Ishtar (1987) in 35mm: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Ishtar (1987) in 35mm

Ishtar still
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri May 10, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Elaine May’s uncompromising fourth feature, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as a pair of talentless songwriters who bumble their way into Cold War intrigues in Morocco, has enjoyed a critical re-evaluation in recent years. J. Hoberman of the Village Voice calls it “the most adroit political satire to emerge from Hollywood during the Iran-Contra stupefaction of Ronald Reagan’s second term.” Shot by acclaimed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro on location in the Sahara, the film offers a comical, self-referential send-up of both American foreign policy and Hollywood exoticism. Northwestern Professor of History Daniel Immerwahr, author of the new book How to Hide an Empire, will offer an introduction to the geopolitical context of the film.


107 min

Elaine May, 1987, USA, 35mm

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