Friday, January 1, 2010

Pandora's Box screens in Chicago Jan. 2

Tomorrow, on January 2, 2010 the Bank of America Cinema in Chicago, Illinois will screen a 35mm print of Pandora's Box. The screening will feature live electronic theater organ accompaniment by Jay Warren.

The film starts at 8:00 pm at Bank of America Cinema, which is located at 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641. Entrance is in the back. Admission is $5 or $3 if you're over 55 or under 10. Popcorn is a one dollar, parking is free.

The schedule of films for the first half of the year for the Bank of America Cinema can be found on its blog.

This event received a write-up by Michael Philips in today's Chicago Tribune. The author described Louise Brooks, who stars as Lulu in Pandora's Box, as "her own island of allure." The author also quoted Henri Langlois, director of the Cinematheque Francaise, who years earlier said this of the actress.

"Those who have seen her can never forget her. She is the modern actress par excellence....As soon as she takes the screen, fiction disappears along with art, and one has the impression of being present at a documentary. The camera seems to have caught her by surprise, without her knowledge."


  1. This is real close to where I live. Gonna try to make it out tomorrow!

  2. that sure isnt close to where i live but its great just to know that this incredible masterpiece is able to be seen by people in a theater and with live music as well, what a treat!

  3. IF ONLY more B of A's had an art-house cinema! Talk about an "island of allure". ... The Bank of America Cinema; it sounds like it should seat 80,000 people, or at least have stadium seating. What it is is an auditorium in a neighborhood bank building. Both the building and the auditorium have survived three successive bank mergers and remained as the home of a venerable Saturday night movie program for more than thirty (30) years. The neighborhood, incidentally -- Portage Park -- has the largest concentration of Poles in Chicago (and thus, the world outside of Poland); and the 1300-seat Portage Theater (1920) hosts the Silent Film Society of Chicago. ... There's a Bank of America around the corner from Brooks's Bucky Street residence in Rochester. She would have seen an Atlantic gas station there.

    ALSO ON January 2nd, Brooks received mention in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on page 1B. "Good News" columnist Jim Memmott, a retired Senior Editor at the paper, mused about making "a list of 175 movers and shakers in honor of the city's 175th birthday":

    "Another problem: Should I have a residency rule? Some people grew up here, went away, got famous, and didn't even come back for the Lilac Festival.

    "Silent film star Louise Brooks did it the other way. She came here in 1960 [sic], having made all the films she would ever make. She pretty much stayed in her apartment until her death in 1985, becoming, in effect, Rochester's best-known recluse."

    I'll drop Jimbo a line.


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