MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC!

RARE & UNFORGETTABLE ARTHOUSE FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD 1944-1965

FRI—MON, MAY 1316 · ROXIE THEATRE
Presented by Mid-Century Productions

 

MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC! THE "ARCHAEOLOGY OF ARTHOUSE"

Every filmgoer knows "arthouse," but that term has become increasingly fuzzy around the edges. How did we get here from its beginnings? How did this more daring and personal approach to filmmaking come to be?

Programming renegade and MCP head honcho Don Malcolm, mastermind of the French noir series (THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT) that electrified sold-out Roxie shows over 2014/2015, takes a fascinating ninety-degree turn with MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC! — tracing the roots of "arthouse" cinema around the world in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

From rarely-screened masterpieces (LOS OLVIDADOS, FORBIDDEN GAMES, ASHES & DIAMONDS) to astonishing rediscoveries (RAPTURE, THE SAVAGE EYE, THE CONDEMNED OF ALTONA), Malcolm's curatorial kineticism is palpable, pushing us to discern arthouse elements in unusual places (comedies such as Italy's THE PASSIONATE THIEF, France's THE SHEEP HAS FIVE LEGS, and Great Britain's NOTHING BUT THE BEST).

He even dares us to see "arthouse" where some see "kitsch"—and, as a result, we will all see something new in the sixtieth anniversary screening of THE BAD SEED (with its star, the great Patty McCormack, making a special Roxie appearance after the screening on Sunday evening).

So come swing from the rafters with Don as he kicks off a totally new approach to repertory programming. Dare to immerse yourself in MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC!

$40 FESTIVAL PASS DISCOUNT AVAILABLE TO MID-CENTURY MAILING LIST MEMBERS. Join our mailing list to receive the discount via email. Don't miss this chance for the best possible deal on the most unusual film festival of 2016 (with Patty McCormack in person following the Sunday, May 15 screening of THE BAD SEED.

FRI, MAY 13
Children in Peril

Los Olvidados - The Forgotten Ones

LOS OLVIDADOS
THE FORGOTTEN ONES

(1950) 7:00

Les Jeux Interdits - Forbidden Games

JEUX INTERDITS
FORBIDDEN GAMES

(1952) 9:00

SAT MATINEE, MAY 14
Beyond the Kitchen Sink

No Love for Johnnie

NO LOVE FOR JOHNNIE

(1961) 2:00

Nothing but the Best

NOTHING BUT THE BEST

(1964) 4:00

SAT EVENING, MAY 14
Strange Aftermaths of War

Ashes and Diamonds

POPIOL I DIAMENT
ASHES AND DIAMONDS

(1958) 7:00

I SEQUESTRATI DI ALTONA
THE CONDEMNED OF ALTONA

(1962) 9:00

SUN MATINÉE, MAY 15
Totó and Fernandel – Forgotten Comic Masters

The Passionate Thief

RISATE DI GIOIA
THE PASSIONATE THIEF

(1960) 1:30

The Sheep Has Five Lives

LE MOUTON À CINQ PATTES
THE SHEEP HAS FIVE LEGS

(1954) 3:30

SUN EVENING, MAY 15
In Search of "Midcentury American Arthouse"

The Bad Seed

THE BAD SEED

(1956) 6:00

PATTY McCORMACK with FOSTER HIRSCH

The Savage Eye

THE SAVAGE EYE

(1960) 9:00

MON, MAY 16
The Peril in "Coming of Age"

Torment

HETS
TORMENT

(1944) 7:00

Rapture

RAPTURE

(1965) 9:00

SNEAK PREVIEW FOR UNSUNG HERO ON SATURDAY, MAY 7 → MORE INFO

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PATTY McCORMACK IN PERSON!

The legendary Patty McCormack, world famous at the age of 10 for her turn as the murderous young "angel" in THE BAD SEED, will appear in person after our screening on Sunday evening (May 15: the show starts at 6 sharp). Our guest curator, noted author/historian Foster Hirsch, will interview her. Don't miss it.

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Mid-Century Productions

A "boutique" programming venture designing "mini film festivals," MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS features films from cinema's most explosive three decades—the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We program original festivals and work with organizations and individuals to craft singular programming that illuminates the hidden corners of these three decades.

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