Ebertfest: 'Variete' brought German filmmakers to Hollywood

CHAMPAIGN — The success of the 1925 German silent film "Variete" was such that Hollywood began to hire German filmmakers, film expert Richard Neupert said after the movie was shown Friday at Ebertfest.

Among those brought to Hollywood was "Variete" cinematographer Karl Freund. His work here included "Key Largo," "Dracula" and the TV series "I Love Lucy," starring Lucille Ball.

Ebertfest: TV icon's filmmaker son impressed by audience

CHAMPAIGN — Standing on the corner of Park and Randolph streets downtown on Friday, Ben Lear sought out a passer-by and asked to have his photo taken sitting alongside the Roger Ebert sculpture in front of the Virginia Theatre.

The son of Norman Lear, one of the most influential television writers and producers of all time, just had to get his photo taken with the Ebert statue.

Who lives here? April 22, 2017

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Lining up at 7:30 a.m. for a 1 p.m. film? That's 'the power of Ebert'

CHAMPAIGN — This year's Roger Ebert Film Festival is the fifth since the death of the Urbana-reared film critic for whom the festival is named, though that hasn't stopped folks traveling near and far from flocking to the Virginia Theatre to be a part of the event.

#TheMJs, April 21, 2017

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Ebertfest: 'Hysteria' director says she walked a fine line

CHAMPAIGN — While making the movie "Hysteria," about the invention of the vibrator in prudish Victorian England, director Tanya Wexler had to walk a fine line.

"I tried to play the film straight, like classic cinema against the absurd concept," she said after the movie was shown Thursday at the 19th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre.

Frank's Faves: Running movies

This week: "You can go the distance, we'll find out in the long run ..." — The Eagles

As most folks hereabouts are no doubt well aware, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is this weekend, with some 17,300 or more registered to hit the streets of Champaign-Urbana on Friday and Saturday. Sorry to say, I won't be joining them.

Entertainment listings, April 20-27, 2017


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