A still image from the film "Nightmare Alley" with a standing man and a seated woman

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Chicago Film Society (CFS), formerly known as The Northwest Chicago Film Society, has announced its Spring 2017 schedule of movies that will be shown on Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus. “Nightmare Alley” (pictured above) will open the series on Jan. 11.

Highlights include a film with the late Debbie Reynolds, a rare, early part-talkie Frank Capra film introduced by Communication, Media and Theatre Instructor Nancy McVittie, a Jerry Lewis comedy, a film partially directed by Nicholas Ray before he was fired from the production, and several other classics and oddities.

This will be the sixth CFS film series in partnership with Northeastern. In June 2015, Northeastern and CFS announced that the University’s Department of Communication, Media and Theatre had partnered with the film society to make Northeastern the institutional home for the CFS screenings of 35mm film prints.

The screenings are integrated into Northeastern’s film studies courses, which serve more than 200 students each semester. Spring 2017 will be the first semester of Northeastern’s new CMTM 390: NEIU Cinematheque course, in which students earn one credit at the 300-level for attending five select screenings and performing online activities related to film production, distribution, exhibition and criticism, as well as the importance of film archives and preservation.

The Chicago Film Society makes rare and classic films available to local audiences in their original forms—on 35mm and 16mm motion picture film. The screenings spotlight the restoration efforts of archives, studios and private collectors, as well as the experience of seeing films projected in a theater with an audience.

All screenings take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, located in the E Building at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago. Tickets cost $2 with a Northeastern ID and $5 for the general public. Parking permits are required to park on campus.

Here is the spring schedule:

Jan. 11: “Nightmare Alley” (Edmund Golding, 1947)
Jan. 18: “Hollywood Shuffle” (Robert Townsend, 1987)
Jan. 25: “Wind Across the Everglades” (Nicholas Ray, 1958)
Feb. 1: “Night on Earth” (Jim Jarmusch, 1991)
Feb. 8: “The Errand Boy” (Jerry Lewis, 1961)
Feb. 15: “Puzzle of a Downfall Child” (Jerry Schatzberg, 1970)
Feb. 21: “Law and Order” (Edward L. Cahn, 1932)
March 1: “What’s the Matter With Helen?” (Curtis Harrington, 1971)
March 8: “The Younger Generation” (Frank Capra, 1929)
Introduced by Nancy McVittie, Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre
April 18: “Who Killed Teddy Bear?” (Joseph Cates, 1965)