Gene Siskel Film Center
now showing the following films
by Annette Dixon
Downton Abbey fans will enjoy coming to the theater at Gene Siskel at the end of November. It’s 1926, and with the aristocratic Crawley Family expecting a royal visit, the clan’s smart and ever spunky ingenue Lady Mary (Dockery) summons beloved old school butler, Mr Carson (Jim Carter) out of retirement to rally the faithful crew of servants. The showings are November 29 through December 5, check the schedule at www.siskelfilmcenter.org .
One of the two films I was able to screen recently, Mr. Klein which is a two week run and featuring new restoration. This French 1976, 123 minutes Joseph Losey movie has actors Alain Delon, Jeanne
Moreau and Juliet Berto. I enjoyed the film with the new look for it made for better viewing than the 1976 quality of film. If you have seen this film, I can describe it briefly. It is set in 1942 during the Nazi
occupation of France, a Parisian art-dealer who is comfortably profiting off the Jews fleeing the country. When a newsletter arrives at his door in Yiddish, Mr. Klein becomes obsessed with finding the other Mr. Klein, so much so that he becomes a target for the Nazi Authorities, in which various suspicions are engulfing France. Mr. Klein finds his nemesis, Mr. Robert Klein, the look alike, but never actually solves the problem with the authorities. This movie can be seen during the week of November 8 through the 14th and November 15 through the 21st.
Another good screening I went to was A Night with Janis Joplin, in which David Horn brings in musical talents such as Mary Bridget Davies, and Aurianna Angelique. Enjoy the Tony Award nominated
Broadway musical sensation celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences, icons including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of the rock and
roll’s greatest legends. This can be seen also at the Siskel Film Center on Saturday, November 9th at 8:00pm and Monday, November 11, 7:45pm.
Fleabag with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 80 minutes comedy brought back by popular demand, is entertaining with her one woman show which inspired BBC’s hit TV series. She is sassy and deals with woman’s issues, you can see her on the big screen at Siskel Theater until November 30.