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Moulin Rouge, A Night with Janis Joplin among Gene Siskel Film Center events

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OCTOBER SERIES: Screening/Lecture Series: Viewing Positions ( through December 10 ): This series uses a wide variety of films to demonstrate the different relationships that films establish with the viewer, and the thematic, cultural, and ideological implications of those differences. With weekly Tuesday lectures by artist and longtime art and film critic Fred Camper, this series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. In November, the following will be showcased: Edie Sedgwick in Andy Warhol's BEAUTY #2 plus Stan Brakhage's THE RIDDLE OF LUMEN ( November 5 ), both in 16mm; Hollis Frampton's ZORNS LEMMA and Stan Brakhage's SONGS 1-7 ( November 12 ), both in 16mm; Lucrecia Martel's THE HOLY GIRL ( November 15 & 19 ) in 35mm; and Hou Hsiao-hsien's THREE TIMES ( November 22 & 26 ) in 35mm. .

UCLA Festival of Preservation ( November 1-December 4 ): The UCLA Film & Television Archive opens up its vaults and presents the cream of its latest restorations to the public with Frank Borzage's THE MORTAL STORM ( November 2 & 6 ) in 35mm; Arthur Ripley's VOICE IN THE WIND ( November 1 & 2 ); L.Q. Jones' A BOY AND HIS DOG ( November 9 & 13 ); Christopher Munch's THE HOURS AND TIMES ( November 8 & 9 ); Delmer Daves' THE RED HOUSE ( November 16 & 20 ) in 35mm; Robert Florey's THE CROOKED WAY ( November 16 & 18 ); Felix Feist's THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF ( November 23 & 25 ) in 35mm; Roland West's ALIBI ( November 23 & 27 ); Laurel & Hardy: Fugues of Destruction ( November 30 & December 4 ) featuring THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, HOG WILD in 35mm, BRATS in 35mm, and PERFECT DAY in 35mm; and John G. Blystone's MY LIPS BETRAY ( November 30 & December 2 ) in 35mm.

Conversations at the Edge ( September 26-November 21 ) is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. The series is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank. Presented November with guests in person will be: An Evening with Hiwa K ( November 7 ) featuring a selection of such films as PRE-IMAGE ( BLIND AS THE MOTHER TONGUE ) and A VIEW FROM ABOVE; SPELL REEL ( November 14 ); and Image Employment with films A NEW PRODUCT, COME TO ME PARADISE and BLACK TO TECHNO.


Back by popular demand! National Theatre Live: FLEABAG ( November 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 30 ): This hilarious, award-winning one-woman show—featuring recent Emmy Award-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge—that inspired the hit TV series looking at an oversexed, emotionally unfiltered, and self-obsessed woman living her sort of life.

Chicago premiere! In the powerful documentary THE CAVE ( November 1-7 ), Dr. Amani Ballor and her largely female staff work out of a subterranean hospital to treat the trapped citizens of the Syrian city of Ghouta.

The music-packed documentary LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE ( November 1-7 ) follows the career of the extraordinarily talented, impossible-to-pigeonhole, legendary singer. Presented as part of Panorama Latinx.

Chicago premiere! An unusual finishing school for young ladies of the upper-crust conceals a sinister purpose in the wild, candy-colored fantasy PARADISE HILLS ( November 1-7 ). A 6:30 pm reception sponsored by the Gene Siskel Film Center's Associate Producers auxiliary group precedes the November 6 screening.

New 4K restoration! In MR. KLEIN ( November 8-21 ), an art-dealer profiting off Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris finds himself mistaken for a Jewish man with whom he shares a name.

Chicago premiere! The lively and surprising documentary STUFFED ( November 8-14 ) takes a look at the fascinating and often dazzling world of taxidermy.

Chicago premiere! In THE SWEET REQUIEM ( November 8-14 ), a Tibetan woman living in North Delhi reflects on the tragedy-haunted trek she made with her father across the Himalayas fleeing Chinese persecution in this probing psychological drama.

First Chicago run! THE KINGMAKER ( November 15-21 ) is a revealing documentary portrait following the Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos as she maneuvers to catapult her son Ferdinand Jr. to the nation's presidency.

First Chicago run! The urgent documentary ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH ( November 22-27 ) takes viewers on a journey as awe-inspiring as it is terrifying in its remarkable visual survey of the ways by which humankind continues to ravage the earth.

Chicago premiere! JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH ( November 22-27 ): Amateur musician and winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Jim Allison takes an unorthodox approach as he searches for a cure for cancer in this engaging documentary.

First Chicago run! New 4K restoration! Filmmakers in person! In THE KILLING FLOOR ( November 22-27 ), an African-American stockyard worker in Chicago finds himself caught in a crossfire of bitter conflicts that will explode in the infamous race riot of summer 1919. Producer-writer Elsa Rassbach and lead actor Damien Leake are scheduled to appear on November 22 ( 7:45 only ) and November 23 ( both shows ); they will be joined via Skype by director Bill Duke ( tentative ).

Chicago premiere! Legally prevented from release for many years, the revealing documentary CELEBRATION ( November 29-December 5 ) pulls back the curtain on the preparations for designer Yves Saint Laurent's final collection.

