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Music and film: a match made in movie heaven

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Saint Xavier University (SXU) will screen six films exploring music as part of its 2013-14 Film Series, “Music and Film.”

All screenings are free and open to the public. They all are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The series includes:
  • Tues., Sept. 17, “A Hard Day’s Night” – This 1964 British black-and-white comedy stars The Beatles during the height of their popularity and portrays a few days in the lives of the group. (87 min.)
  • Tues., Oct. 15, “Tous les Matins du Monde” – Based on the book of the same name, this 1991 French film features Gerard Depardieu as late-17th century composer Marin Marais. (115 min., presented with subtitles)
  • Tues., Nov. 12, “Round Midnight” – A wistful and tragic musical drama from 1986, this film tells the tale of jazzman Dale Turner, a character drawn from several real-life music legends, as he performs and battles alcohol abuse in the Paris jazz scene during the 1950s. (133 min.)
  • Tues., Feb. 11, “Dream Girls” – This 2006 musical drama follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of the fictional group The Dreams and their manipulative manager. The star-studded cast includes Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson. (130 min.)
  • Tues., March 18, “Buena Vista Social Club” – This film explores the music of Cuba by chronicling a group of legendary Cuban musicians as they record an album together. The 1999 documentary follows the group as they travel to the United States for a performance, despite the political tension between the two countries. (105 min.)
  • Tues., April 15, “This is Spinal Tap” – Lampooning the wild behavior and pretensions of the era’s rock bands, this 1984 cult classic mockumentary follows the dimwitted members of the fictional British group Spinal Tap as they go on tour. It stars Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer. (82 min.)
For more information about the “Music and Film” series, please contact the Department of Art and Design at (773) 298-3081 or click here.

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