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Sunday Cinema: Inquiring Nuns

NR| 1 Hour and 6 Minutes | Gordon Quinn, Gerald Temaner

Sunday Cinema: Inquiring Nuns

January 6th & 20th at 8pm
50th Anniversary Screening of Inquiring Nuns
One of the earliest examples of Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner’s exploration into the world of cinéma vérité, Inquiring Nuns captures the attitudes, fears, and dreams of everyday Chicagoans, giving audiences and researchers insight into the political and social climate of 1960’s Chicago. The film’s music is composed by Philip Glass in his first credited film score.

Two young Catholic nuns crisscross Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute to church on Sunday, in order to ask random strangers the question, “Are you happy?”

The answers include:


“I could be happier.”

“Mostly, except about Vietnam.”

“Well, certainly, Notre Dame won yesterday!”

“Yeah, because I went to communion this morning.”