The Chicago Rep-port 10/13-10/19, by Aaron Pinkston
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.
Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd
If you missed this year’s Music Box of Horrors, you still have another chance to catch a 24-hour horror marathon in Chicago (if you’re crazy enough). Starting at noon on Saturday, October 14, Terror in the Aisles’ The Massacre is sure to fright and delight with a fantastic lineup from the scary to the odd, amazing special guests, awesome local vendors, and some surprises.
The lineup includes:
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946, format unknown)
House on Haunted Hill (William Castle, 1959, format unknown)
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (John D. Hancock, 1971, format unknown) — with Hancock in person!
Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983, format unknown) — with star Felissa Rose in person!
Creepshow (George A. Romero, 1982, format unknown)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Tobe Hooper, 1986, format unknown)
Aliens (James Cameron, 1986, format unknown)
Terror Train (Roger Spottiswoode, 1980, format unknown)
Drive In Massacre (Stu Segall, 1976, format unknown)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (Herschell Gordon Green, 1964, format unknown)
The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968, format unknown)
Night of the Living Dead (Tom Savini, 1990, format unknown)
Tickets are only $20 in advance, available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3019715
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St
On the heels or their Recently Restored series, the Siskel is highlighting their annual UCLA Festival of Preservation this month. This week features two films: Robert Cummings and Susan Hayward romantic noir The Lost Moment (Martin Gabel, 1947, 35mm) and ahead-of-its-time domestic abuse drama Open Secret (John Reinhardt, 1948, 35mm). The Lost Moment screens on Friday and Saturday this weekend and Open Secret is showing on Saturday and Monday. If you’re up for both, you can purchase a double-bill ticket for the Saturday screenings at a discounted rate!
October also features a retrospective look at one of international cinema’s most challenging and innovative filmmakers (and one of Chicago’s favorite sons), Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This week features perhaps his most popular and accessible (if that can be a thing with Weerasethakul), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010, 35mm) on Friday and Sunday.
Making ‘Em Move: A History of Animation, the Siskel’s series in association with the School of the Art Institute, continues this week with a Saturday and Tuesday screenings the beautiful and devastating animated documentary Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008, 35mm). Mixing interviews with animated recreations, the film is a unique cinematic vision. As an added bonus, the screening on Tuesday, October 17 includes a post-screening discussion led by Notre Dame Professor Donald Crafton.
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave
In a relatively light week for repertory screenings at the Music Box (though you should definitely go see Harry Dean Stanton’s swansong Lucky during its week-long engagement), the highlight is two midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the height of horror-comedy, Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987, 35mm).
For the morning crowd, Jimmy Through the Years continues with Saturday and Sunday matinee screenings of Jimmy Stewart’s second collaboration with the master of suspense, Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954, 35mm). The masterpiece of murder and voyeurism is an absolute must-see on the big screen.
Doc Films, 1212 E 59th St # 3
The fall slate of nightly film series at Doc Films is underway and it is an impressive slate (as usual). Here is the rundown along with this week’s screenings:
Fridays, From Here to Eternity: A Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift Retrospective: Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980, 35mm), starring Lancaster and Susan Sarandon (also showing on Sunday, October 15)
Sundays, Love is Colder than Death: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: The American Soldier (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970, 35mm)
Mondays, Commedia All’Italiana: Italian Comedy in the 60’s and 70’s: Seduced and Abandoned (Pietro Germi, 1964, 35mm)
Tuesdays, Dreams and Ashes: Essentials of Polish Cinema: The Saragossa Manuscript (Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1965, DCP)
Wednesdays, Il Padrone: An Al Pacino Retrospective: Serpico (Sidney Lumet, 1973, 35mm)
Thursdays, Growing Up: Coming of Age Around the World: Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956, DCP)
Thursdays, Down the Rabbit Hole: Mindfucks and Mysteries at the Movies: Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000, 35mm)
Also showing this Monday is a special screening of The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970, 35mm), one of the great European crime films of its era.
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
October’s Horror Movie Madness! brings four more spooky, creepy, and terrifying flicks this week. First up, showing October 13-16, are an originator of the modern hack and slash killer Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980, format unknown) and the first and best of exorcism horror The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973, format unknown) in its Director’s Cut.
Following on October 17-19 are classic Universal Studios sideshow-set Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932, format unknown) and intense Stephen King thriller Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990, format unknown).
Cinemark Theaters, various Chicagoland locations
If you need another non-horror rep pick this week, the Cinemark Classics series is highlighting the great fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987, format unknown), showing on Sunday and Wednesday this week. Hey, you can even pair it with the Logan Theatre’s screening of Misery for a when-Rob-Reiner-was-good double feature!