Doc Films

Doc Films

Student-run, non-profit movie theater at the University of Chicago since 1932. Showing a different movie every day of the quarter.

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  • Twenty Years Later

  • Border River

  • True Stories

  • Last Things

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  • Twenty Years Later

    Twenty Years Later

    One of Brazil’s most prolific documentarists, Eduardo Coutinho set out to retell the life and death of farm workers’ leader João Pedro Teixeira only to have the project interrupted by the 1964 coup d’etat. In TWENTY YEARS LATER, he returns to his subjects, weaving together footage from the unfinished project with interviews that reveal the resilience of those fighting injustice on Brazilian plantations.

    Screening as a part of ANTROPOFAGIA: REINVENTING CLASS AND RACE IN BRAZILIAN CINEMA.

  • Border River

    Border River

    During the Civil War, a Confederate officer (Joel McCrea) crosses the border into a Mexican free trade zone with stolen Union gold in order to buy guns. The film’s unique location and narrative stand in contrast to its depoliticized reduction of the Civil War to personal squabbling. In this sense, BORDER RIVER is an unusual iteration on common Hollywood tropes.

    Screening as a part of A BRIEF INTRO TO GEORGE SHERMAN.

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  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    In an autobiographical character study, Bob Fosse – filmmaker and legendary stage director/choreographer –metaphorically turns the camera on himself. Roy Scheider plays Joe Gideon, a Broadway stage director at the prime of his career. Despite his successes, he can feel his time in the sun running out. Tumbling down an increasingly debaucherous life outside of the limelight, Gideon is visited by an angel of death named Angelique.

    Screening as a part of REVISING THE MUSICAL.

  • True Stories

    True Stories

    Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s vibrant vision of America centers on a Texas town celebrating its sesquicentennial. Inspired by tabloid headlines, Byrne crafts an idiosyncratic look at the country’s changing landscape and the culture of everyday Americana. TRUE STORIES is suffused with colorful characters and songs from the band’s album of the same name — one of which would later inspire another legendary rock band, Radiohead.

    Screening as a part of REINVENTING THE MUSICAL.