Chicago Film Society Presents: TV on Film

Directed by: Curated by Chicago Film Society


Various Years and Directors, USA, 4 hours
Various Networks and Studios, All 16mm from Chicago Film Society & Private Collections 

Back by popular demand, CFS presents a simulated four-hour television broadcast complete with commercial breaks. Until the early 1980s, the vast majority of pre-recorded television content was sourced from 16mm prints, projected live for an audience of thousands. Running 70mm Roadshows at the State-Lake may have been the most prestigious projection job in Chicago, but a 16mm television projectionist had a far wider per show reach. True to form, TV on Film  features everything from the sublime to the stupid. Our program includes the widely syndicated kids segment Chatter's World, starring Chatter the Chimp, the horrifying microwave cooking infomercial Richard Deacon Does it in the Kitchen, pre-Munsters Fred Gwynne in Car 54 Where Are You?, plus game shows, sitcom favorites, The Chicago Teddy Bears, and Michael Cimino's shortest film. Come and go as you please or stay for the entire program. (JA)




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