It was a rough week for celluloid film in Chicago. After Rogert Ebert pronounced the death of film in 2011, my friend and fellow programmer Kyle Westphal (A.B. ’07) wrote, “The emulsion is on the wall, so to speak.” After last week, it seems as though the emulsion has been scraped off the wall, fed into a woodchipper, and, bloody remains (heart still beating) and all, deposited into a rusty dumpster in an alley somewhere. As usual, the accelerated elimination of this century-plus-year-old medium has less to do with a lack of energy or content, and everything to do with the relentless greasy hammer of movie-industry grifter capitalism securing yet another nail in its coffin.
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