DOWNTON ABBEY ( November 29-December 5 ): The hit TV series comes to the big screen, with Downton Abbey playing host to King George V and Queen Mary. The December 5 screening is a Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club event ( see SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS below ).

In GIVE ME LIBERTY ( November 29-December 5 ), the driver of a medical transport van ferries a clutch of passengers with special needs and an odd assortment of hangers-on to their daily destinations in this high-energy comedy set in Milwaukee.

In MONOS ( November 29-December 5 ), a group of teenage guerillas working for a remote revolution are left to their own devices in the jungle, leading to a violent internal power struggle. .


New 4K restoration! MOULIN ROUGE ( November 8, 10, 13 ): John Huston tackles the life and loves of artist Henri Toulose-Lautrec in this Technicolor biopic.

Chicago premiere! A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN ( November 9, 11 ) is the Tony Award® nominated Broadway musical sensation celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences—a must-see for all Joplin fans. .

National Theatre Live: Mistaken identities and transformations are at the center of this new staging of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM ( November 10 ), Shakespeare's canonical comedy. .

Fringe Benefits: The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a monthly series dedicated to provocative and outré films that have galvanized audiences and critics alike. Featured will be ORLANDO ( November 15 & 21 ) starring Tilda Swinton in 35mm. Blessed with an undying youth, the nobleman Orlando unexpectedly wakes up a woman one day and must contend with the attentions of male suitors, gendered inheritance laws, and motherhood. . .

Jonathan Rosenbaum in person! In THE GREEN FOG ( November 16 ), co-directed by Guy Maddin, the story of Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO is retold with clips from over a hundred San Francisco-set movies and TV shows that uncannily match moments from the original. Critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum, whose new book Cinematic Encounters 2 includes an essay on THE GREEN FOG, is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

Chicago premiere! The adventurous life of actor and director Dennis Hopper gets a fresh twist in ALONG FOR THE RIDE ( November 16 ), a freewheeling memoir told from the point of view of his right-hand man Satya De La Manitou. Preceded by the short A HERO OF OUR TIME presented in a new digital restoration. Director Nick Ebeling and executive producer J.C. Gabel are scheduled to appear for audience discussion. .

New 4K restoration! In THE LAST MOVIE ( November 17 & 18 ), a Hollywood film crew takes over a remote Peruvian village in the most fragmented, self-referential, and self-indulgent neo-Western in history, courtesy of writer/director/star Dennis Hopper. .

Creative Cypher and the Gene Siskel Film Center's Black Harvest Film Festival present New Breed Film Showcase: A Creative Cypher Collaboration ( November 20 ) featuring six films highlighting emerging creators and providing an environment of pure creative energy: MONITA, THE ORCHESTRA, 'TIL DEATH, 35 YEARS TIL NOW, BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS: EPISODE 2 and BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS: EPISODE 3. Filmmakers Briana Clearly, Curtis Matzke, David Saunders, and Patrick Wimp are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Mellisa Duprey. Preceding the screening will be a DJ Mixer with food. .

BRITANNICUS ( November 23 ): Based on the story of a takeover of power whose plot twists are rooted in the personality of the young emperor, director Stéphane Braunschweig takes viewers to a space evoking a "modern, real place of power designed to hold discussions to which the people have no access and where decisions are made," highlighting "the close interweaving of the psychological and the political" ( verbiage courtesy of Pathé ), Presented in collaboration with Alliance rancaise de Chicago. Actor Park Krausen of Atlanta's Theatre du Reve, and ensemble member of Goodman Theatre, will be present for audience discussion.

Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club examines DOWNTON ABBEY ( December 5 ), featuring a post-screening discussion moderated by Virginia Heaven, Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Columbia College Chicago. . .

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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening—unless stated otherwise—are $12/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago ( AIC ) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) faculty, staff, and students. Friday matinee tickets are $8 each. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center's website or through the individual films' weblinks on . There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 9:00 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Sunday.


Film Center members pay $5 per screening to the Screening/Lecture Series: Viewing Positions ( August 30-December 10 ).

UCLA ( November 1-December 4 ) DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT! Buy a ticket at the regular prices for the first UCLA film on any Saturday in November, and get a ticket for the second UCLA film that day at the discounted rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. ( This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only. )

Tickets to National Theatre Live: FLEABAG ( November 1-30 ) and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM ( November 10 ) are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members.

DENNIS HOPPER DISCOUNT! Buy a ticket at the regular prices for ALONG THE RIDE, and get a ticket for THE LAST MOVIE at the discounted rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. ( This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only. )

BRITANNICUS ( November 23 ) special ticket prices: $6/Film Center and Alliance Fran��aise members and $5/students. The usual $12/general admission price still applies.

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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 ( Individual ) and $80 ( Dual ). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit

Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake ( Red line ); State/Lake ( Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines ); and Washington ( Blue line ). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 ( 24-hour movie hotline ) or 312-846-2600 ( general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday ), or visit .

About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to over 100,000. The Film Center's programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today's independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,700 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit to learn more and find out what's playing today.

About Panorama Latinx

Panorama Latinx is an initiative of the Gene Siskel Film Center dedicated to year-round Latin American programming. The Film Center engages the dynamic Latinx community of greater Chicago through showcasing the work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers educational screenings, and community partnerships. .

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) has been a leader in educating the world's most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC's undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at .

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