Chicagoans and their city have played integral roles in the evolution of motion picture technology and the history of film. As producers, distributors, writers, actors, audiences, and as backdrop and setting, the city and its residents shaped the development of the medium. But did the medium in turn affect or reflect the city? Can a film or television show-produced by a relatively small group of people-offer insights into the history of a particular place? What do efforts to control or censor these images reveal about politics and the power of popular culture? Using a variety of clips, seminar participants will discuss how film-makers and television producers have portrayed Chicago, and the extent to which these portrayals have revealed and influenced life in the city.
Seminar led by Sarah Marcus, Independent Scholar