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<cite>Monty Python Live (Mostly)</cite>

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

directed by Monty Python in English starring John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

One down, five to go.

<cite>Death of a Cyclist</cite>

Death of a Cyclist

directed by Juan Antonio Bardem in Spanish starring Lucia Bose and Alberto Closas

An adulterous couple—wealthy socialite and university professor—hit a cyclist on their way back from an illicit tryst. Fearing exposure of the affair, they leave the man to die. Gradually the noose tightens around them. A Cannes festival winner, starring Lucia Bose and Alberto Closas.

<cite>The One I Love</cite>

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Next screening, 3:30pm

The One I Love

directed by Charlie McDowell starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson

An intriguing comedy with Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.

“Charlie McDowell makes an incredibly assured directorial debut with this smart crowd-pleaser, featuring spectacular performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.” —Variety

<cite>Born to Be Bad</cite>

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Next screening, 4:30pm

Born to Be Bad

directed by Nicholas Ray starring Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan

Joan Fontaine looks sweet and innocent on the surface, but after she steals millionaire Zachary Scott away from another woman, she continues an illicit affair with novelist Robert Ryan. Things just get more complicated from there in this daring and nasty melodrama. One of Nick Ray’s best early films—presented along with the original deleted ending! 35mm print courtesy of the George Eastman House

<cite>Ossessione</cite>

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Next screening, 7:00pm

Ossessione

directed by Luchino Visconti in Italian starring Clara Calamai and Massimo Girotti

Based on James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, the first acclaimed work of Italian neorealism is a gritty, earthy (and unlicensed) adaptation of the famous noir novella, much closer in tone and spirit to Cain’s tale than the 1946 Hollywood version. Clara Calamai and Massimo Girotti burn up the screen as the doomed lovers, but Visconti makes the story as much about poverty as about lust and greed. The film was banned by Italy’s Fascist government, and MGM (legal holder of the movie rights) confiscated and destroyed all the prints it could find. Yet Ossessione survives, a stunning hybrid of noir and neorealism—the director’s first masterpiece.

<cite>Pépé Le Moko</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 31 Aug, 2:00pm

Pépé Le Moko

directed by Julien Duvivier in French starring Jean Gabin

Parisian crook Pépé Le Moko (the legendary Jean Gabin) thrives within Algier’s Casbah, where the locals protect him from the police. But a canny cop uses romance as the bait when Pépé falls for a beautiful tourist. Exhibit A in the argument that the French were the first to do “Noir.”

<cite>Quai des orfèvres</cite>
Next screening, Sun 31 Aug, 4:30pm

Quai des orfèvres

directed by H.G. Clouzot in French starring Susie Delair, Louis Jouvert

Jenny Lamour (Susie Delair), a flighty and ambitious showgirl, is the prime suspect in the death of an elderly showbiz patron. But beleaguered inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvert) overlooks no possible suspect in the bustling theatre. An exceptional policier, rich with colorful characters.

<cite>Rififi</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 31 Aug, 7:00pm

Rififi

directed by Jules Dassin in French

This French equivalent of The Asphalt Jungle focuses on four professional crooks determined to execute the perfect heist. Transplanted American director Dassin executes the most suspenseful robbery sequence of all-time in this legendary crime classic. Jean Servais leads the gang.

<cite>Two Men in Manhattan</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 31 Aug, 9:30pm

Two Men in Manhattan

directed by Jean-Pierre Melville in English

When a French delegate to the United Nations vanishes into thin air, two French journalists comb nocturnal Manhattan in search of answers. Melville’s obsession with the look and sound of American culture is given free rein in this jazzily directed homage to film noir and New York.

<cite>Caged</cite>

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Next screening, Mon 1 Sep, 3:00pm

Caged

directed by John Cromwell starring Eleanor Parker

Flat-out the best “women behind bars” movie ever made. Sentenced to prison for her role in a failed robbery that killed her husband, vulnerable innocent Marie Allen (Oscar-nominated Eleanor Parker) undergoes a degrading transformation in “the joint.” Parker gives the performance of her career, supported by a cell block of sensational actresses: Agnes Moorehead, Hope Emerson, Betty Garde, Jan Sterling, Lee Patrick, Jane Darwell and many more. A classic!

<cite>Tension</cite>

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Next screening, Mon 1 Sep, 5:00pm

Tension

directed by John Berry starring Audrey Totter, Barry Sullivan and William Conrad

Vampy sexpot Audrey Totter is married to mild-mannered druggist Richard Basehart—but she sleeps with every “real man” she sees. So Basehart takes the noir way out—kills his wife’s lover and disappears into a new identity. But cops Barry Sullivan and William Conrad smell a rat. Then Audrey and Barry eye each other … and the tension is stretched to the breaking point. John Berry’s direction steamrolls the plot holes flat—and Totter is a 100-proof hoot.

