Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "Brooklyn, "a heart-warming-story about a young Irish woman who is a homesick immigrant in the 1950s. This 2015 film is directed by John Crowley (112 minutes).
Film historian Doug Deucher will kick off the NEA Big Read Film Festival with "The Magnificent Seven," the film which inspires the young girl in "Into the Beautiful North" to head to the United States. Living in a small Mexican town with very few men left, this girl gathers her friends and heads north to find her father and other men. They want to bring them back home.
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer's fears become a reality. (PG, 2015, 103 minutes)
"Dreadlocks Story" (83 min, 2014)
See and discuss films showcasing Caribbean directors and screenwriters, in the second annual Chicago Caribbean Film Festival at the Oak Park Public Library. Held in conjunction with the Caribbean American Heritage Council and Diaspora Filmworks. Enjoy a pre-screening reception and a post-film Q&A.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) is a charming MGM musical starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. These stars play bickering co-workers in a music shop in 1912 Chicago who become increasingly attracted to each other as anonymous pen pals. (102 minutes)
This film screening is part of the Cinematic Chicago series. Out of more than 700 movies that have been made in Chicago, film historian Doug Deuchler screens six select films that feature landmarks and neighborhoods, capturing aspects of the gritty Windy City in iconic, evocative, and often magical ways.
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie release for Ferris Bueller's Day Off (102 minutes, PG-13). Snacks will be provided.
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a screening and discussion of My Fair Lady, a 1964 American musical film that traces its roots to the 1913 stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.
The film depicts Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower seller who overhears an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, as he casually wagers that he could teach her to speak "proper" English, thereby making her presentable in the high society of Edwardian London.
Using flashbacks and archival footage, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday until his death. Milk was an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (R, 2008, 128 minutes)
Picturing the Past is a program series featuring films with historical context. We'll watch the film and then discuss the historic events and people depicted. Focusing on the story, we'll talk about what the film got right (or wrong) about history.
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a screening of Kiss Me, Kate, the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, who were once married and are now performing opposite of each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katherine in a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare's play.