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Fred Camper Lecture and French Film PLAYTIME
(released 12/9/2015)

School of the Art instructor Fred Camper will be present for the 15, December 6 o'clock evening screening of PLAYTIME. The French film with English subtitles was shot on 35mm and released in 1967.

From September 8 through December 15, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled "Cities in Cinema," with weekly Tuesday lectures by Fred Camper, artist and longtime art and film critic for the Chicago Reader and many other publications. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

– Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

This series explores connections between cinema and the modern city. The mechanized city emerged alongside cinema's origins, and some films, notably MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, suggest this parallel. The city is often present as a mechanism outside the characters’ control, most obviously in METROPOLIS. Cities may serve as backdrops for narratives (COLLATERAL), and as metaphors for the central theme of a narrative (L’ARGENT). Documentaries have focused on the inhabitants of the city (LE JOLI MAI), and experimental filmmakers have depicted it poetically (RAIN).

– Fred Camper

Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601

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