<cite>One Way Street</cite>

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Next screening, Tue 2 Sep, 5:00pm

One Way Street

directed by Hugo Fregonese starring James Mason, Dan Duryea

Even though he had just begun his American film career, James Mason already had his doomed fugitive persona down pat in Odd Man Out and The Reckless Moment. Here he’s a disillusioned doctor who feels responsible for his wife’s death and believes he’s only worthy of patching up wounded criminals. He tricks Los Angeles gang boss Dan Duryea out of his latest haul, and absconds with Duryea’s more than willing moll, Marta Toren. They head to Mexico with the swag—but can they outrun Duryea’s limitless reach?

<cite>Hardly a Criminal</cite>

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Next screening, Tue 2 Sep, 7:00pm

Hardly a Criminal

directed by Hugo Fregonese in Spanish starring Jorge Salcedo

A bank employee (Jorge Salcedo) uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison. A vivid cross between Naked City and Brute Force, and an evocative look at mid-20th century Buenos Aires.

<cite>Drunken Angel</cite>

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Next screening, Wed 3 Sep, 5:00pm

Drunken Angel

directed by Akira Kurosawa in Japanese starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

An alcoholic doctor and a tubercular gangster forge an unexpected friendship after the doctor saves the callow crook’s life, but the return of a criminal comrade sparks a tragic turn. Toshiro Mifune explodes off the screen in his first film for Kurosawa

<cite>Stray Dog</cite>

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Next screening, Wed 3 Sep, 7:00pm

Stray Dog

directed by Akira Kurosawa in Japanese starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

A young policeman is disgraced when his gun is stolen on the subway. With the help of a veteran cop he hunts the culprit through the Tokyo underworld. A riveting thriller and vividly wrought portrait of post-Hiroshima Japan. Mifune and Shimura are reunited as the dogged cops.

<cite>M</cite>

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Next screening, Thu 4 Sep, 5:00pm

M

directed by Joseph Losey starring David Wayne

The American version of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic about a child murderer being simultaneously hunted by the police and the underworld receives renewed impetus in the setting of Bunker Hill locations under the direction of Joe Losey. David Wayne turns in a bravura performance as the killer and is supported by a veritable character actor’s Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. Not on DVD!

<cite>The Black Vampire</cite>

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Next screening, Thu 4 Sep, 7:00pm

The Black Vampire

directed by Román Viñoly Barreto in Spanish starring Olga Zubarry

This clever “feminist” reworking of Fritz Lang’s classic M focuses on the mothers of children stalked by a deranged pedophile. Virtually unknown outside Argentina, and presented onscreen in the U.S. for the first time ever, in a new 35mm print! Starring the radiant Olga Zubarry.

Saturday, August 30th

11:30am

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Cabaret
11:30am

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Monty Python Live (Mostly)
2:00pm

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Death of a Cyclist
3:30pm

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The One I Love
4:30pm

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Born to Be Bad
5:30pm

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The One I Love
7:00pm

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Ossessione
7:40pm

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The One I Love
9:30pm

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Death of a Cyclist
9:40pm

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The One I Love
midnight

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
midnight

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Lucy

Special Announcements

Now you can buy your tickets online!

The Music Box Theatre has developed a new ticketing solution and now tickets can be purchased for most screenings online! As always, you can visit our Showtimes page (by clicking above) and see any upcoming screenings we have scheduled. Generally, the full showtime schedule is published on Wednesdays for the following Friday through Thursday. A partial schedule may be available further in advance for special events.

Meals & Deals

Candyality

3425 N. Southport Avenue (773) 472-7800

Candyality carries thousands of bulk items and sweet treats including gummies, sours, taffy, and more. Need M&Ms in 21 colors? We have that! How about your favorite flavor of Jelly Bellys? We carry over 30 flavors! Licorice? We’ve created Chicago’s first licorice bar offering a selection from many corners of the world.

10% off with this coupon and your purchase of $5 or more

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!

Toons

Bring in your Music Box ticket after the show for 20% off your bill of $20 or more

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

Bring in your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for a free appetizer for your table!

Deleece Restaurant

3747 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 325-1710

Enjoy our mouthwatering new menu in our beautiful new surroundings. We look forward to seeing you at our new location just a few doors north of the Music Box Theatre.

Show your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for 10% off your meal!

Cullen’s Bar and Grill

3741 N. Southport Ave (773) 975-0600

Located on Southport just north of the Music Box Theater, we’ve been a part of Wrigleyville for over 15 years. Stop in for a pint and meet our friendly staff, check out our daily specials and enjoy our great food. There’s always something fun happening at Cullen’s and we look forward to serving you soon!

After your film present your ticket stub and receive a 15% discount off of your check! (After screening only)

More Partners

Mosaic School

Chicago Mosaic School gives artists, teachers, and enthusiasts a place to explore all facets of mosaics- from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction.

Flaco’s Tacos

Flaco’s Tacos… Fresh. Simple. Super-Tasty.

