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50 Aldermen/50 Artists screening: VITO

When: Thu., March 18, 1:21 p.m. 2010

As part of the "50 Alderman/50 Artists" project, the Media Burn Independent Video Archive (mediaburn.org) is presenting two screenings / discussions of rare archival videos featuring Chicago Aldermen. Nobody exemplified the old-style machine politics of the Richard J. Daley era better than Alderman Vito Marzullo, who ruled the West Side 25th Ward virtually unchallenged from 1953 to 1985. This 60-minute documentary classic produced in 1978 reveals how the business of Chicago politics was conducted in that era, with an inside view of the legendary alderman fielding requests for jobs and street cleaning in his ward office, doing tit-for-tat deals with his fellow aldermen on the floor of the City Council, and philosophizing in his modest home with his wife of 65 years. Director Tom Weinberg will talk about what went on behind the scenes of the 25th ward and the making of this remarkable video portrait.

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