American Cinema of the 1950s


Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
August 31–December 11, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.

American Cinema of the 1950s is a series of 14 programs, with weekly Tuesday lecture/discussions by Fred Camper, artist and longtime art and film critic for the Chicago Reader and many other publications. Films by a wide variety of the greatest Hollywood filmmakers—including John Ford, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, and Orson Welles—will be accompanied by experimental and independent films to illuminate key themes of the period: the family, the Bomb, corruption, materialism, and cinema itself as a metaphor for lived experience.