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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The Wormwood Star

Description: The Wormwood Star (1956) is a short documentary film about Marjorie Cameron, an artist, occultist, and actress. The film is not a “documentary” in the traditional sense, but is more in line with the early avant-garde practice of pure cinema. Curtis Harrington, the film’s director, describes Wormwood as “a poetic tribute to Cameron.” The subject […]

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Blood of the Beasts

Description: Besides providing the catalyst for many to go vegetarian, The Blood of the Beasts manages to stay relevant today thanks to its propensity to incite, shock, and mesmerize even the most jaded of viewers. The film’s visceral documentation of a Parisian slaughterhouse retains its strength perhaps due to the unrepentant gaze of the camera, […]

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Night Mail

Description: Headed by John Grierson, the UK General Post Office Film Unit’s primary objective was to make films that boosted the morale of and support for the GPO’s workers. Night Mail was the organization’s most successful project. The film details the process of mail delivery via train between London and Glasgow, with special emphasis placed […]

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