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Friday, June 8, 2012

Studio Ghibli, Jane Fonda, and other notable screenings

Posted By on 06.08.12 at 09:58 AM

Hayao Miyazakis Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind screens this week in the Film Centers Studio Ghibli series
  • Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind screens this week in the Film Center's Studio Ghibli series
This week, the Gene Siskel Film Center launches Castles in the Sky, a two-month retrospective of the animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli (Tal Rosenberg has a short review in the current issue of Only Yesterday, which plays in the series this week). The studio is renowned for its detailed, hand-drawn animation and for the masterful storytelling of its two main directors, Hayao Miayzaki and Isao Takahata; it’ll be a pleasure to see their films in a theater. This series doesn’t have anything to do with J.R. Jones’s insightful essay about the life and career of Jane Fonda that appears in this week’s issue, but I’d recommend spending time with both.

Also in this issue we have new reviews of: Elles, a French drama about prostitution starring Juliette Binoche; Matchmaking Mayor, a comic documentary from the Czech Republic; Nate and Margaret, a locally shot feature about an unlikely friendship; Pink Ribbons, Inc., a documentary about the public perception of breast cancer; Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s prequel to Alien; and Snow White and the Huntsman, a new adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

Best bets for repertory: Eric Rohmer’s Summer (aka The Green Ray) (1986), Friday at Block Cinema in Evanston; the Harold Lloyd comedy Girl Shy (1924), Saturday at the Music Box; John Landis's An American Werewolf in London, Saturday night at the Portage; and Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1945), Sunday at the Music Box.

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