Basecamp

Primarily through word-of-mouth alone, Basecamp has become the world’s #1 project management tool.

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre Productions is firmly committed to providing the Chicago non-profit performing arts community a welcoming shared space to incubate new projects and collaborations by providing high quality and below cost performance, rehearsal, office and reception space supported by a staff of theatre professionals.

Caged Dames

CAGED DAMES! A new Musical from Hell in a Handbag Productions by David Cerda at Theatre Wit

Broughton Hotels

Broughton Hotels manages 3 hotels in Chicago: City Suites Hotel, Majestic Hotel, and The Willows Hotel.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

Affordable, college-level training with accomplished industry and independent filmmakers.

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

I have passion for, dedication to and expertise in Chicago and all that is real estate.

Chicago Reader Real Deal

Since 1971, the Reader has served as Chicago’s political conscience, cultural guide, and music authority. We have thousands of reviews in our film archives; you can check them out and see what’s streaming on Hulu & Netflix with our Old Movies to Watch Now feature.

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State Street 312.846.2800

For almost 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema.

Graham School

The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies serves as a bridge to a broad local, national, and international community of adult learners who wish to study at one of the best universities in the world.

LM Restaurant Group

703 309 1856

Founded in 2009 by Nicole and Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, LM Restaurant Group is the unifying force behind Bistronomic, Brasserie by LM, Cafe Creme, Troquet River North and LM Catering. What started as a single concept, named after the couple’s two children, Luc and Mary, LM Restaurant Group is now synonymous with authentic French cuisine in Chicago. Each unique concept aims to provide a true French dining experience while showcasing a range of French fare in an approachable way. Additionally, all restaurants offer an array of private dining options guaranteed to make any gathering a success.

Duran

Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

The Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theater Chicago, your neighborhood playhouse, is now playing the Tony Award winning AVENUE Q, a gut-bustlingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.

Music Box Films

A highly acclaimed distributor of foreign and independent film in theatrical, DVD and television markets in the United States.

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand.

Lagunitas Beer

Lagunitas is coming to Chicago! Well, they are already here…. but soon their new brewery, taproom, and restaurant will be open in Pilsen. Until then, grab a beer on your way into a screening at the Music Box Theatre (assuming you are 21 and responsible enough to handle yourself during a screening)

The Second City Training Center

1608 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60657 312-664-3959. 

Chicago is the world capital of improvisation (improv) and sketch comedy, and The Second City is in the heart of it. For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. We offer a variety of classes in the performance arts for students at any level of experience.

Go Lakeview

The GoLakeview Mobile App is designed to actively promote local business and community events through an easy to navigate, feature rich App. The useful tool for travelers & local residents is available for download on Apple iTunes & Android Market. The App is brought to you by the Lakeview & Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

A simple Argentine storefront tucked away at the north end of the hot Southport strip.

Grayslake Antique Market

Zurko Promotions is committed to providing quality markets and shows for its customers and dealers throughout the Midwest.

CustomEyes

773.871.2020 

Custom Eyes has been serving the north side of Chicago since we opened on Southport in 2003. Our goal has always been to provide the highest level of service from the moment you walk through the door.

Special Events

NOIR CITY 6: IT’S A BITTER LITTLE WORLD

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Sat 30 Aug

NOIR CITY 6: IT’S A BITTER LITTLE WORLD

The 6th edition of the Music Box’s annual film noir festival is going international, exploding the long-held belief that noir stories and style are a specifically American phenomenon.

<cite>Duran Duran: Unstaged</cite>

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Wed 10 Sep

Duran Duran: Unstaged

directed by David Lynch in English

For one night only Duran Duran took the stage in Los Angeles with a historical performance that included some of the most celebrated guests in music history. And it’s directed by David Lynch… whoa.

<cite>David Bowie is</cite>

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Tue 23 Sep

David Bowie is

directed by Hamish Hamilton in English

A one night only event to prime David Bowie fans for the upcoming exhibit opening at the MCA!

<cite>PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets</cite>

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Wed 19 Nov

PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

directed by Florian Habicht in English

One Night Only!

Blog

2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

by Dave Jennings, Thu 28 Aug 2014, 1:57pm

For 10 days and two weekends, the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will take you on an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and unforgettable award winning films. The first Oscar-qualifying film festival for children and families, the CICFF represents a rare opportunity for Chicagoans to see top award-winning films before anyone else.

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Up Next

<cite>Life After Beth</cite>

opens Fri 5 Sep

Life After Beth

directed by Jeff Baena starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon

“Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny. “ – Variety

“Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic and always funny” – Hollywood Reporter

<cite>A Five Star Life</cite>

opens Fri 5 Sep

A Five Star Life

directed by Maria Sole Tognazzie starring Ivan Cotroneo, Francesca Marciano

A Five Star Life is the sophisticated story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment.

 

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