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Special Events - Spring

Special Events - Spring

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu April 5, 2012 - Wed May 30, 2012


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Join us at Block this spring for a series of special events.


The Home and the World (Ghare Baire)

Thursday, April 5, 2012 7:30 PM FREE
(Satyajit Ray, 1984, India, 35mm, 140 min.)

At her husband’s request Bimala comes out of seclusion to experience the world, but her innocence leaves her vulnerable to manipulation. Adapted from Rabindranath Tagore’s novel, Satyajit Ray’s film takes place against a backdrop of political turmoil in Bengal at the turn of the 20th century.

Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

This screening is part of the Center for Global Culture and Communication's Tagore/Ray Films Screening and Symposium at Northwestern.

Visit https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2012/04/bengali-renaissance/ for more information.


The Lonely Wife (Charulata)

Friday, April 6, 2012 7:00 PM FREE
(Satyajit Ray, 1964, India, 35mm, 117 min.)

Charu, the young wife of a wealthy newspaper editor, feels stifled by her idle existence and yearns for intellectual freedom. The arrival of her husband’s idealistic cousin provides a creative outlet, but also creates marital strife.

Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation and the Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

This screening is part of the Center for Global Culture and Communication's Tagore/Ray Films Screening and Symposium at Northwestern.

Visit http://www.communication.northwestern.edu/global_communication/files/Tagore-Ray.pdf for more information.


RTVF Presents: Louder Than A Bomb

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:00 PM FREE
(Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, 2010, USA, Video, 99 min.)

Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. While the topics these teenagers tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice. 

In person: Directors Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel plus special guests from the film!

This screening is organized by the Department of Radio/Television/Film.



Friday, April 27, 2012 7:30 PM
(F.W. Murnau, 1927, USA, 35mm, 94 min.)

With Live Musical Accompaniment by Matti Bye

One of the great masterpieces of silent cinema, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise is a simple morality tale about a naïve farmer (George O’Brien) led astray by a seductive woman (Margaret Livingston). Following a near tragedy, he attempts to win back his wife (Janet Gaynor) after they wind up in the big city. Murnau’s first American film retains the Expressionist stylization he was known for in Germany, but tempers it with a romantic softness thanks to Charles Rosher and Karl Struss’ stunning cinematography. Sunrise garnered three Oscars at the first Academy Awards, including one for “Unique and Artistic Production.”

The film will be accompanied by acclaimed Stockholm-based musician Matti Bye, who has composed an original score for the film.


Sonic Celluloid

Friday, May 18, 2012 8:00 PM

Sonic Celluloid is a collaboration between WNUR, Northwestern's student-run, non-commercial radio station (89.3 FM), and Block Cinema. Now in its ninth year, Sonic Celluloid is an experimental film and music event that features musicians performing live with their own original compositions or improvised scores to silent and experimental films of their choosing. 

Performers this year include CLEARED, WUME, and GOOD WILLSMITH. Ben Vida, previously scheduled to perform, is unable to attend.

Approximate running time is 2 hours. It will be loud!

Special thanks to Lily Oberman, Sean Kane, Ethan Simonoff, and Daniel Sloan of WNUR for organizing. Photo by Jim Newberry.


Annual Northwestern Student Film Festival

Friday, May 25, 2012 7:00 PM FREE

Join us at Block Cinema for the annual celebration of recent films by Northwestern students from all disciplines. The Annual Northwestern Student Film Festival is a competitive showcase that brings together the best of Northwestern student achievements in filmmaking from the past year.

This year's festival includes the following films:

Soft Reset, Director: Alec Ziff
Pagliacci , Director: Lawrence Dai
Dog Days, Director: Itai Joseph
After Dating For about 670 days, Director: Daniel Oh
Experiencing the Wheel, Director: Jared Bohlken, Laurel Cohen, and Daniel Cohen
As Seen on TV, Director: Joey Capuana
Escape, Director: Nic Park
Scavenger, Director: Jason Pan
Pretty, Director: Amy Reed
Freaky Furby, Director: Spenser Gabin
Praha, Director: Spenser Gabin
Donny and Carl and the Bear(d), Director: Seth Garben
Winners will be announced during the program. Approximate running time is 90 minutes.


Ruby Sparks

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:00 PM FREE
(Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, US, 2012, 111 min)

Sneak Preview—Just added! Come see the new film by the directors of Little Miss Sunshine months before its July release!

Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing —as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4RJYlSgDKM

Please note: as per the film studio, no electronic devices will be allowed into the theater (cell phones and cameras may be checked in with security and reclaimed upon exiting the theater).

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu