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December 2006 Film Calendar

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October 31, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema is a collaboration of the Northwestern University School of Communication, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and the student-run Film and Projection Society.

All films are screened in the Pick-Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum.

Unless noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, students with IDs and senior citizens. Films in the “Reeltime” series are free. Special events are $10. Season passes are $20. Tickets are available 30 minutes before show time.

For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block Cinema Web site at <http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema>.

This fall, Block Cinema is screening three new film series. The “Stanley Kubrick” series focuses on films by director, writer and cinematographer Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), one of the most important filmmakers of the 20th century. Kubrick's innovative cinematic techniques helped redefine the medium. Unlike many directors, Kubrick frequently insisted on operating the camera himself, and there are a few cinematic tricks that distinguish him, notably sweeping tracking shots, aerial pans and frequent zooms. His films also include repeated and intense close-ups.

The “Couples on the Run” series combines three distinctive American genres -- the road movie, the gangster picture and film noir. This film series melds tragic love with crime and violence.

The “Fantasy Films from the 1980s” features mind-bending, comic and over-the-top fantasy films from this decade. Produced by Jim Henson, Wolfgang Peterson, Sam Raimi, Terry Gilliam, Rob Reiner and others, they are marvels of unapologetic silliness set in lands populated by elfin beings.

One film will be screened in December. Block Cinema's Winter 2007 film series screenings -- “New Jack Cinema,” “Westerns” and “Fritz Lang” -- will begin Jan. 3 and run through March 9. 

DECEMBER 2006 FILM

Fantasy Films from the 80s, “The Goonies,” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 (Richard Donner, 1985, United States, 35 mm). The Goonies -- Mikey, Mouth, Chunk and Data -- go hunting through booby-trapped caverns in search of One-Eyed Willie's treasure. When Mikey finds an old treasure map in his attic, he and his friends set off on an adventure to find the fortune that will prevent their homes from being leveled to build a golf course. They aren't the only ones after Willie's gold.

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