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Northwestern Film in March

Block Cinema to screen films starring John Cassavetes, Peter Falk and Miriam Hopkins

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February 24, 2012 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema’s final two winter series screenings will be held on March 2 and 3.  

The series “I’m Almost Not Crazy: Outsider Cinema by Hollywood Insiders” celebrates narrative films by Hollywood insiders that bear resemblance to “Art Brut” or the personally invented forms of untrained outsider artists.  

Rare and risque films are part of the series, “Hot Saturdays: Gems from Pre-Code Hollywood.” This series features films that were made before the summer 1934 crackdown by censors on Hollywood film productions.

Films are screened in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. 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 otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students, students from other schools with valid IDs, and individuals aged 65 and older. Quarterly passes are $20. Tickets are available one hour before showtime. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.

MARCH 2012 FILMS 

Outsider Cinema, “Mikey and Nicky,” 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, Block Cinema (Elaine May, 1976, United States, 35 mm, 119 minutes). Convinced a local mobster is out to kill him, John Cassavetes’ Nicky calls boyhood friend Mikey (Peter Falk) for help, only to question his buddy’s loyalty as they tour Philadelphia’s nightscape. Shooting a jaw-dropping 1.4 million feet of film to capture every possible inch of improvisatory mania between Cassavetes and Falk, director Elaine May spent more than a year in the editing room crafting this jazzy, spasmodic duet for a pair of voluble racketeers. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs. 

Pre-Code Hollywood, “Dancers in the Dark,” 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Block Cinema (David Burton, 1932, United States, 35 mm, 74 minutes). Miriam Hopkins stars as Gloria, a dime-a-dance girl with a questionable past who finds herself caught between three men at the nightclub where she works: bandleader Duke (Jack Oakie), wholesome saxophone player Floyd (William Collier Jr.) and vile gangster Louie (George Raft). When she decides to go straight and get serious with Floyd, the other men take it upon themselves to try to expose Gloria’s fickle heart. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with IDs.