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Film | 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Our Film section’s picks for moviegoers.

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Pass appeal Offering $5 off general admission to every regular show, a Gene Siskel Film Center membership ($50 for one person, $80 for two) means a yearlong subscription to one of Chicago�s best art houses. Programming in the past year has ranged from a Studio Ghibli retrospective to a restoration of the Ozploitation classic Wake in Fright. Available at Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St (312-846-2600).

 

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Getting Hitch�d With Hitchcock currently getting press for a recent HBO movie and an upcoming biopic starring Anthony Hopkins, now�s the time to remember the Master for his work (as opposed to his allegedly skeevy offscreen antics). The limited-edition Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection box set ($299.98) offers Blu-ray remasterings of Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and 11 others. Available at amazon.com.

 

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Taste odysseyAt 15 hours, The Story of Film ($69.95) is ideal for appointment viewing and a great education on movie history. Mark Cousins�s eccentric tour through the annals of cinema begins with the dawn of the medium and covers everything through the head trips of Christopher Nolan. Music Box Films has compiled Cousins�s opus in a snazzy box set. Available December 11 at amazon.com.

 

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Nice cans Celluloid is on the way out, alas, and many cinephiles are growing nostalgic for reels and other accoutrements of photochemical cinema. 16mm film cans (price varies; about $2.90 each) make snazzy wall decorations�and excellent cookie tins. Available at Urbanski Film, P.O. Box 438, Orland Park (708-460-9082).

 

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Give �em a hand Fans of silent-film comedian Harold Lloyd�who famously dangled from a clock tower in 1923�s Safety Last!�can commemorate the iconic cinematic moment with a Harold Lloyd wall clock ($45). Bonus trivia: Robert Zemeckis paid tribute to Lloyd by having Christopher Lloyd tangle with a clock tower in Back to the Future. Available at Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S Michigan Ave (312-922-3432).

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