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2019 Classic Film Series


In 2019 celebrate ten years of the Park Ridge Public Library Classic Film Series. Since 2009 and the inaugural Film Noir series, we’ve worked to bring you the best (and often neglected) examples of classic film. We’ve covered many diverse themes and subjects over the years, but through it all, the one constant has been our core group of regular patrons. They have been there to support us every Thursday night. We hope to see them all once again-- as well as some new faces-- when we circle the globe with World Cinema. Get your passports ready!
In their home countries, the films were titled La Regle du Jeu, Ladri di biciclette, and Det sjunde inseglet. We know them as The Rules of the Game, Bicycle Thieves, and The Seventh Seal. These films, as well as the others in the series, are rightly considered masterpieces in the art of cinema. Whether you saw them long ago or are experiencing them for the first time, we invite you to join us in the meeting room. In addition to profiling key directors, World Cinema will explore the various artistic movements, such as German Expressionism, Italian Neo-Realism, and the French New Wave. We’ll also return to our origins with a film noir, Stray Dog, made by the Japanese master, Akira Kurosawa.
We begin our three-month journey in Germany on March 7 with Fritz Lang’s supernatural fantasy Destiny, which tells the tale of a young woman who, after meeting Death incarnate, is given a chance to save her dead lover. Theatre organist Jay Warren will join us as a special guest. “In addition to being the face of the Silent Film Society of Chicago, Jay performs the pre-show music for us at the Pickwick Theatre,” explains program host Matthew C. Hoffman. “This will be his first time performing at the Library. He’ll bring his digital organ and play an original score for Destiny.”
Other highlights include Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring, and Federico Fellini’s La Strada, which won the very first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. A lesser-known title in the series is A Canterbury Tale, directed by British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. “During their peak years, this was their one commercial failure,” Hoffman said. “But perhaps no other film in their canon better reflects the traditions and spiritual values of the English people.”
The season concludes with a screening of Chimes At Midnight, directed by Orson Welles in Spain. No filmmaker presented Shakespeare on film like Welles, and we’re proud to end our series with one of the great American masters of cinematic technique.


March 7 through May 30 • 7PM

Film presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. with a special introduction by Matthew C. Hoffman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  |   Free. No registration required.

March 7: Destiny* (1921) 
Director: Fritz Lang [99 min.]
*Digital organ accompaniment by Jay Warren.
March 14: The 39 Steps (1935)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock [87 min.]
March 21: Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Director: Sergei Eisenstein [111 min.]
March 28: The Rules of the Game (1939)
Director: Jean Renoir [110 min.]
April 4: A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Director: Michael Powell &
Emeric Pressburger [124 min.]
April 11: Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica [93 min.]
April 18: Stray Dog (1949)
Director: Akira Kurosawa [122 min.]
April 25: Late Spring (1949)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu [108 min.]
May 9: La Strada (1954)
Director: Federico Fellini [104 min.]
May 16: The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director: Ingmar Bergman [96 min.]
May 23: Jules and Jim (1962)
Director: Francois Truffaut [105 min.]
May 30: Chimes At Midnight (1965)
Director: Orson Welles [119 min.]
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