Movie Lovers Unite at Facets Film School Starting July 16

Chicago, IL (PressExposure) June 18, 2012 -- Film lovers from all over Chicago will have the opportunity to sample the dark edges of social life within eight films by director Ida Lupino, examine the heist as a narrative trope in films such as "The Italian Job", explore the world of dance on film, and view highly-controversial films that are banned in Iran, when the Summer Session of the Facets Film School begins on July 16, 2012. The six-week courses run on weekday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuition to each six-week course is $125, $80 for Facets Patron Circle members. All classes are held at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago IL 60614. To register, call 773-281-9075 or online at

Taught by some of Chicago's top film scholars, historians and critics, the Facets Film School consists of screenings, lectures and lively discussions and has become "Chicago's destination for movie lovers." The four six-week sessions for the spring term are:

DIRECTOR IDA LUPINO and The Dark Edges of Social Life (Mondays, July 16-August 2). Therese Grisham, who currently teaches film aesthetics and history at Columbia College Chicago, will lead this look at eight of director Ida Lupino's films. Lupino's women-centered movies explore the brutal repercussions of sexuality, independence, and dependence, focusing on themes such as rape, family pressures and career vs. romance, and betrayal.

ONE LAST JOB: The Heist Film (Tuesdays, July 17- August 2) Jef Burnham is a writer, teacher, and media scholar. Burnham will examine the heist as a narrative trope rooted in a very specific type of character--desperate, daring, and occasionally daft individuals. Films screened and discussed will include "Rififi," "The Killing," "The Italian Job," "The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three," "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Reservoir Dogs."

ASTAIRE AND ROGERS: Invitation to the Dance (Wednesdays July 18-August 22). The greatest dance partnership in movie history began in 1933. How it changed the movies makes one of the most fascinating stories in Hollywood history. Join us at Facets for a turn with two of the most iconic stars of classic Hollywood as we take a close look at six of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' ten classic films. Jeffrey John Smith (MFA, Columbia College/Chicago) will explore their lives as artists and stars, and study their influence on the history of the movie musical and on American cinema.

BANNED IN IRAN: Film and Censorship (The Ongoing Revolution) (Thursdays, July 12- August 16) Kate Balsley has a BFA in Film and Video from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and an MFA in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She will lead this look at several recent films that are highly controversial in Iran, or that have been banned outright. These films are defined as controversial because they deal with such sensitive issues as gender, religion, politics, violence, and freedom of speech. The class will examine the ways that these films engage these contentious subjects, as well as the way they lyrically portray the multifaceted aspects of Iranian life.

The Facets Film School, presented by the non-profit Facets Multi-Media, offers year-round education for adults and children through its many on and off-site programs. For further information call 773-281-9075 or visit

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Facets Multimedia
1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago IL 60614

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