Film Screenings at Northeastern Illinois University
Presented by the Chicago Film Society
Sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre
This spring marks the 12th season of NEIU’s collaboration with the Chicago Film Society. Highlights of the spring series include “Christopher Strong” (a 1933 film directed by Dorothy Arzner and starring Katharine Hepburn), “Play It As It Lays” (a 1972 film starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins and based on Joan Didion’s novel), and “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One” (the classic self-reflexive 1968 film from William Greaves).
Tickets cost $3 with a Northeastern ID and $7 for the general public. All screenings are presented by the Chicago Film Society and sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre.
Spring 2019 Schedule
The screenings listed below are held at 7:30 p.m. in Northeastern's Auditorium located in the E Building at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago.
Wednesday, January 9
Directed by Andrew Bujalski • 2013 • 35mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, permission Kino Lorber
Equal parts mockumentary, sports saga, and science fiction, Computer Chess looks to a time in which the utopian dreams of networked technology had yet to be tainted by VC funds and security state interests. It may have been shot on a Sony Portapak, but we were crazy enough to commission a 35mm print!
Wednesday, January 23
DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK
Directed by Roy Ward Baker • 1952 • 35mm from Criterion Pictures, USA
Marilyn Monroe proves herself a versatile performer and a terrifying baby-sitter in this low-key film noir with a Weegeeian directness.
Wednesday, January 30
Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1953 • 35mm from Universal
The seminal Seminole is a tip-top example of the elusive Everglades Western, with great turns from Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, and Lee Marvin. Directed by a pre-Ranown Budd Boetticher.
Wednesday, February 6
PLAY IT AS IT LAYS
Directed by Frank Perry • 1972 • 35mm from Universal
Pretty Poison fun couple Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins reunite in this devastating adaptation of Joan Didion's novel. Not available on video or streaming.
Wednesday, February 13
Directed by Takeshi Kitano • 1997 • 35mm from CFS Collections, permission Film Movement
"Beat" Takeshi reinvents the crime thriller in this violent and melancholy art house landmark. Screening on a bill with Kenneth Anger's "Fireworks!"
Wednesday, February 20
Directed by Lowell Sherman • 1932 • 35mm from UCLA Film & Television Archive
A low-rent, Chicago-set pre-Code about a quack plastic surgeon, played by director Lowell Sherman. Not available on video or streaming.
Wednesday, February 27
Directed by William Castle • 1961 • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
After you learn about what Mr. Sardonicus has been doing to the young women of the Gorslavan countryside, will you vote for punishment or mercy? Castle's Gothic sensation is one of his most accomplished films.
Wednesday, March 6
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE
Directed by William Greaves • 1968 • 35mm from Janus Films
The most self-reflexive film this side of The Other Side of the Wind from the incredible and prolific William Greaves.
Wednesday, March 13
Directed by Dorothy Arzner • 1933 • 35mm from Library of Congress
Katharine Hepburn stars as an aviatrix with antennae in Dorothy Arzner's unconventional pre-Code romance.
Wednesday, April 17
Mid-Century Newspaper Double Feature!
Introduced by Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN Radio host Rick Kogan
THE EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK • World Premiere of New 35mm Print! Directed by Orlando Lippert • 1950 • 35mm from CFS Collections
A local industrial film about the Chicago Daily News. Preserved by Chicago Film Society with the support of the National Film Preservation Foundation. Additional material courtesy of the Library of Congress.
POWER OF THE PRESS
Directed by Lew Landers • 1943 • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
A zippy B-picture about the role of newspapers in the American experiment. Based on an early script from Samuel Fuller.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
Free street parking is available along Bryn Mawr Ave., west of Central Park Ave. Patrons may also park in any designated NEIU parking lot by purchasing a parking pass. We recommend the Parking Facility, a short walk from Building E. You may also park in Lot D or Lot F.
There are several options for purchasing a single-use NEIU parking pass:
Purchase a $5 pass from the kiosk at the Parking Facility entrance (cash only). Purchase a $5 pass at the Parking Office on the first floor of the Parking Facility. Purchase a $5 virtual permit with your smart phone at www.ppprk.com/park or download the mobile app Passport Parking.
Getting Here with the CTA
Our screenings are also accessible via CTA.
From the Brown Line (Kimball station), one can either walk or take the #82 Kimball-Homan bus to Catalpa and walk the remaining short distance to Building E. From the Blue Line (Jefferson Park station), take the #92 Foster bus to Central Park and walk the remaining short distance to Building E.
For cyclists, a Divvy station is located on the eastern edge of campus at St. Louis and Balmoral. View a map of Divvy station locations.