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World Film Locations: Chicago

While some call it the Second City, Chicago is no stranger to the silver screen. Director Christopher Nolan transformed Chicago into the darkly foreboding Gotham City for The Dark Knight. Ferris Bueller rode a parade float down Dearborn and made stops during his epic day off at a host of landmarks, from Buckingham Fountain to Wrigley Field. Everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed blues act ended their film’s climactic chase by taking the Bluesmobile through the plate-glass windows of the Richard J. Daley Center.

With World Film Locations: Chicago, critic Scott Jordan Harris takes readers on a cinematic tour of the city, featuring modern blockbusters and beloved classics. Along the way, scenes from almost fifty films made or set in the city are discussed, accompanied by full-color stills and interspersed with essays examining the city’s unique character onscreen. Among the contributors are Gordon Quinn, cofounder of Chicago’s Kartemquim Films; Elizabeth Weitzman, film critic for the New York Daily News; the BBC’s Samira Ahmed; and Steve James, director of the coming-of-age classic Hoop Dreams. For readers hoping to locate landmarks from favorite films, the book also includes detailed maps that point out key scenes.

A fun and fact-packed read, World Film Locations: Chicago will be welcomed by film fans and anyone planning a trip to the Windy City.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013

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"If you love the movies and you love a city, you can only hope this series gets around to yours. Scott Jordan Harris has rounded up writers who know and love both, and their examples celebrate how locations participate in a scene. . . . This is a rare movie book with an original inspiration. It brings something great to the party."

Roger Ebert

Table of Contents

Chicago: City of the Imagination

Omer M. Mozzaffar

Oscar Micheaux and ‘Race Pictures’:Chicago’s Groundbreaking African American Film-makers of the Silent Era

Arnie Bernstein

Scenes 1-8


Mobster City: A Brief Tour of Chicago as Seen in its Gangster Films

Peter Sobczynski

Scenes 9-16


A Festival of Festivals: Celebrating Chicago’s Many Film Fests

Scott Jordan Harris

Scenes 17-24


Chicago’s King of Critics: Reflections on Roger Ebert, the World’s Most Famous Film Clinic

Omer M. Mozzaffar

Scenes 25-32


Underdogs and Heroes: The Story of Chicago Sports Movies

Omer M. Mozzafar

Scenes 33-39


Cinematic Social Inquiry: A Brief History of Kartemquin Films

Tim Horsburgh

Scenes 40-46




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