Weeklong Runs

Haute Horror!


2008, Various directors, France, 85 min.

“Sinister and beautiful...reaches into the obscure shadow land of the human psyche.”--J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“Rusty alleyways and vaporous ghosts painted by the masters of dread...Thrilling, disturbing and haunting. Bring the kids!”--Guillermo del Toro

Burrowing insects that lay their eggs beneath human skin. A gaunt, cloaked figure stalking the night with a gaggle of wild dogs. A schoolgirl possessed by the spirit of an ancient Samurai ghost. These are but a few of the characters lurking about in this dazzling animated anthology, assembled by a cadre of leading graphic artists (including Blutch and Charles Burns). Presented in beautifully austere black-and-white, these tales plumb the dark recesses of the mind--cerebral, sexual, and primal. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (Christopher Sanew)

February 6--12
Fri., Tue., and Thu. at 8:15;
Sat at 3:00 and 7:00;
Sun. at 5:15;
Mon. and Wed. at 6:15


2008, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden, 114 min.
With Lina Leandersson and Kåre Hedebrant

“The film is terrific...mournfully beautiful entertainment...this is one of the real finds of 2008.”--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A spectacularly moving and elegant movie, and to mentally stuff it into the horror pigeonhole is to overlook a remarkable film.”--John Anderson, Washington Post

Bullied at school and left to his own devices at home, 12-year-old Oskar is a loner dreaming of revenge when he meets Eli, the new girl next door, and they quickly form a tender bond. As Oskar tries to get closer, he soon discovers that Eli--who is always cold and constantly reminds him “I’m not a girl”--is quite different from other kids. A surprise hit last fall, the film has already been slated for a big-budget American remake, but Alfredson’s adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s international bestseller is uniquely Swedish, beautiful, and quietly terrifying. In Swedish with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (Christopher Sanew)

February 6--12
Fri., Tue., and Thu at 6:00;
Sat at 4:45 and 8:45 pm;
Sun. at 3:00;
Mon. and Wed. at 8:00

Haute Horror discount!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices to either FEAR(S) OF THE DARK or LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and get a ticket to any performance of the other film at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only.)

Chicago premiere!
2006, Bertrand Normand, France, 77 min.

“Ballet lovers should adore.”--Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

“A surprisingly intimate portrait of what it means to be a ballerina.”--Gia Kourlas, Time Out New York

“Gorgeous…highlights the ethereal quality of these skillful superstars…reminiscent of the dancer-dreaming paintings of Degas”--Elliot K. Kotek, Moving Pictures

The Degas-like image of the ballerina comes up against its equally stunning opposite as the reality of a lifetime of rigorous training unfolds in this riveting documentary that is a must-see for any ballet fan. From the auditions where shivering nine-year-olds are inspected like merchandise to the inner sanctum of St. Petersburg’s Mariinski Theater (formerly the Kirov), BALLERINA reveals all the ingredients in the revered Russian formula for creating the classical ballerina. In Russian, French, and English with English subtitles. DigiBeta video. (BS)

February 13--19
Fri. and Mon.-Thu. at 6:00 pm and 7:45 pm;
Sat. at 3:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:15 pm;
Sun. at 3:00 pm and 4:45 pm

Chicago premiere!
2008, Kevin Rafferty, USA, 105 min.

“Preposterously entertaining...a narrative that pulses with the artful, exciting beats of a thriller.”--Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“The best football movie I’ve ever seen.”--J. Hoberman, Village Voice

It was The Game of Games. Late in the epochal year of 1968, traditional rivals Harvard and Yale met for their annual football face-off, with the powerhouse Yale team heavily favored. The Elis went into the final 42 seconds with an insurmountable 16-point lead, and then... With deceptive simplicity and masterful editing, director Rafferty captures not only the exceedingly exciting outcome but much more besides, including an obliquely revealing snapshot of a momentous time (with Garry Trudeau, Al Gore, Meryl Streep, and George W. Bush among those orbiting on the periphery of ground zero) and a poignant portrait of graying golden boys still haunted, puzzled, and amazed by events that happened forty years ago. DigiBeta video. (MR)

February 20--26
Fri. and Mon.-Thu. at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm;
Sat. at 3:15 pm, 5:15 pm, and 7:45 pm;
Sun. at 3:00 pm only

Nicholas Ray Back to Back!

Nicholas Ray remains one of the essential postwar American directors--a supreme romanticist, dynamic stylist, poet of alienation, and early master of the widescreen format. We present two CinemaScope and color classics with a fascinating mirror relationship to each other: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and BIGGER THAN LIFE, the latter in a newly struck 35mm print.

1955, Nicholas Ray, USA, 111 min.
With James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

“An unmissable film, made with a delirious compassion.”--Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Still the definitive youth movie, REBEL revolutionized the treatment of teenagers on screen as radically as “Rock Around the Clock” and “Hound Dog” revolutionized the pop music of the same period. Filled with legendary scenes and performances, this intensely romantic film compresses its action into little more than a day, during which a troubled middle-class boy (Dean) experiences a harrowing initiation into a new neighborhood. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

February 27--March 5
Fri., Tue., and Thu. at 6:00 pm;
Mon. and Wed. at 8:00 pm;
Sat. at 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm;
Sun. at 3:00 pm

New print!
1956, Nicholas Ray, USA, 95 min.
With James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau

“A key movie, one of the films that’s meant the most to me over the years.”--Martin Scorsese

“A revelatory new CinemaScope color print...this revival is not to be missed.”--Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Ray followed up REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE with this even more devastating critique of the confines of Fifties conformity. Felled by illness, a hard-working family man (Mason) is given a new wonder drug whose unforeseen side-effects include dementia and delusions of grandeur. The film’s specific anti-drug message is the pretext for a far-reaching statement on the demons haunting middle-class America. Overlooked when first released, BIGGER THAN LIFE is now considered by many critics to be one of the greatest films of the 1950s. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

February 27--March 5
Fri., Tue., and Thu. at 8:15 pm;
Mon. and Wed. at 6:00 pm;
Sat. at 3:00 pm and 7:15 pm;
Sun. at 5:15 pm

Nicholas Ray discount!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices to either REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE or BIGGER THAN LIFE, and get a ticket to any performance of the other film at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only.)

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