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This Thursday in repertory screenings: Street gangs, bows and arrows, and Poison Friends

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Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood
  • Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood
We've been remiss in failing to report on the summer screenings presented by the Silent Film Society of Chicago at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge. The venerable programming organization has already shown the rare comedy It's the Old Army Game (starring W.C. Fields and Louise Brooks), Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon, and Cecil B. DeMille's The Whispering Chorus, but they still have three more screenings on the way. This Thursday at 7:30 PM brings the Douglas Fairbanks version of Robin Hood (1922), directed by one of the strongest workhorses in Hollywood history, Allan Dwan (whose filmography stretches from 1911 to 1961 and contains roughly 400 titles). On deck are the 1925 comedy The Lucky Devil (on Thursday 8/14) and Erich von Stroheim's The Wedding March (on Thursday 8/21). The latter screening will feature a preshow set from Rajiv Halim's jazz quintet.

Thursday night is rich with repertory and one-off screenings. In addition to the Siskel Center's presentation of the rediscovered local documentary Lord Thing (the subject of J.R. Jones's long review in this week's issue), Floyd Webb's programming outfit Black World Cinema will present the Chicago premiere of Cristo Rey, a recent crime drama from the Dominican Republic, at the Chatham 14 at 7 PM. Named after the Santo Domingo shantytown where it takes place, Cristo Rey tells the story of two half-brothers (one Dominican, the other half-Haitian) in love with the same girl, the sister of a local drug lord. It screens at the same time as Doc Films's revival of the underrated French drama Poison Friends (2006)—which, come to think of it, sounds like it could be an alternate title for Cristo Rey.

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