Tom Palazzolo Retrospective | Chicago Reader

Tom Palazzolo Retrospective

A program of five works by noted Chicago independent Tom Palazzolo, who's documented our local eccentrics with fond good humor for more than three decades. The engaging video Down Clark Street (1999) looks at a part of River North (where Palazzolo lived in the 60s), intercutting images from then and now to underline the dramatic gentrification of the neighborhood. The deli manager in Jerry's (1976) sometimes screams at his customers to keep things moving, and The Story How I Became the Tattooed Lady (1968) was shot at the old Riverview amusement park. Venus and Adonis (1966), in which Palazzolo compares himself to various muscle men on the beach, was partly a response to Gregory J. Markopoulos, the first film instructor at the School of the Art Institute, whose films used Greek mythology with grave seriousness. The highlight of the program is Enjoy Yourself—It's Later Than You Think (1973), in which seniors gather in a park to eat hot dogs and perform Hawaiian dances; at his best, Palazzolo maintains an exquisite balance between satire and warm affection. 85 min.

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