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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From the Videotheque Vault: An Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano (1977)

One of Nikita Mikhalkov’s earlier films, An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano is considered one of the best film adaptations of a Chekhov play. It is based on an early play, abandoned by the writer, called Platonov. The film powerfully integrates theatrical and cinematic elements to portray an emotional upheaval during a meeting between […]

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