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.
1/23-1/30/2014Join us this January as we present several documentary works, both new and newly restored, about human rights issues, injustice, and inequality—from Tennessee to Tehran. Two of these films celebrate public figures: the recently restored King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis—an epic record of Martin Luther King’s speeches and public appearances—and Chicago-based Kartemquin Films’ new documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali—a portrait of the beloved boxer and activist. Finally, we’ll present classic short films by celebrated Iranian documentarian Kamran Shirdel, whose films were banned in his own country and offer rare glimpses of Iran and the struggles of many of its residents in the 1960s and 70s.
1/24-3/8/2014To coincide with the Museum’s winter exhibition, The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929-1940, Block Cinema presents a film series featuring leftist and left-leaning films, both Hollywood productions and independent films made outside of the studio system. The series commences with a newly remastered version of Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s Red Hollywood, a fascinating exploration of the contributions of leftist screenwriters and directors to Hollywood filmmaking from the 1930s through the early 50s, and concludes with a special screening of Robert Rossen’s anti-capitalist boxing film Body and Soul, selected and introduced in person by renowned film critic and New York Times columnist J. Hoberman.
1/25-3/7/2014This film series takes its name from the winter exhibition, Steichen|Warhol: Picturing Fame, which examines the legacies of both artists through their groundbreaking portraits of celebrities of their day. Last February the Block Museum was the recipient of a major gift—49 vintage photographs by the great photographer Edward Steichen. These stunning portraits include many luminaries from the early 20th century—artists, models, dancers, socialites, and prominent actors of both stage and screen. To celebrate the donation, this film series presents several of the glamorous portrait sitters featured in the Steichen collection in a different light: illuminating the screen in iconic film performances. The stars include Evelyn Brent, Clara Bow, Paul Robeson, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Fay Wray, Judith Anderson, and Sylvia Sidney.
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.