From the Pole to the Equator | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

From the Pole to the Equator


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Italian avant-gardists Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi's remarkable feature was on my ten best list last year, and it's good to see it getting another airing in Chicago. It's a film made up exclusively of footage shot by the Italian court photographer Luca Comerio around 1910--tinted, step-printed into slow motion, and accompanied by an effective, wordless sound track. The images, as suggested by the title, come from all over--including African jungles, Indian villages, European landscapes, and polar icebergs--and the overriding theme is photography as imperialism, and imperialism as photography. At once mesmerizing, haunting, and thoughtful, this fascinating and unique compilation, edited by D.A. Pennebaker, stays in the mind for a long time afterward. (Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday, March 12, 7:45, and Sunday, March 13, 6:00, 443-3737)

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment