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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In Praise of Chicago

Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal brings us a collection of short documentary films from Chicago-based filmmaker Tom Palazzolo. In 1979’s Labor Day, East Chicago, Palazollo heads to the southeast section of Chicago to take in the day’s celebrations. In 1994’s I Married a Munchkin he interviews local little person Mary Ellen […]

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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: Rusalochka (The Little Mermaid) (1976)

Though dedicated to the memory of Hans Christian Anderson, this version of The Little Mermaid is about as far from the original as the Disney version, but in the opposite direction on the happiness scale. The filmmakers succeed in making the already sad story even more tragic while attempting to keep it entertaining for children. […]

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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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