Movie Roundup

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 4, 2007 2:22PM

- In case you've missed the previous screenings of local film Crime Fiction, produced by former U of C students, you've got another chance to see it this evening at this month's edition of the Midwest Independent Film Festival. That's at the Landmark Century. There'll be an afterparty just around the corner at Cousin's.

2007_9roundup.jpg - Starting this Wednesday night at 6, Jonathan Rosenbaum presents a weekly series of film screenings and lectures at the Siskel titled "The Great Transition: World Cinema in the 1950s." It's pretty much the last word in eclecticism, taking in everything from Sam Fuller (opening feature The Steel Helmet) and Jean Cocteau to Ozu and Orson Welles. Tickets are $9 if you're Joe Schmo but only $4 if you're a Film Center member, so it's a great excuse to join up.

- Most details are still shrouded in mists of secrecy, but little by little the Chicago International Film Festival is beginning to provide some peeks at what will be on tap this year. Brett Morgan's semidocumentary Chicago 10 will be featured as will a special program of Essanay shorts made between 1907 and 1915 in Chicago. Incidentally, this year's festival is dedicated to Roger Ebert. It will run October 4-17. More details and membership information at the festival's site.

- Looks like there's been another victim of Blues Brothers 2000 disease: The Time Traveler's Wife, although set in Chicago, will actually be filmed in Canada. Tsk tsk.

image via the Library of Virginia