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June 2010 Film Calendar

May 27, 2010 | by Judy Moore
"La Signora di Tutti" ("Everybody's Woman"), 7 p.m. Friday, June 11 (Max Ophuls, 1934, Italy, 35 mm, 97 minutes)
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema concludes its spring series of films in June with acclaimed Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's 2004 feature "Los Muertos" (June 3) and "Double Take" (June 4), a "mockumentary" dissection of Alfred Hitchcock directed by Belgium's Johan Grimonprez.

The perennially popular "Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame" (June 10) and a rare (June 11) screening of "La Signora di Tutti" ("Everybody's Woman"), the only Italian production by the German director Max Ophuls, also will be shown
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, and individuals aged 65 and older. 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 visit the Block Cinema Web site at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.


Tales of Man and Beast series, "Los Muertos," 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3 (Lisandro Alonso, 2004, Argentina, 35 mm, 78 minutes). Lisandro Alonso's second feature combines the director's signature fascination with men in the wilderness with a spare and haunting style that emphasizes immersion over spectacle. Newly released from prison for murder, a middle-aged man embarks on a trip to reunite with his grown daughter. Armed with nothing but a machete, he boards a small boat and sets off into the jungle encountering a variety of beasts on his journey, from chirping insects to a stranded goat. "Los Muertos" captures the beauty and the savageness of the wild. It will be preceded by "S/T" (Lisandro Alonso, 2009, Argentina, 35 mm, 1 minute). Commissioned as a trailer for the 2009 Buenos Aires film festival (BAFICI), Alfonso's masterful 60-second film features an unforgettable fowl.

Contemporary International Cinema series, "Double Take," 7 p.m. Friday, June 4 (Johan Grimonprez, 2009, Belgium/Germany/Netherlands, video, 80 minutes). An ingenious hybrid, "Double Take" is part mock-documentary, part conceptual provocation and a thought-provoking piece. Using an assemblage of television and newsreel material, artist and filmmaker Grimonprez muses on Alfred Hitchcock's persona and humor, interpreting his films of the late 1950s and early 1960s against the climate of bomb-era political anxiety. Grimonprez lets viewers draw their own conclusions about identity, filmmaking, power and paranoia, but the film's love of Hitchcock -- artist, public face and TV clown -- is infectious. It was screened at the British Film Institute's 53rd London Film Festival last year.

Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10 (Various directors, video, approximately 120 minutes). A fixture at Block Cinema since 2005, this popular annual program of cinematic treasures from the National Baseball Hall of Fame is sure to entertain baseball fans and cinephiles alike. Selections screened June 10 include Gillette commercials starring Luis Aparicio, Willie Mays and Whitey Ford; interviews with Bob Feller, Ted Williams and Rocky Colavito; rare footage from the 1926 World Series and more. The screening was organized and will be introduced by David Filipi, film and video curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University with special thanks to Jim Gates of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Revivals and Rediscoveries series, "La Signora di Tutti" ("Everybody's Woman"), 7 p.m. Friday, June 11 (Max Ophuls, 1934, Italy, 35 mm, 97 minutes). As the director's only Italian production (and one of his first as an exile from Germany), "La Signora di Tutti" occupies a special place in Max Ophuls' filmography. The signature Ophuls look and themes -- sweeping camera movements, operatic "mise en scene" (visual style) and tragic heroines doomed by love -- are not lost in translation. Following a botched suicide attempt, a famous star, portrayed by Isa Miranda, relives her sordid past through a series of flashbacks. Sublimely melodramatic, Ophuls' early masterwork is a cautionary tale about the perils of fame and celebrity. An archival print from the British Film Institute will be shown.
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