Trouble in Paradise
(Siskel, October 7, 11)
UCLA’s 35mm restoration of one of American cinema’s greatest bits of perfection, delirious yet precise, elegant yet amoral, a comic collaboration between director Ernst Lubitsch, screenwriter Samson Raphaelson and actors Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall.
Fox and His Friends
(Siskel, October 4)
Love is a transaction. A brute beauty, Fassbinder’s quietly savage 1975 x-ray of a simple man’s exploitation by wealthier friends after a windfall should burst from the big screen; on the recently-issued Criterion Blu-ray of this restoration, 1970s German life rises to dank existence again.
(Siskel, October 6-8, 10-12)
Godard, restored. Colors, bright. Politics, discordant. Wit? Mordant.
(Chicago Film Society at Music Box, Monday, October 9)
A 35mm print of the debut feature by Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”) that parades the punk scene of the 1982 Lower East Side, including Richard Hell, Amos Poe, Cookie Mueller and a young Chris Noth as “transvestite prostitute in van.”
The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival
(River East, October 12-26)
The first edition under the watch of newly elevated Mimi Plauché, only the second artistic director since Michael Kutza founded the annual event in 1964.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published later this year.