Monthly Archives: September 2015

Snag a Ride to Luis Buñuel’s Surrealist Ode to Mass Transit: Illusion Travels By Streetcar in 35mm!

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

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Tuesday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM
ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR
Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1954
On the night before it’s set to be sent to the scrapyard, a conductor (Carlos Navarro) and fare collector (Fernando Soto) take streetcar number 133 on one last joyride through Mexico City, giving free rides to anyone who will take them. (At one point, 133 is filled with butchers – and their enormous slabs of meat – who just finished working the late shift). Our two heroes wake up in the back of the car hungover, and race to return it before their supervisor notices. Shot quickly on location in three weeks, Illusion Travels by Streetcar has the creaky energy and humor of an early talkie. A plea against the reckless and incompetent destruction of things which are perfectly useful by bean counters who are perfectly useless, Illusion Travels by Streetcar is also an unsentimental, humanist ode to machines and the “little” people who care for them, hence an NWCFS natural. (JA)
In Spanish with English subtitles
82 min • Clasa Films Mundiales • 35mm from Kino Lorber
Introduced by Paul A Schroeder Rodriguez, Professor of Spanish, NEIU

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Linda! Linda! Linda! America’s Favorite Juvenile Delinquent in Dennis Hopper’s Out of the Blue

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

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Wednesday, September 30 @ 7:00 PM
OUT OF THE BLUE

Directed by Dennis Hopper • 1980
Dennis Hopper, the prodigal son of American cinema, returns to the director’s chair for the first time since his reviled 1971 masterwork The Last Movie. Initially signed only to play doting daddy and perennial fuckup Don Barnes, Hopper took over the production when the original director was fired after two weeks. Days of Heaven alumna Linda Manz stars as Hopper’s daughter Cebe—as in CB radio, the platform she uses to exhort her distant buddies to mourn Elvis and kill hippies. Drifting from nightclubs to motels like the avenging angel of an R-rated after-school special, Manz delivers a performance for the ages. (Asked how much of her own life informed Cebe, Manz answered ominously, “A hundred percent! In all my movies, I’m just being myself.”) Though acclaimed by Roger Ebert and Vincent Canby, Out of the Blue went undistributed in America until 1983, and then only in a handful of theaters. Contra Hopper, Neil Young may not be the voice of the blank generation, but don’t let the soundtrack fool you: Out of the Blue is one of the essential punk films. (KW)
94 min • Discovery Films • 35mm from Discovery Productions, Inc.

 

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So This Is Lubitsch: Rare 1926 Comedy with Live Accompaniment by Jay Warren – Restored 35mm Print

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

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Wednesday, September 16th @ 7:00 PM
SO THIS IS PARIS
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1926
For a filmmaker who often plumbed the monotony of monogamy and celebrated the upside of infidelity, Ernst Lubitsch was himself remarkably faithful to formula. So This Is Paris shared cast, crew, and effortless insouciance with Lubitsch’s previous romantic farces The Marriage Circle and Lady Windermere’s Fan, and emerged all the more magical for its mastery of routine. Monte Blue and Patsy Ruth Miller star as a Parisian couple whose marriage is threatened by the very public exertions of their dancing neighbors Lilyan Tashman and André Beranger. But which is the greater threat:  Blue’s steamy, secret past with Tashman, or Miller’s weakness in the face of Beranger’s superlative seduction technique? For an ostensibly simple comedy, So This Is Paris is packed with superfluous detail and gobsmacking production design. Not for nothing did critic J. Hoberman describe it as “a good-natured send-up of sheikhs, jazz babies and would-be wife swappers, replete with binge drinking, outrageous Freudian symbolism and a writhing kaleidoscope that must be the ultimate Charleston scene.” (KW)
68 min • Warner Bros. • 35mm from the Library of Congress

Co-presented by the Silent Film Society of Chicago with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren

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Girls with Guns: William A. Wellman’s
Westward the Women – Archival 35mm Print

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

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Wednesday, September 9th @ 7:00 PM
WESTWARD THE WOMEN
Directed by William A. Wellman • 1951
This atypical Western starts out with a typical premise, in which the founder of a California town in need of marriageable women hires tough-guy trail guide Buck Wyatt (Robert Taylor) to bring a party of women (Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson, and Julie Bishop among them) from Chicago to California. The film’s 1851 equivalent of a mail-order bride scheme becomes a vehicle for gathering a variety of female characters together to face the struggles of overland travel. Many of the men are quickly dispatched in order to focus on the group dynamics of the women themselves, as a disparate bunch of largely incapable women transforms into a strong and capable sisterhood of pioneers. Among the last films from M-G-M producer Dore Schary’s short-lived socially conscious genre slate (Border Incident, Devil’s Doorway), Westward the Women gives its female characters enough individuality and autonomy to make their migration truly feel like a choice: these women travel two thousand miles because they want husbands, not because the men they are marrying want wives.  (JR)
116 min • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer • 35mm from Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research

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Westward the Women – Archival 35mm Print