The Chicago Film Society Presents

Sun, Apr 21st, 2019
Mon, May 27th, 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 for Advance Tickets to EASTER PARADE

Movies & Showtimes for
The Chicago Film Society Presents

Sun, Apr 21st
Easter Parade


Easter Parade

A FILM BY: Charles Walters
WRITTEN BY: Sidney Sheldon, Frances Goodrich
STARRING: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford

Presented by the Chicago Film Society / CLICK HERE for Advance Tickets

When Broadway star Fred Astaire gets dumped by his current dancing partner, he sets out to make a dancing star out of the next person he sees, which happens to be Judy Garland. Despite the relatively breezy plot, Easter Parade has a palpable intensity culminating from years of studio pressure put on Judy Garland since her days as a child performer. Easter Parade is wired, and the film features some of Garland's best work (and Astaire's too), all the more impressive because it transcends the environment that created it – ironically, M-G-M billed it as "the happiest musical ever made." The last film Garland would make for musical maverick Arthur Freed (Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon), Easter Parade was M-G-M's highest grossing film of 1948 and Garland's most critically successful film until A Star is Born in 1954. With seventeen songs including "Steppin' Out with My Baby," "We're a Couple of Swells," and "It Only Happens When I Dance With You," which Irving Berlin wrote specifically for Judy Garland. | 35mm from Warner Brothers

Short: "Adventures of Bunny Rabbit" (Erpi Classroom Films, Inc., 1937) – 9 min – 16mm

Technical Information

Production Year: 1948
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: 35mm

Mickey One

WRITTEN BY: Alan Surgal
STARRING: Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield

Presented by the Chicago Film Society

Two years before the release of Bonnie and Clyde, Arthur Penn directed this underseen French New Wave-esque, film noir-inspired, and jazz-fueled head trip shot on location on the streets of Detroit and Chicago. Warren Beatty flexes his beautiful muscles in a classic Beatty-role of a fast-talking narcissistic stand-up comic on the run from the mob. His fears of faceless pursuers launches him into a frightening and seemingly endless game of hide and seek filled with dead ends, sinister soup kitchens, and a monstrous Rube Goldberg contraption in front of Marina City that will spin your head. Don't try too hard to solve the riddles of this wacked-out urban odyssey lest they come after YOU next. Featuring a brilliant jazz score by composer Eddie Sauter and saxophonist Stan Getz.

Presented with the Jazz Institute of Chicago as part of JIC's 50th Anniversary

***Preceded by the Short: "The Cry of Jazz" (Ed Bland, 1959) - 34 min - 35mm Restored by Anthology Film Archives***

Technical Information

Production Year: 1965
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: 35mm

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