Sojourn in Sicily: A Day with the Duchess

Sojourn in Sicily: A Day with the Duchess

By Anne Spiselman “Respect” and “family” are basic concepts you need to understand to get on in Sicily, the duchess tells us at the start of the day. We’re on our way to Caffe Mirage, right outside Palermo’s Capo Market, and she’s explaining why she always goes to the same vendors—family in the wider sense.(…)

June 1 at Doc Films: “To Be Or Not To Be”

June 1 at Doc Films: “To Be Or Not To Be”

BY BRIAN BELAK In 1939 Warsaw, before the invasion of Poland by Germany, Adolf Hitler is discovered strolling along the street, pausing to glance in the window of a delicatessen. The narrator asks, what is Hitler doing alone in Poland? Why is he eying that delicatessen? Isn’t he a vegetarian? In this way, comedic mastermind(…)

May 24 at Doc Films: “Stranger by the Lake”

May 24 at Doc Films: “Stranger by the Lake”

BY BRIAN BELAK In Stranger by the Lake (2013), showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on May 24, murder and sex combine at a sun-drenched lake locale to create a slow-burning, yet passionate, thriller. The film takes place on a quiet, lakeside beach, where male sunbathers meet and go into the woods(…)