Tuesday, November 27, 2007

And now for something completely different

Ukie Village night spot Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago Ave., 312-226-7600) is always offbeat—especially during the week—so this screening of Mário Peixoto's “Limite,” a rare Brazilian masterpiece of the 1930s, is hardly a surprise.

“Limite” is considered a preeminent work of the Brazilian silent era, and was the first and only film by Mário Peixoto—who was reportedly only 18 years old when he began to direct it. It's achieved mythological status as an influential though seldom seen experimental classic. The story of three castaways, “Limite” makes fragmentary connections relating to themes of love, betrayal and entrapment. It was also screened by the Edinburg Film Festival 2007 as a launchpad for Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation, which aims to highlight and restore lost classics.

Tonight's screening of "Limite" will be preceded and followed by a selection of rare Brazilian music from the 1930s-1950s from the collection of DJ Joe Bryl. Music will range from folkloric, ritualistic and ceremonial to Brazilian forms of big bands, jazz and samba. Also, during the silent screening, music will be performed live by Poi Dog Pondering. Tonight at 7:30 (film starts at 8:30). $7.

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