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What better film to celebrate International Women’s Day than this scintillating satire by a leading female director that brings together a bevy of great actresses to debunk an icon of traditional masculinity? It is the tenth anniversary of the death of Saverio Crispo, legendary matinee idol from the golden age of Italian cinema. A memorial event has brought together the extended family left behind by his various marriages and affairs, including five daughters of different nationalities. The reunion stirs up a hornet’s nest of long-standing rivalries and resentments, as well as fresh revelations that suggest the Latin Lover was not all that he appeared to be. Cleverly recreated film clips parodying classic movies highlight this ambivalent tribute to golden-age cinema, which, as one character notes, "left a lot on the outside." The killer cast includes Marisa Paredes, Angela Finocchiaro, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Candela Peña, and, in her final film, Virna Lisi.

In Italian, Spanish, and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of RAI Com. Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

1200 films were produced in Nazi Germany; some forty remain banned — allowed out of the vault only under special circumstances. This fascinating documentary by the director of HARLAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SÜSS examines the most notorious, the most outrageous, and the most troublingly effective of them, including the anti-Semitic blockbuster JEW SÜSS, the pro-euthanasia I ACCUSE, the militaristic musical CARL PETERS, and the insidious HOMECOMING, which depicts Germans as the victims of Polish atrocities. As interesting as the films themselves are the different contexts in which they are viewed and the different reactions they provoke, ranging from Israelis who are relatively unfazed to Germans who are more squeamish to neo-Nazis who still find them useful as recruiting tools. Should they remain under lock-and-key, or does prohibition give them an undeserved mystique? One thing remains clear: These films are still remarkably relevant, both for their specific content and for the general issues they raise. level 3 education In German, English, Hebrew, and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films. DCP digital. (MR)

In his first feature, Augustsén stakes his claim in the deadpan absurdist territory pioneered by Jarmusch, Kaurismäki, and Andersson, and shows himself a budding master of the discomfiting pause, the delayed reaction, the droll anticlimax, and the rigorous compositional frame. An old Roma woman is seized by a sudden urge to reclaim her antique clock, sending her three grandchildren on an odyssey across the lonesome, big-sky highways of northern Sweden (captured in beautifully bleak black-and-white). Along the way, crosswords are completed (including the mysterious entry, "garbage helicopter"), a cow is run over, a speed-trap camera is demolished, a Holocaust museum is visited, the world’s second-biggest chair is solemnly viewed, and a gang of art thieves is encountered. Augustsén’s level gaze takes in the significant and the trivial, the expected and the unexpected, the bizarre and the banal, with a cool equanimity that is both disorienting and invigorating. In Swedish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Swedish Film Institute. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

For his third film, the eclectic Sfar (THE RABBI’S CAT, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE) has exhumed a little-known 1970 film noir and given it a beautifully designed repackaging that befits his background as one of France’s leading comic-book artists. Freckled, long-stemmed Dany (Mavor of the cult British TV show "Skins") is a mousy ad-agency secretary with a micro-skirted hottie simmering underneath. Given the errand of returning her boss’s blue Thunderbird from the airport, she impulsively takes it on a joyride to the Riviera ("I’ve never seen the sea"), only to find that everyone she encounters en route claims to have seen her the day before. Is she hallucinating, amnesiac, or the victim of a bizarre conspiracy? Sfar drenches this twisty puzzler in an ultra-atmospheric, homage-cum-parody style that recalls such recent retro-revisions as THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS. average salary based on education level In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

From PADRE PADRONE to CAESAR MUST DIE, the Taviani brothers have ranked among the most celebrated Italian filmmakers, exploring the complexities of human nature with a vigorous mixture of neorealism and modernism. For their 21st film, they present five tales from the 14th-century classic "The Decameron," taking a very different approach from that of Pasolini’s famous 1971 version. Visualized with Giotto-like purity, the Tavianis’ version pays more attention to the framework around the tales, encompassing both the plague (evoked in a stark, hellish prologue) that drives the ten young Florentines to flee the city, and the act of storytelling itself, as an emblem for the power of art to transcend the various "plagues" that afflict the world. Centered around themes of love and imagination, the perverse-skewing tales involve a plague victim whose resurrection nullifies her marriage; a dolt who thinks he can make himself invisible; a possessive father driven to extremes by jealousy; a convent where chastity is observed more in name than in deed; and a man whose devotion to his trained falcon faces the ultimate test. In Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Film Movement/RAM Releasing. DCP digital. (MR)

Previously portrayed by Greta Garbo and Liv Ullmann, Sweden’s Queen Kristina was one of the most complex and fascinating women in history. Without male offspring, her monarch father declared Kristina successor and "king." Intellectually curious, adept at hunting and sword-fighting, she scandalized her straitlaced Protestant counselors by advocating educational reforms, flirting with Catholicism, and more than flirting with her lovely lady-in-waiting Ebba Sparre (Gadon). With a screenplay by Canadian gay playwright Michel Marc Bouchard ("Tom at the Farm"), director Kaurismäki opts for juicy set-pieces over dry history-lessons. what is the highest level of education Topped by Malin Buska’s vibrant lead performance, the cast also features Michael Nyqvist as the Queen’s protective chancellor, Patrick Bachau as the wily René Descartes, and Martina Gedeck as Kristina’s loony Queen Mother, whose Bette/Joan-level bitch-fest with her daughter is one of the film’s highlights. In English, French, and German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wolfe Releasing. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

In this companion-piece to his Hermitage-ramble RUSSIAN ARK, director Sokurov once again uses an iconic museum as the jumping-off point for a dense and digressive meditation on art and history. what is the highest level of education you have achieved The site this time is the Louvre, with a special focus on its fortunes during the Nazi Occupation, and the complex relationship between two key players: the cultivated German overseer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and his wary collaborator, museum director Jacques Jaujard. In contrast to the all-in-one-take aesthetic of RUSSIAN ARK, the method here is more of a patchwork bricolage, unified by Sokurov’s sardonic commentary as he ranges far and wide to take in a modern-day equivalent of Gericault’s "The Raft of the Medusa," the role of museums in the construction of nationhood, the relationship of Europe to Russia, ghostly visitations by Napoleon and national symbol Marianne, and much more. In Russian, French, German, and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Music Box Films. DCP digital. (MR)

After his acclaimed crime saga GOMORRAH and his reality-show satire REALITY, director Garrone moves into the realm of fable and fantasy, but his vision is no less vivid, disturbing, and even (with a little extrapolation) contemporarily relevant. Drawn from a collection of Neapolitan folk tales compiled by 17th-century poet Giambattista Basile, these are decidedly fairy stories for adults — bloody and bawdy, with brutal comeuppances in place of comforting morals. As in GOMORRAH, Garrone shuttles among multiple plotlines, here involving three adjacent kingdoms subject to the whims of their self-indulgent monarchs: Desperate for a child, a barren queen (Salma Hayek) strikes a devil’s bargain that hinges on eating a sea monster’s heart. A goofy king (Toby Jones) raises a gigantic flea while neglecting his feisty daughter (Bebe Cave). A horny sovereign (Vincent Cassel) becomes infatuated with a woman (Hayley Carmichael) through her beautiful voice, overlooking the possibility that the sight might not match the sound. In English. Courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)