Chicago International Film Festival 2011: A day-by-day guide to week two
We review the second week's titles in a comprehensive roundup.
All screenings take place at the AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St) unless otherwise noted.
For advance tickets, call 312-332-FILM, go to ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival or stop by the festival office (30 E Adams St, Suite 800). For passes, go to chicagofilmfestival.com.
* 7pm The Artist Dir. Michel Hazanavicius. 2011. 100mins. France. It’s hard not to have mixed feelings about the fest’s closing-night feature—a silent film that will inevitably be marketed to and embraced by people who never watch silent films. (Wouldn’t it be better to rent the genuine article?) But this craftily made, crowd-pleasing homage clearly has its heart in the right place, even if it’s destined to remain in the shadow of its lofty forebears: The movie splices Singin’ in the Rain and A Star Is Born, charting the fading career of a matinee idol (Jean Dujardin) after the introduction of sound.—Ben Kenigsberg