Film Center presents a digital restoration of The Gold Rush and other notable screenings



Lord of the dance: Chaplin plays with his food in The Gold Rush (1925)
  • Lord of the dance: Chaplin plays with his food in The Gold Rush (1925)
This week Gene Siskel Film Center screens a new digital restoration of Charles Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925), including six minutes of footage long deleted from circulating prints and a 5.1 Dolby digital recording of Chaplin's original score. Another great revival this week is Elia Kazan's Wild River (1960), presented next Wednesday at the Portage by Northwest Chicago Film Society.

Check out this week's issue for new reviews of Battleship, a naval adventure adapted from the board game (Ben Sachs wrote a fine Bleader post about it this week); Hick, with Chloe Grace Moretz as a preteen who runs away from home and falls in with some good-for-nothings; Hysteria, with Hugh Dancy as the patenter of the electromagnetic vibrator and Maggie Gyllenhaal as the woman who finds him stimulating; The Man Who Will Come, not a sequel to Hysteria but an Italian drama about the Nazi massacre of several hundred citizens in the Italian village of Marzabotto; Men in Black 3, another go-round for the popular comedy sci-fi franchise; Polisse, a French drama about cops in Paris's Child Protection Unit; and Wallander: The Revenge, a Swedish whodunit about a small-town police captain dealing with a string of murders and bombings.

More choice repertory screenings: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve (1950), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (1993), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982), Saturday at the Portage; Lee Chang-dong's Poetry (2010), next Thursday at Doc Films; Josef von Sternberg's The Scarlet Empress (1934), Sunday at Doc; Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum (2008), next Thursday at Block Museum; and at River East 21 and Crown Village 18, Pixar favorites Ratatouille (2009), Up (2009), and WALL-E (2008).

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