is a student-run film society at UChicago reaching back to 1932.

Playing This Summer

King: A Filmed Record (1970)

Thursday 6/30/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 7/1/22 @ 7:30 PM

Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Sidney Lumet | 35mm | 185m

"Created using only original primary source material such as unretouched newsreels, King: A Filmed Record... is a powerful video documentary of Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent campaign from the events of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott until his assassination in 1968. Originally shown in theaters in a "one night only" event, King was turned into a DVD using stored master elements in 2010 and publicly released after being "lost" for 40 years.

Preserved by the Library of Congress."

Two Girls (2018)

Friday 7/1/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 7/2/22 @ 8:30 PM

James Fotopoulos | DCP | 100m

Set in the Civil War-era Midwest, Two Girls is the story of young sisters and their increasingly unstable mother, left alone while their father is off fighting. Fotopoulos, described on RogerEbert.com as a filmmaker "whose visions are as audacious as they are uncompromising," masterfully depicts the imaginative minds of young girls in the face of parental absence and the liberating escape that nature affords in the face of war and volatile parenting.

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Thursday 7/7/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 7/8/22 @ 8:30 PM

Leo McCarey | 16mm | 92m

Released in the same year as Leo McCarey’s screwball classic The Awful Truth, this unforgettable Hollywood gem tells the story of an elderly couple who are forced to separate due to financial reasons. Over the course of ninety-two minutes, the small tragedy of Barkley (Victor Moore) and Lucy (Beulah Bondi) unfolds without a single false note. In the words of critic Dave Kehr, “There are few American films as subtle, moving and bursting with human truth.”

Memoria (2021)

Friday 7/8/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 7/9/22 @ 8:30 PM

Apichatpong Weerasethakul | DCP | 136m

An internationally co-produced film starring the incomparable Tilda Swinton, Memoria tells the story of a Scottish woman who travels to Colombia and begins repeatedly hearing sounds undetectable by anyone else. Per Brian Tallerico (of Roger Ebert web critics), viewing the film is a "sensory experience"; Weerasethakul vividly illustrates the journey of clarity and transformation of a woman as she disconnects and displaces herself from modern society.

The Last Command

Thursday 7/14/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 7/15/22 @ 8:30 PM

Josef von Sternberg | 16mm | 88m

One of von Sternberg's four silent films, The Last Command is a sophisticated melodrama following Emil Jannings' impassioned performance as a once-great Russian duke who is hired as an extra in a Hollywood film. With its sweeping cinematography and grandiose sets depicting the Russian Revolution, this film is an emotional and satirically bleak outlook on Hollywood and life after Imperial Russia for those who experienced the war at its height.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Friday 7/15/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 7/16/22 @ 8:30 PM

Arthur Penn | 35mm | 111m

Warren Beatty produced this biopic of the infamous Depression-era gangsters and costarred with Faye Dunaway in her breakout role. Highly controversial upon release, the film did not shy away from depicting their murderous robbing spree or its shocking end. Called a cheap glorification of violence by the NY Times, it was eventually embraced, won two Oscars, and was credited with starting the New Hollywood era and ending the restrictive Production Code.

The Naked City (1948)

Thursday 7/21/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 7/22/22 @ 8:30 PM

Jules Dassin | 35mm | 96m

"Shot almost entirely on location in New York City, The Naked City depicts a police investigation following the murder of a former model. Jules Dassin’s 1948 noir draws visual influence from the black and white street photography of Ascher Fellig (also known as Weegee), as well as Italian Neorealist aesthetics and production methods. A vivid, double Academy Award winning police procedural that stands alongside the great New York stories.

Preserved by the Library of Congress."

Shaft (1971)

Friday 7/22/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 7/23/22 @ 8:30 PM

Gordon Parks | 35mm | 100m

John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is a private eye hired by a Harlem gangster to find his kidnapped daughter in this gritty crime thriller. Weaving between the police, Black militants, and two Mafia groups, Shaft carves a path through New York in his hunt, wearing his iconic black turtleneck and leather jacket the whole way through. Shaft is a seminal film in the blaxploitation genre and was also praised for its unique, catchy '70s soul soundtrack.

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Thursday 7/21/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 7/22/22 @ 8:30 PM

Busby Berkeley, Mervyn LeRoy | 35mm | 97m

"Starting with the knockout performance of “We’re in the Money” that features Ginger Rogers singing in pig latin with a chorus full of dancing coins, Gold Diggers of 1933 evokes outrageous Hollywood glamor in its purest form. This second entry in the beloved trio of Busby Berkeley choreographed musicals released by Warner Brothers in 1933 also offers equally brilliant comedic moments from Depression-era stars like Dick Powell and Aline MacMahon.

Preserved by the Library of Congress."

Black Dynamite (2009)

Friday 7/29/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 7/30/22 @ 8:30 PM

Scott Sanders | 35mm | 90m

Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is a Vietnam War veteran and former CIA agent skilled in the art of kung fu, determined to rid the streets of drug dealers and gangsters. However, his quest unearths a conspiracy that goes all the way down. Shot over the course of 20 days on Super 16 mm film, Black Dynamite is both a parody of and a homage to the blaxploitation genre—Director Scott Sanders described the tone of the film as "just a little too badass."

The Big Parade (1925)

Thursday 8/4/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 8/5/22 @ 8:30 PM

King Vidor, George Hill | 35mm | 141m

"Jim (John Gilbert), a lazy rich boy, is persuaded to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1917 to the approval of his businessman father. In France, he befriends two working class soliders and falls in love with a farmer's daughter, Melisande. However, the brutal reality of trench warfare makes its mark on Jim as the Americans march to the front. The Big Parade was written by WWI veteran Laurence Stallings, and was King Vidor's most successful silent film.

Preserved by the Library of Congress."

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

Friday 8/5/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 8/6/22 @ 8:30 PM

Martin Scorsese | 35mm | 112m

Newly widowed Alice sets out with a suitcase, her son, and dreams of being a singer. Ellen Burstyn chose Scorcese to direct so that any sentimentality in the script would be matched by his characteristic grit. Born of the women’s liberation movement, the film is an outlier for Scorcese - but one that works. Undercurrents of male violence run through sundrenched scenes, and Harvey Keitel and Kris Kristofferson are archetypal men Alice meets along the way.

Within our Gates (1919)

Thursday 8/11/22 @ 7:00 PM

Friday 8/12/22 @ 8:30 PM

Oscar Micheaux | 35mm | 89m

"The oldest known surviving film by an African-American director, Oscar Micheaux's Within Our Gates was produced following D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation> and the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. The film centers on Sylvia Landry (Evelyn Preer), a Black woman from the South that goes north in search of funding for an overcrowded school. While there, she begins a romance that is shaped by contemporary and past experiences with violent racism.


Preserved by the Library of Congress."

Drunken Master (1978)

Friday 8/12/22 @ 5:00 PM

Saturday 8/13/22 @ 8:30 PM

Woo Ping Yuen | DCP | 111m

Young Wong Fei-hung (Jackie Chan) gets himself into trouble around town and is sentenced to harsh kung fu training by his father. His teacher turns out to be Beggar So, the titular Drunken Master—a tyrannical trainer whom Wong attempts to escape, until a killer with a "Devil's Kick" appears on the scene, intent on murdering Wong's father. A fast-paced, mischievous comedy, this classic Hong Kong martial arts film made Jackie Chan a household name in Asia.