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Film: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, Doc Films, May 5

The University of Chicago Germanic Studies Department & Human Rights Program,
in association with Doc Films, proudly present the Chicago Sneak Preview of

*Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration)

*Made for the U. S. Departmen of War in 1946, this historic documentary about the first Nuremberg trial against leading Nazi officials was widely shown in Germany, but suppressed in the US.
“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” depicts the most famous courtroom drama in modern times, and the first to make extensive use of film as evidence. It was also the first trial to be extensively documented, aurally and visually. All of the proceedings, which lasted for nearly 11 months, were recorded. And though the trial was filmed while it was happening, strict limits were placed on the Army Signal Corps cameramen by the Office of Criminal Counsel. In the end, they were permitted to film only about 25 hours over the entire course of the trial. This was to prove a great impediment for writer/director Stuart Schulberg, and his editor Joseph Zigman, when they were engaged to make the official film about the trial, in 1946, shortly after its conclusion.

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Film: Kanal, Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, April 14


When: Thu, April 14, 9:30pm – 11:01pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Underground Cinema (Andrzej Wajda, 1957) • At the end of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, a group of Polish resistance fighters retreat into the sewers in a desperate attempt at escape from the Nazis. They become disoriented, unable to return to the light of the surface for fear of being shot, and instead are forced to wade through endless fumes and sewage. The second installment of Wajda’s World War II trilogy, Kanał is a stark and harrowing depiction of hell within the earth. It helped to establish not only Wajda’s career, but also Polish cinema’s reputation on the world stage, winning the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. 16mm



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Film: The Mysteries of the Organism, Dusan Makavejev, 1971, Doc Films, February 14

Monday, February 14, 2011 7:00 pm

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

Dusan Makavejev, 1971 • “Cancer and fascism are closely related. Fascism is the frenzy of sexual cripples,” a narrator intones over kaleidoscopic images of an outdoor couple making love in WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM. So goes a frenzied investigation of sex, medical science and fascism. Makavejev makes films of a genre hard to describe or imagine without direct experience: deeply pleasurable collaged critiques of political systems. Banned in the former Yugoslavia immediately upon release, WR is deliriously overflowing with information about the life and career of Wilhelm Reich, unsimulated sex, advertising jingles, and Balkan melodrama. 35mm
Introduced by Josephine Ferorelli

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