The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Feb 25th, 2019
Mon, Mar 25th, 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.

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Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Ghost World

A FILM BY: Terry Zwigoff
WRITTEN BY: Daniel Clowes
STARRING: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson

Presented by The Chicago Film Society

Adapted by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff from the former's underground graphic novel, GHOST WORLD remains the definitive portrait of post-high school ennui, quarter-age disaffection, and the everyday oppression thrust upon us by other people. Best friends Enid (Thora Birch) and Becky (Scarlett Johansson) are finally ready to find a place of their own amid the strip malls of greater Los Angeles, but their mutual contempt for goody-two-shoes classmates, extroverted pseudo-bohemians, and yuppie 'zine entrepreneurs may not be sufficient to bridge their increasingly divergent values. The greatest stumbling block is Seymour (Steve Buscemi), the self-loathing record collector who sets Enid's heart aflutter and sends Becky rushing to get a job. We memorized every line of this tender firecracker as teenagers and can't believe it's finally reached the age of maturity.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2001
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 111 mins
Format: 35mm

Rock 'n' Roll High School

A FILM BY: Allan Arkush
WRITTEN BY: Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch
STARRING: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard

Presented by The Chicago Film Society | CLICK HERE to Purchase Advance Tickets

*New 35MM Print*

Riff Randell (P.J. Soles) is the biggest Ramones fan at Vince Lombardi High School, but her plans to liberate her dance-crazy classmates with tickets to see the band are put in danger when the dictatorial new school principal Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov) declares a moratorium on rock 'n' roll. This Roger Corman-produced youthsploitation effort was pitched for Cheap Trick but gloriously retrofitted for the brothers from Queens. Like an issue of Mad Magazine come to life, Rock 'n' Roll High School never relents in its wall-to-wall silliness, a cyclone of bad puns, and dopey site gags. You're never too old to be a teenage lobotomy.

New 35mm Print from Academy Film Archive

Technical Information

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

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