Block Cinema screens classic and contemporary films and is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, the North Shore and Chicago with a quality venue for repertory cinema. Block Cinema is sponsored in part by a generous gift from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati.
10/18 - 11/22/2013Our focus on contemporary documentaries returns this fall with a diverse selection of brand new films, many with pronounced political perspectives. The series commences with The Act of Killing, the much-discussed documentary about Indonesia’s notorious 1960s death squads. It concludes with the amusing yet always compelling views of philosopher Slavoj Žižek in Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, in which Žižek dissects everything from corporate coffee to Nazi aesthetics with film clips from Hollywood classics to illustrate his theories.
10/25 - 11/15/2013
In this recurring series Block Cinema screens American and international films—from revered classics to more obscure works—that deserve a second look. Included is the newly restored 1967 film Far from Vietnam, one of the most potent anti-war films of its era, made by the late Chris Marker and other film luminaries. We’ll also present Trent Harris’ cult classic The Beaver Trilogy, about real-life Olivia Newton-John super-fan “Groovin’ Gary,” and two actors–Sean Penn and Crispin Glover who attempt to portray him.
In this ongoing series, Block Cinema presents new documentaries about art and artists. In a free matinee screening this October, Block presents a new film about the enigmatic and amazingly talented amateur photographer, Vivian Maier.
11/7 - 12/6/2013
This fall we present two new films that focus on characters struggling to connect meaningfully with others. It Felt Like Love by new director Eliza Hittman, is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story about a teenager’s awkward attempts to gain sexual experience. Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, about the unlikely friendship between a museum guard and visitor, is a subtle yet powerful celebration of the restorative power of art and the importance of human connection.
Don't miss our free advance screening of the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film is set in the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the 1960s and boasts an impressive cast, including Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
Unless otherwise noted:
- $4.00 for Block members; University faculty, staff and students with valid WildCARD; students from other schools with valid college/university ID; seniors 65 and older
- $6.00 for the general public
- $20.00 for a quarterly pass
Block Cinema films are screened in the Block Museum’s Pick-Laudati Auditorium. See Directions and Parking for information on how to get to the Musuem. Parking is free in the lot south of the Block after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.