The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Nov 12th, 2018
Mon, Nov 26th, 2018
Mon, Dec 10th, 2018

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.

Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Forty Guns

A FILM BY: Samuel Fuller
WRITTEN BY: Samuel Fuller
STARRING: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger

Presented by The Chicago Film Society

Westerns became bigger, louder, and safer in the 1950s. The exception that proves the rule: Samuel Fuller's FORTY GUNS, a propulsive, devil-may-care Western shot in black-and-white Cinemascope in two weeks. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Jessica Drummond, the Tombstone titan who commands as many thieves as Ali Baba. Her central conflict—protecting her ne'er-do-well brother (John Ericson) or giving it all up for the ex-gunslinger she comes to love (Barry Sullivan)—may sound rote, but the execution and emotional nuance are anything but. The overall attitude owes something to other proto-feminist westerns of the era but the melancholy/mercenary savoir faire is specifically, spectacularly Stanwyck.


Technical Information

Production Year: 1957
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: 35mm

Mikey and Nicky

A FILM BY: Elaine May
WRITTEN BY: Elaine May
STARRING: Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty

Presented by The Chicago Film Society

Riding high on the critical and commercial success of THE HEARTBREAK KID, Elaine May was given the chance to write and direct an unconventional gangster story. Shot in the scuzziest and least brotherly corners of Philadelphia and steeped in the desiccated dreams of its low-level hoodlums, Mikey and Nicky emerged as a decidedly unromantic addition to the genre. Nicky (John Cassavetes) owes a small sum to the mafia and turns to his childhood friend Mikey (Peter Falk) to find the light at the end of the tunnel. In keeping with the rambling, low-key vibe, even the hired gun tracking them down (Ned Beatty) looks more like a cheesed-off storefront accountant than a fearsome assassin.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1976
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 119 mins
Format: 35mm

Yi Yi

A FILM BY: Edward Yang
WRITTEN BY: Edward Yang
STARRING: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata

Presented by The Chicago Film Society

Maybe no film can encompass all of human experience, but it's remarkable just how much of it is in YI YI: a birth, a funeral, a wedding, a first date, near-death episodes, breakups, reconciliations, corporate intrigue, generational ennui, and the inscrutable actions of the most precocious young photographer in Taiwan. Detailing a stream of quotidian ordeals large and small in an extended family living in Taipei, Edward Yang's epic saga alternates between the lives of its ensemble as they come together and pull apart between major life events. Yi Yi would be Yang's last film but through it he achieved the success that so often eluded his characters and gifted us one of the greatest films this young century has yet seen.

35mm from Yale Film Archive | In Mandarin with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2000
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 173 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

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