If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll have fun learning about the classical Hollywood period of filmmaking as well as interacting with other classic movie fans. Each movie will be introduced, providing important background information to make the movie watching experience as enjoyable as possible. Q & A and discussion time after each film viewing will give everyone a chance to contribute their impressions and opinions. It will be like going to film school, but with no tests, quizzes, or finals!
Forgotten Film Noir
Some of the films screened will feature films noirs that have been “forgotten” or passed over by some of the more iconic or famous films from the genre, but are every bit as enjoyable.
Criss Cross (1948) will launch the series. This exciting film noir stars Burt Lancaster (The Killers 1946) and Yvonne DeCarlo, most famous today for playing Lily Munster on the 1960s television comedy The Munsters. DeCarlo had a significant career in film and her role as Anna shows just how versatile an actor she was. Also starring is Dan Duryea, one of the movies most popular character actors. Duryea often portrayed crooks and bad guys and his role as mobster Slim Dundee is no exception.
The film was directed by Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase 1946) who directed Lancaster in his breakout performance in The Killers. Siodmak was a German film director who immigrated to the United States, along with his younger brother Curt who was a prominent screenwriter at Universal Studios. Robert was a studio director at Universal. He is credited with discovering Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Tony Curtis, and Debra Paget. Siodmak directed some of the most popular films of the 1940s.
Chicago Film Club Full Schedule
Save these dates. The full movie list is below; mark these dates on your calendar!*
January 10: Criss Cross (1948)
January 22: Gun Crazy (1950)
February 3: Fallen Angel (1945)
February 24: They Drive By Night (1940)
March 11: High Sierra (1941)
March 30: Leave Her To Heaven (1945)
April 8: The Woman in The Window (1944)
April 22: This Gun for Hire (1942)
May 4: Scarlet Street (1945)
May 20: Call Northside 777 (1948)
June 3: Gaslight (1944)
June 26: House of Strangers (1949)
All movies will screen at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for everyone.
To stay on top of all the Chicago Film Club screenings, join us on Meet Up (it’s free to join). Besides these screenings, we’ll inform you of other classic movie events happening in Chicago.
Dates subject to change. Be sure to check this blog and the Meetup site for the latest information and updates.