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1.

The Tiger Hunter

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Sami Malik travels to 1970s Chicago, hoping to impress his true love back home in India and build a legacy like his legendary tiger hunter father, but when his plans fall through, Sami turns to his new friends in Chicago to help him fulfill his dreams of true love.
DVDBlu-Ray
2018; 2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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His Girl Friday

In this undeniable gem of Hollywood's golden age, Walter, a hard-boiled newspaper editor, discovers that his ex-wife and former employee, Hildy, is set to marry a wet-blanket insurance salesman. Walter, certain that this is the wrong move for a strong-willed and ambitious woman such as Hildy, decides to sabotage her marital plans by enticing her with one last story--the execution of a convicted murderer. A classic of the Screwball Rom-Com genre, HIS GIRL FRIDAY delivers the quick wit - and quicker dialogue - that only a pair like Hollywood legends Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel can!
Online
2018; 1940
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Chi-Raq

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Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's South side creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
DVD
2016
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Hoop Dreams

Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.
Online
2016; 1994
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The Perfect Crime

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Recounts the case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy college students who, in 1924, kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks for, as they would confess, for the thrill of it.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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John Hancock Center, Chicago

Behind the glistening façade of Boston's John Hancock Tower lies one of the most embarrassing moments in architectural history. The insurance company wanted to express their corporate might by building a modernist skyscraper in the heart of Boston's historic core, threatening to pull their financial weight out of the city if they faced opposition. Little did they know that this act of arrogance would haunt them forever. Their dream tower turned into their worst nightmare and what followed is one of the most unbelievable tales in architectural history, involving collapsing foundations, windows falling out and a skyscraper that was likely to topple over.
Online
2015; 2007
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Al Capone [electronic resource]: Icon

From Al Capone's early days rising through the ranks of New York's gangs, to his slow demise after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, this film chronicles the complicated life of one of America's favorite mob bosses. Capone was not only a bootlegger, killer, and gangster, but also a popular public figure that opened one of the nation's first soup kitchens. He was a devoted patron of jazz, helping African American musicians to launch their careers. This film examines Capone's personal history and lasting legacy and unveils his unexpected connections to modern-day organized crime, law enforcement, pop culture, and everyday life in Chicago.
Online
2014
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A Nation of Law? 1968-1971 [electronic resource]

Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon's call to "law and order," stepped-up arrests push the already poor conditions at New York's Attica State Prison to the limit. A five-day inmate takeover calling the public's attention to the conditions leaves 43 men dead: four killed by inmates, 39 by police.
Online
2014; 1994
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Two Societies 1965-1968 [electronic resource]

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago's civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their efforts pit them against Chicago's powerful mayor, Richard Daley. When a series of marches through all-white neighborhoods draws violence, King and Daley negotiate with mixed results. In Detroit, a police raid in a black neighborhood sparks an urban uprising that lasts five days, leaving 43 people dead. The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal." President Lyndon Johnson, who appointed the commission, ignores the report.
Online
2014; 1994
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Medium Cool

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The story of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman is a visceral, lasting cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.
BookDVD
2013; 1969
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Food Patriots

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A documentary film and public campaign to get people to improve their buying and eating habits by eating 10 percent more fresh fruits and vegetables, organic food, or, locally grown food and thereby, pressure both policy and supply changes in our food system.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Drinking Buddies

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Luke and Kate, co-workers at a Chicago brewery, spend their days drinking and flirting. They're perfect for each other, except that they're both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years; Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. Beer makes the line between 'friends' and 'more than friends' really blurry.
DVD
2013
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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North by Northwest

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Roger Thornhill is a New York advertising executive who is kidnapped by a gang of spies led by Philip Vandamm, who believes Thornhill is CIA agent George Kaplan. Thornhill escapes, but must find Kaplan in order to clear himself of a murder that Kaplan is accused of committing. Following Kaplan to Chicago as a fugitive from justice, Thornhill is helped by beautiful Eve Kendall. In Chicago, she delivers a message to Kaplan that almost costs Thornhill his life when he is chased across a cornfield by a crop-dusting plane.
DVDBlu-Ray
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Prelinger Archives [electronic resource]: Gould Can 5484.4: Kinograms Newsreel

Chicago, Illinois, nymphs (actually members of the ballet corps of the Chicago Opera).
Online
2013; 1925
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The Chicago 8

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The true story of the explosive trial that resulted, when seven leaders of the Vietnam antiwar movement, along with the Chairman of the Black Panthers, were charged with conspiracy to incite the devastating riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It is one of the highest profile criminal court cases in US history.
DVD
2013; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Shameless: The Complete Third Season

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Spring roars like a lion in season three! Frank's latest schemes range from gigs as a drug mule and gay rights spokesperson to calling Child Services on his own kids. While Fiona finally finds relative stability in the corporate world, househusband Jimmy develops a full-blown midlife crisis. Lip does his best to handle an out-of-control love triangle, and Ian struggles with Mickey's impending marriage- to a girl! Deb deals with growing up. Carl wraps his brain around imaginary cancer. All this while struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

City of Necessity

This film examines Chicago as an example of the city life it says is America's future. It notes criticisms of cities but defends urban life as potentially fulfilling; the answer to anonymity is civic engagement and an embrace of diversity. It explores urban issues and problems, and controversies about city planning.
Online
2013; 1970
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Love Under Fire [electronic resource]: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer

Turn of the century Chicago was a wild, marshy, muddy town. For many travelers headed to the West Coast, it was an outpost to pass through on the way to anywhere else. But a few industrious individuals like Potter Palmer, could see Chicago as a place of opportunity. Love Under Fire is the inspirational true story of Chicago's first power couple, Bertha and Potter Palmer. Together, Bertha and Potter were instrumental in helping Chicago rise from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The film features interviews with: Potter Palmer IV, great grandson of Bertha and Potter Palmer; Sally Sexton Kalmbach, author of The Jewel of the Gold Coast: Mrs. Potter Palmer's Chicago; and Ken Price, historian and Director of Public Relations for the Palmer House Hilton.
Online
2013
19.

Louder Than a Bomb

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Follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam. Introduced by Oprah.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

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Chronicles the story of the Joffey Ballet, from its founding in 1956 to the present. The film describes how the company repeatedly resurrected itself after devastating financial and artistic setbacks and how the company introduced cutting-edge choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean, and Margo Sappington to a larger audience. Featuring excerpts from Joffrey's seminal works Astarte, Trinity and Billboards and their breakthrough collaborations.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)