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The Film Discussion Group comes back to in-person brunches in a big way while looking at the works of the phenomenal screenwriter and director Billy Wilder! From zany comedy to the blackest noir and across genres like war films, romances, and social satires, Wilder put together an amazing run of quality films. Some of them we'll definitely be talking about include:
"Ball Of Fire" (directed by Howard Hawks, written by Wilder)
"Ace In The Hole"
"Witness For the Prosecution"
"Some Like It Hot"
"One, Two, Three"
"The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes"
but the conversation is open for any of Wilder's efforts, so don't be surprised if some Fortune Cookies or Front Pages come up. Drop on by the Red Lion to lose the weekend in film conversation!
The Gene Siskel Film Center has now opened up their theater again, and found a hell of a film to showcase its return to screenings - one that's just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and directed by Leos Carax, whose previous film "Holy Motors" is one of the best movies about movies that's ever been made.
Carax is an inspired, go-for-broke filmmaker, and he's aiming high in "Annette", which is a musical about a couple (Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver) caught between the performance worlds of opera and stand-up, high art and celebrity exploitation, whose union produces a child with some very unique talents. This film goes far beyond descriptions like 'conventional' or even 'entertaining', but it's guaranteed that you've never seen a movie like it, and it will make for a spirited conversation afterwards (most likely at the Emerald Loop Tavern on 216 N Wabash).
Getting tickets in advance is HIGHLY recommended ($14), which you can pick up at this link: https://gsfc.eventive.org/films/annette-60ef12e830b32a0083909b59
With a few recent exceptions (Moonlight, Parasite), pre-Oscar buzz has all but eliminated the element of surprise as to who the Best Picture winner might be. Let's look at a year when all predictions were confounded and so many lost their Oscar pools. In 1981 we had a grand historical epic, two small dramas featured the return of classic Hollywood's finest in top form, not to mention possibly the most acclaimed and loved action/adventure movie of all time. Yet, somehow, it was the lesser seen British underdog with no stars that won the race to the finish line.
Join us to discuss the Academy Award Best Picture nominees of 1981:
* Atlantic City
* Chariots of Fire
* On Golden Pond
* Raiders of the Lost Ark