(George Stevens, 1936) · After gambler Lucky (Astaire) is tricked into missing his wedding, he heads to New York to make the $25,000 he needs in order to marry his fiancé. Instead, Lucky falls in love with dance instructor Penny (Rogers), though their preexisting romantic engagements complicate the relationship. Swing Time is often noted as Astaire and Rogers’ best dance musical; dance scholar John Mueller noted the film possessed “the greatest dancing in the history of the universe.”
runtime: 103 min format: 35mm
(Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, 2009) · Through an ambitious, nonlinear, and multi-stranded narrative, this unsparing and starkly realistic drama traces the effects of a brutal vendetta killing on numerous individuals—Christians and Muslims, Arabs and Israelis, all residing in the rough neighborhood of Ajami—whose lives collide in ways expected and unexpected. Few films have illuminated the socio-political and cultural fissures in Israeli life today with the feverish eloquence and urgency of Ajami. This screening is free and open to the public. Students from J Street UChicago will be hosting an optional discussion in the theater directly following the film
runtime: 124 min format: 35mm
(Mel Brooks, 1974) · Gene Wilder stars as medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in this comedic adaptation of the famous tale of Frankenstein's monster. Continuing the experiments of his late grandfather with the help of his three assistants, Igor, Inga, and Frau, Dr. Frankenstein creates his own monster; but when his fiancé arrives unexpectedly, complications occur. Entirely in black and white, this Mel Brooks film invokes the ambience of the original pictures.
runtime: 106 min format: DCP
(Luca Guadagnino, 2009) · Swinton and director Guadagnino developed this film from scratch over 11 years, and their attempt to revive classical melodrama results in a love story that is lush yet very simple. At the center of the colorful costumes, Italian scenery, and sensuous food is Emma (Swinton), the Russian wife of an Italian aristocrat. Inspired by her daughter’s coming out, she too opts to follow her heart and begins a brutally passionate affair with a young chef.
runtime: 120 min format: 35mm
(Robert Wise, 1963) · Bringing Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House to the big screen, Robert Wise crafts a twisted haunted house story. Dr. Markway, seeking to investigate the house’s evil nature, brings along Eleanor and Theo, two women with supernatural pasts, and Luke, the heir to the house, but the house soon takes a special interest in Eleanor herself. According to Martin Scorsese, the “absolutely terrifying” The Haunting is also the scariest film of all time.
runtime: 112 min format: Blu-Ray
(Martin Scorsese, 1993) · Scrupulously recreating the world of the Edith Wharton novel on which the film is based, Scorsese faithfully conveys Wharton’s vision of a society defined by rigid, unspoken codes of conduct and the nearly imperceptible pressures of a social network determined to preserve the status quo. As a man falling in love with his fiancée’s cousin, Daniel Day-Lewis gives a virtuosic performance in which passion and propriety wrestle for victory.
runtime: 139 min format: 35mm
(Sam Mendes, 2015) · The fourth and likely the last installment in the James Bond reboot starring Daniel Craig, Spectre reintroduces the character of supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), not featured in a Bond film since 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever with Sean Connery. When a cryptic message from his past leads 007 to Mexico City and Rome, he uncovers the existence of Blofeld’s global crime syndicate SPECTRE and must stop his new (old) nemesis.
runtime: 148 min format: DCP
(Adam Elliot, 2009) · In his first feature, Australian animator Adam Elliot explores the life of Mary Daisy Dinkle, a lonely girl derided at school for the birthmark on her forehead. Her parents distant and her only friend a chicken, she randomly makes a lifetime pen pal friend of Max Horowitz (brilliantly voiced by Phillip Seymour Hoffman), an obese Jewish man in New York City with Asperger’s syndrome. Despite being so different, they discover they have everything in common.
runtime: 92 min format: 35mm