The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Sep 3rd, 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.

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.

Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Jun 18th
Rio Bravo

7:00PM
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Mon, Jul 16th
Urgh! A Music War

7:00PM
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Mon, Aug 13th
Green Snake

7:00PM
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Green Snake

A FILM BY: Hark Tsui
WRITTEN BY: Pik Wah Lee
STARRING: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wenzhuo Zhao

CLICK HERE for Advance Tickets to GREEN SNAKE

Presented by The Chicago Film Society 

Tsui Hark had moved from punk rock outsider to studio mogul when he made his revisionist wuxia masterpiece GREEN SNAKE, a film that married the surface appeal of a special effects-heavy martial arts blowout with a colorful, hyperactive style and subversive sense of humor reminiscent of Frank Tashlin. An update of the undying folk tale Madame White Snake, GREEN SNAKE features Hong Kong superstars Maggie Cheung and Joey Wong as a pair of sororal snake spirits hunted by a puritanical Buddhist monk after taking human form. Every overindulgent camera tilt and oversized snake prosthetic serve to push this ridiculous pulp concoction ever closer to the sublime.

35mm print courtesy of Academy Film Archive | In Cantonese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: 35mm

Rio Bravo

A FILM BY: Howard Hawks
WRITTEN BY: Jules Furthman (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
STARRING: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson

Presented by The Chicago Film Society | CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

A Western about relationships, honor, purple light in the canyon, and the inexhaustibly fine line between “good” and “good enough,” RIO BRAVO is just about perfect. John Wayne stars as John T. Chance, a small town sheriff who must keep the peace with a task force that embarrasses his conservative sense of professionalism: drunken deputy Dean Martin, guitar-slinging kid Ricky Nelson, game-legged oldster Walter Brennan, fiercely independent Angie Dickinson, and loquacious Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez. An ambling, seemingly shapeless movie that thinks nothing of stopping the action for a song or two, RIO BRAVO boasts a screenplay that is a genuine model of economy and an endless fount of arid wisdom.

Screening in an original IB Technicolor print!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 141 mins
Format: 35mm

The Smallest Show on Earth

A FILM BY: Basil Dearden
WRITTEN BY: William Rose (original story), John Eldridge (screenplay)
STARRING: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford

Presented by The Chicago Film Society 

A young couple (Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers) discover they have inherited a derelict cinema the locals call "the fleapit." The staff is a bickering triad of fantastic character actors: Peter Sellers as Mr. Quill, the projectionist, Margaret Rutherford as Mrs. Fazackalee, the cashier, and Bernard Miles as Old Tom, the usher. McKenna and Travers gamely succumb to the joys and pains of running a decrepit single screen: elaborate concessions sales schemes, customers who want to pay in pork chops, and the eternal problems of management vs. projection. A love letter to movie houses and their occupants that will be felt keenly by anyone who watched a multiplex go up around the corner and secretly wished that it would mysteriously burn to the ground.

Imported 35MM print

Technical Information

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

Urgh! A Music War

A FILM BY: Derek Burbidge
STARRING: Wall of Voodoo, Stan Ridgway, Marc Moreland

Presented by The Chicago Film Society | CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Unabashed propaganda for the new wave of rock ’n’ roll on the rise at the head of the Reagan era, URGH! A MUSIC WAR captured some of the most exciting musical acts of its era live in prime form. URGH! provided each of its 24 bands the space of a single song to leave an indelible impression before moving along. Urgh! has endured as a vital time capsule of its musical moment, presented in hi-fi with relatively little corporate intervention. So please join us as we present Devo, Echo & the Bunnymen, X, 999, Klaus Nomi, Au Pairs, Oingo Boingo, UB40, The Cramps, Gary Numan, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, XTC, and many more in the musical event of 1981. 

Co-presented with CHIRP 107.1 FM

Technical Information

Production Year: 1981
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: 35mm

Music Box Theatre

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