Friday, October 4 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Philip Kaufman and Benjamin Manaster • 1964
A ragtag, charmingly self-conscious attempt at forging an American nouvelle vague, Goldstein was the first feature of University of Chicago graduate Philip Kaufman. Shot entirely on the streets of Chicago during the fall of 1963, Goldstein offers an invaluable record of apartments, factories, and downtown movie palaces soon buried by urban renewal. The loose storyline follows the audacious adventures of a Hassidic hobo (Lou Gilbert) who emerges from Lake Michigan, but the many digressions include visits with folksy poets, wacky abortionists, novelist Nelson Algren, and Second City veterans Severn Darden, Anthony Holland, and Tom Erhard. A rousing success at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, where it won La prix de la nouvelle critique, Goldstein reminds us, too, of the perilous fate of many independent productions. With no studio to look after it and the original camera negative long missing, Goldstein has been newly restored from Kaufman’s personal print. Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. (KW)
Co-presented with Chicago Film Archives
84 min • Montrose Film Productions • 35mm from George Eastman House
Goldstein is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.
Come back next Wednesday and you’ll never look at bugs the same way again…
Wednesday, October 9 @ 7:30pm
MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN
Directed by Dave Fleischer • 1941
Deep in the heart of New York City, a tiny town of adorable bugs is threatened by the impending construction of a skyscraper—and it’s up to a friendly grasshopper to relocate Bug Town to greener pastures. Things work out for Hoppity and friends, but 1941 wasn’t a very good year for Fleischer Studios: production on Mr. Bug Goes to Town began before their first weird and wonderful animated feature Gulliver’s Travels was released, and the Fleischers ran out of money about halfway in. Paramount bought the studio and funded the rest of the feature, but Max and Dave were forced to quit when the film tanked at the box office. (It didn’t help that the movie was released two days before Pearl Harbor). As his girlfriend Honey would say: “Oh Hoppity, you make everything so complicated!” (This after Mr. Bug accidentally blows up part of Bug Town by trying to extinguish a cigar with gasoline.) Financial disasters aside, Mr. Bug Goes to Town is as worthy of the animation canon as any of Disney’s best films, and the Fleischer’s strange signature rotoscoped humans and backgrounds are eerily compelling. (JA)
78 min • Fleischer Studios • 35mm from Paramount
Before the show, join us for an hour of hands-on fun with live bugs presented by scientist Jim Louderman and interactive exhibits about the secret lives of insects from the Harris Learning Collection at the Field Museum!