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The Chicago Rep-port 8/18-8/24, by Aaron Pinkston

17 Aug

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

The Siskel continues to honor Italian horror auteur Mario Bava with its series The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror with two more classics of pure giallo. First is Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava, 1964, DCP), a perfectly staged, beautifully shot tale of murder and fetishism. Shown on a digitally restored copy of the camera negative, it is playing Saturday and Tuesday. It is paired with the fantastically titled Kill, Baby…Kill! (Mario Bava, 1966, DCP), a different murder mystery with supernatural underpinnings and a kaleidoscopic visual sense. Kill, Baby…Kill! plays Saturday and Monday.

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The Chicago Rep-port 8/11-8/17, by Aaron Pinkston

10 Aug

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

The next two entries in the Siskel’s series on Italian horror auteur Mario Bava, The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror, offer the filmmaker’s masterpiece and gem starring a horror icon.

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The Chicago Rep-port: 8/4 to 8/10, by Aaron Pinkston

3 Aug

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

Turning the calendar into August, the Siskel’s rep series focuses on one of world cinema’s greatest and most overlooked artists, Italian provocateur Mario Bava, with The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror. As the grandfather of Italian giallo cinema, Bava’s films are as luscious as they are horrific. This week features three of his finest works: his incomplete final film, rediscovered after his death, Kidnapped (Mario Bava, 1974, DCP, 8/4 and 8/7); the original European cut of Black Sabbath (Mario Bava, 1963, DCP, 8/5 and 8/10); and Telly Savalas-as-Satan surrealist film Lisa and the Devil (Mario Bava, 1973, DCP, 8/5 and 8/8).

If you want to catch both Black Sabbath and Lisa and the Devil on Saturday, August 5 (and why wouldn’t you?), you can buy a double-bill ticket at a discounted rate!

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The Chicago Rep-port: 7/21 to 7/27, by Aaron Pinkston

24 Jul

 

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY, but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

Journeys Through French Cinema, a special slate of films showing in conjunction with the new Bertrand Tavernier documentary My Journey Through French Cinema, continues with three more pivotal films of French cinema.

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The Chicago Rep-port: 7/14 to 7/20, by Aaron Pinkston

13 Jul

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY, but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

One the heels of showing the Chicago premiere of Bertrand Tavernier new documentary My Journey Through French Cinema, the Siskel has put together a screening series of films that were highlighted by the great French auteur: Journeys Through French Cinema. Running through the end of July, the series features nine of the greatest films to come out of the prominent cinema, kicking off with three undoubted masterpieces.

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11 Jul

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27 Jun

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The Chicago Rep-port: 6/23 to 6/29, by Aaron Pinkston

22 Jun


Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY, but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes reaches its penultimate week with three more from the French auteur of cool, including some of his more enigmatic. 

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967, archival 35mm) might be the director’s masterpiece. At the very least, it has come to define his overall style with the simple look of Alain Delon at the center – the expressionless face, the trench coat and large brimmed hat, and his professional criminal code. It might not have created the lonesome hitman film genre but it has undoubtedly influenced a number of modern crime masterpieces from some of world cinema’s most prolific filmmakers. The ice-cold thriller screens on Friday and Saturday.

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The Chicago Rep-port: 6/16 to 6/22, by Aaron Pinkston

15 Jun

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

The third week of the Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes series shifts to two of the auteur’s less notable works. Second Breath (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1966, archival 35mm) and Two Men in Manhattan (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1959, DCP) may not be as popular or beloved as Le Cercle Rouge or the upcoming Army of Shadows but they both showcase the themes and style that make the director a distinct one.

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The Chicago Rep-port: 6/9 to 6/15, by Aaron Pinkston

8 Jun

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes continues on into its second week with a double feature of austere Jean-Paul Belmondo star vehicles. First up, on Saturday and Tuesday, is Le Doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962, 35mm), a hard-boiled noir with a recently released burglar Maurice (Serge Reggiani), who confides in his friend Serge (Belmondo) for help with a future crime—but can Serge, secretly a police informant, be trusted?

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