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June 6–12, 2014

Chicago Encore Engagement

Particle Fever

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Critics' Pick "Mind-blowing... delightfully dramatic"
  —New York Times
"Dazzling, dizzying... makes the search for the elusive Higgs boson both thrilling and relatively clear"
  —Village Voice
Particle Fever succeeds on every level... an invigorating new insight into a vital realm of exploratory endeavor"
  —Hollywood Reporter
4 stars " A movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it"
  —Chicago Tribune
5 stars "Particle Fever is that rare, exhilarating science doc that's neither dumbed down nor drabbed up"
  —TimeOut Chicago

Physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson has done the almost-impossible, as his extraordinary film Particle Fever makes the search for the Higgs boson (the so-called "God particle") not just comprehensible, but also entertaining.

The biggest machine ever built by humans, the Large Hadron Collider was designed to recreate the conditions that existed moments after the Big Bang. Ten thousand people were involved in the groundbreaking project that scientists hoped would explain the origin of matter, the crucial particle for holding everything together, and we are introduced to the teams as they await the moment of truth: when the switch is thrown for the very first time. Particle physicists have rarely been so appealing—or funny—and their weighty quest is portrayed in a way that is both awe-inspiring and approachable. It is also noteworthy that the Nobel Prize for Physics was recently awarded to the scientists responsible for this discovery.

Assisted by Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient) and acclaimed musical composer Robert Miller, Levinson has crafted a gripping and immensely enjoyable film about one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of our age.

Directed by Mark Levinson, U.S.A., 2013, 99 mins.


  • Fri., June 6 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., June 7 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., June 8 at 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 9–12 at 7 & 9 pm
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