NOVEMBER 3, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Chicago Film Society presents Unsentimental Education: Classroom Films directed by Barbara Loden and John Mackenzie, 1975, 70 min, 16mm
Nostalgic reflections of youthful hours whiled away in palatial movie houses are all fine and good but for many a generation, cinephilia blossomed in the classroom under the auspices of cheap little films shown during rare reprieves between geography and math. While not all classroom films are created equal, many of these unheralded wonders were made by filmmakers with real talent, leaving marks that lasted into adulthood. Chicago Film Society proudly presents a selection of some of the best classroom films in this rare theatrical presentation, courtesy of two bonafide auteurs who found a creative outlet in the educational market in lean years when funding was scarce.
Faced with public indifference following the release of her American independent classic Wanda, Director Barbara Loden began directing for the Learning Corporation of America and made two desolate, masterful approximations of New Hollywood aesthetics for the junior set: survivalist Western The Frontier Experience and harrowing juvenile delinquent parable The Boy Who Liked Deer (both 1975). Meanwhile in England, The Long Good Friday director John Mackenzie made a name for himself in the British public information film market, where in 1977 he directed the Ten Little Indians-aping farm safety short Apaches, perhaps the most traumatic film ever made ostensibly for children. (Chicago Film Society, 1975, 70 min, 16mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, Chicago Film Archives, and BFI National Archive)