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Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, "Out of the Vault" showcases 16-millimeter films from the Chicago Film Archives, which was created to preserve the celluloid prints jettisoned by the Harold Washington Library Center in 2001. The series runs Tuesday through Thursday, May 24 through 26, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, with six programs curated and introduced by Amy Beste. Admission is free; for more information call 312-744-6630.

TUESDAY 24

This Modern World

Alex Grasshoff's Future Shock (1972) is an adaptation of Alvin Toffler's nonfiction best seller about the future of industrialized society. In The Detached Americans (1964) documentarian Dan Matticks examines the emotional numbness of the contemporary urbanite. And Ballet Robotique (1982), an Oscar-nominated short by Bob Rogers, turns the automation of a General Motors plant into a modern musical. 82 min. (7 PM)

The Anderson Platoon

In this Oscar-winning 1967 documentary, French war correspondent Pierre Schoendoerffer follows an integrated combat unit on its search-and-destroy missions in Vietnam. 69 min. (8:45 PM)

WEDNESDAY 25

The Working Life

Abigail and Jon Child directed Game (1972), a documentary about a prostitute and her pimp. Max and Jeff Miller's The Badge and the Bottle (1977) looks at policemen who suffer from alcoholism. And in Chuck Hansen--One Guy (1959), filmmakers Olle Comstedt and Maurice Groen profile the title character, who undergoes diversity training to overcome his bigotry. 86 min. (7 PM)

The Sporting Life

Roger Brown and Barry Corbet's Ski the Outer Limits (1968) compiles various skiing stunts. George Dufaux and Wolf Koenig's I Was a Ninety Pound Weakling (1960) looks at bodybuilding and weight loss. W.H. Auden wrote and reads the narration for Runner (1962), a profile of Canadian long-distance runner Bruce Kidd. Also on the program: the weight-loss documentary Contouring Your Figure (1962). 71 min. (8:45 PM)

THURSDAY 26

Fantastic Planet

Joy and George Adamson, authors of the classic Born Free, directed Elsa and Her Cubs (1970), a chronicle of their experiences with the title lioness. Alan Root's Baobab: Portrait of a Tree (1973) examines the various creatures who live in the African baobab tree. Secrets of the Underwater World (1956) is excerpted from the Disney educational feature Secrets of Life, directed by James Algar. Also on the program: Thomas Stanton's Carnivorous Plants (1979). 81 min. (7 PM)

Sad Song of Yellow Skin

Three young journalists from the U.S. experience South Vietnam in this 1970 documentary by Michael Rubbo. 59 min. (8:45 PM)

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