July 25, 2008

A Short Trip to Gotham...

I've gone to Chicago for the weekend. I originally wanted to find the awesome Ferris Bueller's Day Off Chicago montage set to the song "Beat City", but all I could find was a remix version in Portuguese.

And so, since it's still #1 at the box office and I found a square inch of the internet not yet owned by The Dark Knight, I offer this clip filmed last August by some guy that, with my luck, I'll be sitting next to at Wrigley tomorrow.

How'd you like to be the crew member in charge of making sure the camera was rolling?

Easy, guys. Taaake it easy...


  1. Haha - WOW! That is a pretty great clip. Would have been wild to see in real life, even at that distance.

    Hope you have a great time in the Windy City, and especially at Wrigley!

  2. How about the guy in charge of pulling the trigger?

  3. Dude, You should totally look me up. I'm going the see a Clara Bow silent tonight and a legendary hack-up Visconti, Ludwig in its full 236-minute version on Saturday.

  4. LUDWIG is not quite as bad as many had originally thought, Marilyn. The version you are seeing is out on Region 2 DVD. But I know (as you do acknowledge) it does have issues.

  5. They blew that up real good!!!

    Ironically,I'm getting ready to leave Chicago for the weekend. Wish I could stick around to see that showing of "Ludwig" though - issues or not,that'd be interesting.

  6. A great, short trip. I love Chicago. Much.

    I'm sorry we couldn't connect, Marilyn - I hope for a trip longer than 40 hours sometime in the fall or spring. I don't know anything about Ludwig, but look forward to hearing about the experience if you write it up. Not every day that you see a 4+ hr movie in the theater.

    Anyone who hasn't been to Chicago, or been there recently - go.

    Oh yeah, no sign of Batman, although it might have been Bruce Wayne that cruised past me in a black Maserati.

  7. Daniel - Glad our town treated you well. It's a long way to travel for 40 hours.

    Ludwig. I really enjoyed it but I'm not feeling that inspired by it, which is normally what I need to write a review. We'll see. BTW, 4 hours isn't a big deal to me. I've done it before with a single film (Edward Yang's superb A Brighter Summer Day WITHOUT an intermission) and with a number of operas. I've also seen 3 films back to back at festivals. I've got a calloused rear end!

  8. It's a manageable 5-6 hour drive depending on traffic, Marilyn, but worth it as far as I'm concerned. A beautiful weekend for weather, too, especially for a Cubs game and the Venetian Festival.

    Haha, yeah I guess the film festival schedules end up being really long hours - I didn't think about that. The intermission does make a difference, though. I remember when they used to do that some years ago, but I haven't heard of it for a long time.

    I saw there is a major summer "movie in the park" circuit in Chicago. Sounded cool. Then I saw this yesterday. See, not a lot of places have this kind of thing going on. Seems like it's all free, too.

  9. Movie in the Parks is good, but it's strictly G-rated stuff. I'm going to try to get to that Indian silent, though.

  10. Well I suppose in the big picture, the G-rated deal is a good thing. You can't really get away with showing inappropriate material in a public park. That being said, they also don't have to just show cartoons or something.

  11. I'm all for family films, and I totally approve of their approach. It's just not my idea of a good time for myself.


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