The Wilmette Theatre is partnering with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for a special film festival event happening this November. Since October 11, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has been displaying the exhibit entitled “Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950.” This special exhibit will run until January 10, 2016. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Wilmette Theatre will partner with the museum to present the “Light & Noir Film Festival” on November 14-15, 2015.
The “Light & Noir Film Festival” will screen three German-influenced noir exemplars. “Ninotchka,” the noir comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Greta Garbo from 1939 opens the proceedings on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30pm. Ron Falzone from Columbia College will present a post-screening Q&A discussion. A double feature is set for Sunday, November 15. Fritz Lang’s anti-Nazi film “Hangmen Also Die!” will screen at 1:00pm and will be followed by Michael Curtiz’s Oscar-nominated “Mildred Piece” starring Joan Crawford at 4:00pm. Alison Cuddy, Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, will moderate both post-screening discussions on Sunday.
The theatre is located at 1122 Central Avenue in Wilmette. Tickets for each of the films are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. They are available at the Wilmette Theatre box office, by phone at 847-251-7424, or online. The supporting sponsor and community partner for this event is the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts, the DANK Haus German Cultural Center, and the Goethe-Institute of Chicago
The “Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950” tells the captivating story of immigration, cultural change, and innovation that resulted from many German actors, directors, and writers fleeing Nazi Germany after their national film industry was take over to push Hitler’s propaganda. The influx of the pioneering German influences spurred the noir film genre and made its mark in the medium and business of Hollywood film. The museum’s exhibition takes viewers back to that time through costumes, props, film footage, and personal memorabilia.
Later in the month, The Illinois Holocaust Museum will screen “The Life of Emile Zola,” the 1938 Oscar winner for Best Picture starring Paul Muni. It will plat on Sunday, November 22 at 1:30 pm. Its post-screening discussion will be led by David Chack, Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL-Performing Identity Theatre. Reservations for this film are required at: www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/lightnoir.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center uses the history and lessons of the Holocaust to honor the memories of those who were lost and to teach universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and by presenting educational programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Learn more at www.illinoisholocaustmuseum.org