The Chicago Rep-port 9/1-9/7, 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.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St
One of the coolest rep series each year at the Siskel is their run of recently restored films and the 2017 line-up is particularly great. The first week of September features 6 newly restored classics, highlighted by a full week run of recently revived New York City tap dancing documentary No Maps on My Taps (George T. Nierenberg, 1979, DCP).
The other films being showcased in all their restored glory this week:
Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1989, 2K DCP), Friday, 9/1 and Saturday, 9/2
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001, 2K DCP), Saturday, 9/2 and Wednesday, 9/6
When Knighthood Was in Flower (Robert G. Vignola, 1922, 2K DCP), Sunday, 9/3
Monterey Pop (D.A. Pennebaker, 1968, 4K DCP), Sunday, 9/3 and Monday, 9/4
Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch, 1986, 4K DCP), Sunday, 9/3 and Thursday, 9/7
If you are interested in catching both Santa Sangre and Mulholland Drive, you should take advantage of the Saturday double-bill discount at a reduced rate!
Another series of interest at the Siskel this month is their latest partnership with the School of the Art Institute and lecture series: Making ‘Em Move: A History of Animation. Through the end of November, each Tuesday will feature a landmark animated film with a post-screening lecture led by film historian and University of Notre Dame professor Donald Crafton. The series kicks off with a recent film, Pixar’s beautifully photo-realistic The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn, 2015, DCP), with the Tuesday screening and discussion plus an additional screening (sans lecture) on Saturday, September 2.
Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave
This weekend’s entry into the matinee series Jimmy Through the Years features one of Stewart’s finest performances in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962, 35mm). One of the defining American Westerns, the film co-stars equal screen legend John Wayne in a tale of finding social order in the wild West. It screens on both Saturday and Sunday at 11:30.
If you’ve missed the recent opportunities to catch up with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (David Lynch, 1992, DCP) at some of Chicago’s other rep theaters, the midnight screening on Saturday night might be your last chance to see it on the big screen. As a bonus attraction, a super-secret surprise post-film screening is planned if you don’t mind being up too late.
The fine folks at the Chicago Film Society are presenting a rare screening of a masterpiece in French pulp, Serie Noire (Alain Corneau, 1979, 35mm) on Monday, September 4. Based on an American crime novel by Jim Thompson, the film is adapted in a post-punk style with a touch of the avant garde.
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
The Logan Theatre is celebrating Labor Day weekend with two fantastic rep screenings from September 1-4: children’s adventure flick The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985, format unknown) and the slightly more sinister neo-noir Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974, format unknown).
Following on September 5-7 they kick off their newest late night series featuring some of the cringiest classics of all time. First up is Motel Hell (Kevin Connor, 1980, format unknown), a fantastic cannibal horror comedy.
Cinemark Theaters, various Chicagoland locations
Remember when we used to have summers free? As children are going back to school it is a painful reminder that we all had to continue working the past three months. The Cinemark Classic this week feels your pain with the quintessential terrible job movie, Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999, format unknown). It plays on Sunday and Wednesday this week.
Chicago Park District Movies in the Park, various Chicago locations
Summer may be winding down but there are more Movies in the Park to enjoy. Here are some of this week’s highlights: Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986, format unknown) at Kathy Osterman Beach (5800 N. Lake Shore Dr.) on Monday, 9/4; Raising Arizona (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1987, format unknown) at Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen Avenue) on Thursday, 9/7.