From the Aisles of the Cinematheque: A Weekend with Marco Bellocchio

By Susan Doll The Facets Cinematheque presents a two-day celebration of the work of veteran director Marco Bellocchio this weekend, December 18 and 19. Cosponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, with help from Cinecitta Luce, this three-film mini-fest highlights the contributions of an important director of an era dubbed the New Italian Cinema. […]

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The Devil’s in the Details: H.H. Holmes at Facets

On November 24, 1896—114 years ago today—serial killer H.H. Holmes began writing his autobiography modestly titled “Holmes’s Own Story” in Moyamensing Prison in Philadelphia where he was awaiting trial for conspiracy to cheat and defraud an insurance company on a claim involving his partner, Benjamin Pitezel. Holmes claimed his partner’s death was a suicide, but […]

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Horror Nerds, Start Your Engines

It’s that time of year again, when “everybody’s entitled to one good scare,” as Charles Cyphers puts it in Halloween. In addition to our own continuing Fright School series, coming up this weekend in Chicago is the 6th annual Music Box Massacre, a 24-hour marathon that is the ultimate horror nerd endurance test. I’m especially […]

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Depardieu joins Muti and the CSO for “Fantastique” Performances

Fresh from the rapturously received free concert in Millennium Park that re-introduced new Music Director Riccardo Muti to the local audience, on Tuesday the Chicago Symphony Orchestra capped four nights performing Hector Berlioz’s two-part Episode in the Life of An Artist at Symphony Center. Each night, following the Symphonie fantastique, the legendary Gerard Depardieu joined […]

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