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Super 16 Celebration Launches Quietly, Slowly, Beautifully with Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy – Jan. 15 on 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University
Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Read our interview with Will Oldham on the blog

Wednesday, January 15 @ 7:30 PM
OLD JOY
Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2006
A stunning, gentle film about the quiet dissolution of friendship that happens without anyone stopping to notice, Old Joy stars Will Oldham and David London as a pair of old friends who take a roadtrip in an iconic brown Volvo to a hot spring in the Oregon woods. Adapted from a short story written by Kelly Reichardt’s frequent collaborator Jonathan Raymond (Wendy and Lucy, Night Moves, and Meek’s Cutoff), Old Joy was described by Reichardt as a “New Age Western.” Without a horse in sight, it combines the myth of the West with the sadness and uncertainty of post-9/11, talk-radio-infused America. The filmwas shot on an Aaton A-Minima Super 16mm camera, which was small enough to fit in a backpack and travel into the forest with a tiny crew. Limited by the camera’s half-size magazine to five-minute takes, Reichardt recalls, “For me, keeping the apparatus small is how I work best. I just want to make a film where there are no walkie-talkies or Blackberrys. I just want to go off with a group of friends. I’m better at making films that are private environments. It’s less excess, which means I won’t have a dolly shot, but that’s okay.” (JA)
Screening in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Super 16 format!
76 min • filmscience • 35mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, Permission Janus
Film Stock: Kodak 2383 (2006) Lab: DuArt
Preceded by: “Portland” (Greta Snider, 1996) – 12 min – 16mm from Canyon Cinema

“A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year” — Manohla Dargis

“It’s just… right. The right image in the right place at the right time. Necessary. Essential.” — Roger Ebert

Watch the trailer for OLD JOY


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The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University
Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, January 22 @ 7:30 PM
LOVE ME TONIGHT
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian • 1932
The frothy, continental musical was something of a cottage industry for Paramount Pictures in the early sound era, but Rouben Mamoulian had something different in mind from the comparatively sedentary films set in well-furnished rooms that the studio was putting out. Favoring fluid, promenading camerawork and bombastic cinematic rhythms inspired by European surrealists like René Clair, Love Me Tonight showed that the movie musical could use more than just songs to prove its musicality, revolutionizing the form by moving its setpieces down boulevards and straight through windows and imbuing whole towns with the spirit of a tune. Maurice Chevalier stars as a lowly tailor who falls for Jeannette MacDonald’s haughty princess. Hamstrung by their class difference, he presents himself to her as a baron and launches a cascade of double entendres amidst a campaign to thaw her heart. Furnished with wall-to-wall hits courtesy of songwriting team Rodgers and Hart (most famously Chevalier’s signature tune “Isn’t It Romantic?,” which anchors one of the film’s most charming flights of fancy) and a scene-stealing supporting cast (particularly ne’er-do-well Charles Ruggles and a gloriously horny Myrna Loy), Love Me Tonight indulged heedlessly in all of the pleasures the movie musical could thus far offer, earning it a vaunted status as one of the genre’s most reliably intoxicating offerings. (CW)
89 min • Paramount • 35mm from Universal
Preceded by: Betty Boop in “Betty Boop’s Big Boss” (Fleischer Brothers, 1933) – 7 min – 16mm

Watch the trailer for LOVE ME TONIGHT


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