The Chicago Rep-port 4/6-4/12, by Aaron Pinkston
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St
As part of the 23rd annual Asian American Showcase, rare silent film The Dragon Painter (William Worthington, 1919, DigiBeta video) screens on Saturday, April 7. The film stars the most prominent Asian American actor of the time, Hayakawa, who is best known for The Cheat. Musician Goh Nakamura will be provide live musical accompaniment and will lead a post-screening panel discussion on the film.
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave
This weekend’s midnight selection, playing both Friday and Saturday night, is the crazy New York tale of brotherly love, Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter, 1982, 4K DCP). From one of the great rebel filmmakers of the 80s and 90s, Basket Case is a bizarre horror comedy and beautiful time capsule portrait of New York City. And, of course, there is Belial inside the wicker basket, one of the strangest horror monster icons of the era.
Doc Films, 1212 E 59th St # 3
The Spring 2018 series calendar is now in full swing, featuring the best of Canadian cinema, the Korean New Wave, the work of Elia Kazan and Michael Haneke, and more! Here is the breakdown of the calendar along with this week’s screenings:
Sundays, Miracle on the Han River: The Korean New Wave: Barking Dogs Never Bite (Bong Joon-ho, 2000, 35mm), an early film from one of the movement’s preeminent auteurs, a darkly comedic revenge tale with a violent encounter with man’s best friend.
Mondays, Beyond Hollywood North: Contemporary Canadian Voices and Visions: The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997, 35mm), the survivors and families move on after a tragic bus accident strikes a small British Columbia community.
Tuesdays, Tremors of an Unknown Passion: A Michael Haneke Retrospective: 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Michael Haneke, 1994, 35mm), one of the filmmaker’s earliest films, interwoven narratives on human nature, violence, and chance.
Wednesdays, Elia Kazan: A Retrospective: A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951, 35mm), Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh play out this Southern romance from Tennessee Williams.
Thursdays, “Love Is a Matter of Timing…”: Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004, 35mm), the middle section of Linklater’s Before trilogy, where Jesse and Celine are reunited in Paris with a bit more life experience.
Thursdays, Shattered Visions: Loss of Identity in Cinema: Pink Floyd: The Wall (Alan Parker, 1982, 35mm), drug influenced daydreams of an English rock musician are scored to one of the greatest rock albums ever made.
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
This April at the Logan Theatre is a rundown of some of the most iconic, badass, amazing action films of all time. This week features sword-wielding heroes on complete opposite ends of the art/entertainment spectrum. Machete (Robert Rodriguez, 2010, format unknown) plays April 6-9 and Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954, format unknown) plays April 10-12.
Northwestern Block Museum of Art Cinema, 40 Arts Cir Dr., Evanston
On Thursday, April 12, a free program of short films from legendary distributor of independent and experimental cinema Canyon Films will be screened. Included are Path of Cessation (Robert Fulton, 1974, 16mm), Mosori Monika (Chick Strand, 1970, 16mm), The Five Bad Elements (Mark LaPore, 1997, 16mm), and Au Sud (Sandra Davis, 1991, 16mm).
Davis Theater, 4614 N Lincoln Ave
On Thursday, April 12, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wallace Worsley, 1923, format unknown), starring screen legend Lon Chaney will be screened with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. The event also will include local vendors, free posters, a charity auction, and all proceeds going to Vital Bridges.