The Chicago Film Society Presents

Mon, Sep 27th, 2021
Mon, Oct 25th, 2021

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

Mon, Sep 27th
The Last of the Mohicans


The Last of the Mohicans

A FILM BY: Michael Mann
WRITTEN BY: James Fenimore Cooper (novel), John L. Balderston (adaptation), Paul Perez (adaptation)
STARRING: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means

Presented by Chicago Film Society | CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets 

The public domain prestige film is basically as old as Hollywood itself. Cheaper than adapting contemporary stories and more “respectable” than most of the fare on studios’ production slates, these films have long proved catnip for awards-hungry producers. You could be forgiven for writing off the genre as a whole, given how many of these films remain page-bound, turgid, and fit only for showing in 11th grade English classrooms, but then you’d be missing out on action film impresario Michael Mann’s essential contribution to the canon. Somewhere between a Colonial wuxia fight scene showcase and heartrending masculinist melodrama, The Last of the Mohicans was both a departure from Mann’s well-trod universe of moody cops and thieves and a perfect distillation of the romantic currents that define the director’s very best work. Daniel-Day Lewis stars, in a performance that is roughly 50% hair, as Nathaniel “Hawkeye” Poe, a white man raised among the Mohawk tribe who finds himself romantically entangled with the daughter of a British army officer and subsequently trapped between adversaries in the French and Indian War. Subsequently reissued digitally in a variety of different cuts, the original theatrical version has remained broadly unavailable since the VHS-era. We’ll be showing this cut in the best way possible, on 35mm, the only format capable of conveying the sumptuous beauty of both the film’s Blue Ridge Mountain locations and Lewis’s impeccable jawline.

Preceded by: Trailer reel

Technical Information

Production Year: 1992
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 112 mins
Format: 35mm

Shy People

A FILM BY: Andrei Konchalovsky
WRITTEN BY: Andrei Konchalovsky
STARRING: Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton

Presented by Chicago Film Society | CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets 

Do you love DELIVERANCE but find it too mannered and insufficiently attentive to mother-daughter dynamics? A lyrical cousin to John Boorman’s tight-lipped landmark of Southern sadism, SHY PEOPLE is one of the most unclassifiable artifacts of ’80s cinema, a grindhouse melodrama rife with contradictions.

The expansive vision of bayou life exudes a bathroom-stall graffiti vibe, but its international pedigree is second-to-none: intermittently ambitious Israeli exploitation mavens Golan and Globus, fresh off their first Oscar-nominated production, RUNAWAY TRAIN sent that film’s Russian auteur Andrei Konchalovsky to shoot on location in Louisiana, working from a script by Roman Polanski’s frequent collaborator, Frenchman Gérard Brach, and topped it all off with a score from German electronica favorite Tangerine Dream.

The cultural dislocation behind the camera is mirrored on screen, with Jill Clayburgh starring as a jet-setting Cosmopolitan journalist whose genealogy research sends her and daughter Martha Plimpton to a haunted swamp, with Louis Vuitton bags and The Cure paraphernalia in tow. There they meet distant relative Barbara Hershey and her unruly brood, who aren’t eager for a family reunion with unscrupulous city folk. Nestled among the trill of mosquitoes and speedboats and Chris Menges’s astonishingly humid ‘Scope cinematography is a surprisingly sensitive study of families and the work required to keep them above water. Hershey won a Best Actress citation at Cannes, but the cash-strapped producers dumped SHY PEOPLE on the gator circuit for a quick buck. “With slightly different handling,” lamented Roger Ebert, “SHY PEOPLE could have been a best-picture Oscar nominee.”

Preceded by: “Kudzu” (Marjorie Anne Short, 1977) – 16 min – 16mm *Encore Presentation!*

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: 35mm

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