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Reel Life: nursing the serpent

“Medicine runs in my family,” says Barbara Bird, a 50-year-old former nurse turned documentary filmmaker. “My mother is a nurse. My great-grandmother was a nurse. My dad is a doctor. My grandfather was a doctor. The whole family was medical.” And medicated too, she points out in Handmaidens, her video revealing the dark side of […]

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Decalogue

By a cruel twist of fate, Krzysztof Kieslowski’s major work, made in 1988, is finally receiving its Chicago theatrical premiere only a few days after his death at the age of 54. Ten separate films, each running 50-odd minutes and set mainly around two facing high-rises in Warsaw, are built around a contemporary reflection on […]

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Emmylou Harris

EMMYLOU HARRIS When Emmylou Harris released Wrecking Ball (Elektra) last year quite a few old fans and country purists balked at the notion of a record produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Neville Brothers) that featured songs written by Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young. It’s easy to forget, however, that prior to the crucial role Harris […]

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The Pack Is Back

The Pack Is Back, at the Jazz Buffet. Like the Beatles, the Rat Pack will never reunite—except in deft impersonations and restoration revues like this one. The slim premise is that Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin return from heaven for a last fling with Frank Sinatra. The script (by Mark S. Rossella and producers […]