This week, on the February Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events . . .
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There are still dozen of arresting items to come on the February Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.
Capturing Architecture as it's Lived: I Am Cuba
I Am Cuba, which transcends its intentions as a propaganda film that made it a flop in both Cuba and the U.S.S.R during its initial 1964 release.
National Arts School, and the descent into the imposed degradation of now crumbling Soviet-style pre-fab housing towers.
It's all captured in stunning, hyper-expressive black-and-white cinematography by Sergey Urusevsky, including two continuous-shot sequences that put even Orson Welles' opening of Touch of Evil to shame. The result is one of the most profound explorations of a built environment that you will ever encounter, culminating in this amazing sequence in which the camera - in one take - moves down, through, up, in and over the streets and buildings of Havana as it follows the funeral procession of a martyr through city streets. It is the most amazing intersection of architecture, movement and human emotion as you're ever likely to see.
Next week, a true cornucopia awaits: National Engineers Week, Leos Carax at the Siskel, and films in 70mm at the Music Box. Stay tuned.