The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Dec 2nd, 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.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY
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.

For more information on The Chicago Film Society, visit www.chicagofilmsociety.org

PRICING

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.

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Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Disco Godfather

A FILM BY: J. Robert Wagoner
WRITTEN BY: J. Robert Wagoner, Cliff Roquemore
STARRING: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch

Presented by The Chicago Film Society

An iconoclastic comedic voice and independent media mogul, Rudy Ray Moore entered another echelon of cult stardom with the cycle of wild, unruly exploitation. After originating the super pimp folk hero Dolemite, Moore found himself closing out his biggest decade by playing a law-abiding citizen for the first time, the titular Disco Godfather, besequined overseer of the hottest dance floor on the West Coast. When his basketball prodigy nephew ends up in the hospital, spun out on Angel Dust, the Disco Godfather sets about waging a one-man war against the local PCP trade. A vital document of vintage Black disco culture, Disco Godfather would ultimately prove less persuasive as an anti-drug PSA than as a vehicle for squelching bouts of unmoored DIY psychedelia set to a series of killer original dance grooves.

Co-presented by CHIRP 107.1 FM.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1979
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: 35mm

Portrait of Jennie

A FILM BY: William Dieterle
WRITTEN BY: Robert Nathan (book), Paul Osborn (screenplay)
STARRING: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore

Presented by The Chicago Film Society

There are supernatural romances and then there’s Portrait of Jennie—an unassailable work of visionary delirium and towering claptrap that is easily the strangest film ever recalled fondly by your TCM-loving aunt. Starving artist Eben Adams (Joseph Cotton) has a chance encounter in Central Park with Jennie (Jennifer Jones), a ghostly girl who seemingly stepped out of the past to serve as his muse and gild his path to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her apparition reappears to Eben periodically, each time a little older and a little more plausible as a romantic partner. Portrait of Jennie reaches back to silent cinema to find its most expressive and idiosyncratic effects, but the arty allusions and tempestuous ballyhoo are pure distillations of producer David O. Selznick’s aesthetic.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1948
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604