In this week’s long review, Ben Sachs describes the filmmaking of French director Philippe Garrel as “a cross between Romantic poetry and the experimental cinema of Andy Warhol.” Garrel’s latest feature, Jealousy, screens all week at Gene Siskel Film Center. Friday brings the opening night of Noir City: Chicago 6, a weeklong festival of film noirs presented by Music Box and the Film Noir Foundation. And we’ve got recommended reviews of Laughter, a 1930 comedy that opens Jonathan Rosenbaum’s semester-long lecture series “The Unquiet American: Transgressive Comedies From the U.S.,” and Ira Sachs’s Love Is Strange, with Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as an aging gay couple in New York who are forced to live apart after their legal marriage brings unintended consequences.
Check out our new reviews of: Bound by Flesh, a documentary about the famous conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton; Frank, an offbeat British comedy starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric pop singer who wears a giant papier-mache head 24/7; A Letter to Momo, a Japanese animation after the fashion of Hayao Miyazaki; Masculinity/Femininity, an intellectual documentary about identity politics and the social construction of gender; Me and You, the latest from Italian master Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor), screening exclusively at the Davis; The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan as a retired CIA agent coming out of retirement to protect a Chechen woman who knows too much; To Be Takei, a documentary profile of Star Trek actor and gay-rights activist George Takei; and Yves Saint Laurent, a biopic of the legendary fashion designer.
Best bets for repertory: Cinda Firestone’s Attica (1974), Friday at Logan Center for the Arts; Bob Fosse’s Cabaret (1972), Saturday and Sunday morning at Music Box; Michael Roemer’s Nothing But a Man (1964), Saturday at University of Chicago Doc Films; George Miller’s The Road Warrior (1981), late-night Friday at the Logan; Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935), Saturday and Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center; and John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), late-night Monday at the Logan.
And what would Labor Day weekend be without Halloween entertainment? This Friday and Saturday at the McHenry Outdoor Theater, the local Terror in the Aisles outfit presents the Drive-In Massacre, a marathon of cheesy horror flicks.