Bill Douglass My Childhood screened at Doc Films in February.

  • Bill Douglas’s My Childhood screened at Doc Films in February.

I had far less difficulty picking ten favorite new releases of 2012 than I did selecting just one older movie as my favorite revival of the year. Chicago remains an incredible city in which to learn about film history; every week offers numerous big-screen presentations of classics and rediscoveries and in a variety of venues. My 20 favorite revival screenings of the past year, listed below the jump, took place at art-house theaters, universities, living rooms, and one bar. While I didn’t find room for them on the list, the Logan Theatre’s late-night revivals of older films (which range from cult hits like Return to Oz to established classics like Days of Heaven) have been a welcome contribution to the city’s movie culture. These casual exhibitions confirm that movie history is simply part of daily life here.