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December 2011 Film Calendar

Block Cinema to screen rare pre-Code film and new feature by Bela Tarr

November 11, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema’s fall programming continues in early December with a rare 1932 Hollywood film brought to Block Cinema’s attention by New York Times critic Dave Kehr and an advance screening of the new film from master director Bela Tarr.

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.


Revivals and Rediscoveries, “Afraid to Talk” (also known as “Merry-Go-Round”), 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 (Edward L. Cahn, 1932, United States, 35 mm, 72 minutes). This rare pre-Code film, directed by Edward L. Cahn, tells the story of a group of corrupt civic leaders who try to frame an innocent bellboy for murder in an effort to protect their gangland patrons. The film explores the potential for politicians to abuse power. The film will be presented in a new 35 mm print from Universal Pictures.

Eastern and Central European Cinema series, “The Turin Horse,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 (Bela Tarr and Agnes Kranitzky, 2011, Hungary, 35 mm, 146 minutes). The latest film by Hungarian master Bela Tarr (“Satantango”) is a meditation on perseverance. Co-directed with his wife and collaborator Agnes Hranitzky, “The Turin Horse” grounds itself in close observation (the weathering of a face; the sound of the wind) as it charts the uneventful lives of a man and his daughter as they futilely work their small farm. This simple tale is made powerful by its spare style, its haunting black and white cinematography, near lack of dialogue and minimal action, all mirroring the protagonists’ disappearing world. Special advance screening courtesy of Cinema Guild.

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