Voyeurism, Vampirism, and Other Concerns of Adolescence

Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Mike LeSuer brings us Jaromil Jireš’ 1971 fever dream Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Released at the tail end of the Czech New Wave, the film playfully explores the nuances of puberty from the perspective of a young girl in one of the movement’s more malleable allegories for […]

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Cultivate You Queue: David A. Holcombe

Cultivate Your Queue is a guest blogger series where we ask Chicago-based filmmakers, artists, curators, and cultural outlets to produce idiosyncratic “lists” that explore the overwhelming amount of extant filmic content. David A. Holcombe brings us the most recent installment, exploring the effect of non-dialogue scenes from five films. Since I was 5 years old, film seemed like it […]

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Serbian Five-String Serenade

Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal brings us another film in our Real Chicago series: Jill Godmilow’s The Popovich Brothers of South Chicago (1976). Godmilow follows members of The Popovich Brothers, a Chicago-based Serbian-American tamburitza band, as they slowly recover from the death of fellow band mate and brother, ‘Marko’ Popovich. After 50 […]

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From the Vidéothèque Vault: Muhammad Ali – The Greatest (1974)

Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal explores William Klein’s Muhammad Ali: The Greatest (1974). Klein, an American ex-pat living in France, is best known for his street and fashion photography as well as several feature films he made in the 1960s and 70s. His interests in photography, politics, and documentary are on full […]

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