propulsive, real-time journey through nocturnal Los Angeles glows like an atomic Lite-Brite and gambols to the ambient drone of Tangerine Dream. When MIRACLE MILE finally detonated in theaters in 1989 after a decade in development, it became the last fallout of Cold War cinema.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: 35mm

Old Boyfriends

A FILM BY: Joan Tewkesbury
WRITTEN BY: Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader
STARRING: Talia Shire, Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine

Presented by Chicago Film Society | CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Dianne Cruise (Talia Shire) can’t make heads or tails of life after her divorce. A nervous breakdown and a collision with a concrete wall catapult her into self-reflection and like any sensible, recently dumped person, she takes her current troubles as a sign that she should track down some of her old flames (Richard Jordan, John Belushi, et al). So begins the sole theatrical feature directed by NASHVILLE screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, a cracked, soapy psychodrama that continually threatens to break into being a romantic comedy (or vice versa). OLD BOYFRIENDS indulges in a plethora of dead ends and weird digressions that a more conventional romantic melodrama would streamline out of existence, fully wallowing in the gooey pleasures and abject horrors of looking for true love. 

New 35mm print courtesy of Rialto Pictures

Technical Information

Production Year: 1979
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

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