Biggest Show in the TriCounty Area:
Michael Ritchie’s Smile in 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Smile_600Wednesday, July 8 @ 7:00pm
Directed by Michael Ritchie • 1975
Raised on hamburgers and soda pop, she’s got a winning smile that’s hard to top. A credit to her family, the ideal teen, she’s America’s daughter, she’s a beauty queen. Shot on location in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA, using mostly local talent, Michael Ritchie’s funny-as-hell satire Smile follows thirty-three hopefuls through the tri-county area’s biggest and greatest cultural event: the Young American Miss Pageant. Wonderful and unbelievable pageant performances are balanced with behind the scenes subplots involving Big Bob Freelander (Bruce Dern), head judge of the pageant and Santa Rosa’s preeminent used car dealer. In 1986, the film was turned into a Broadway mega-production and stripped of its anti-commercial cynicism, which the stage play’s producers noted seemed “very out of touch with the 80s.” Smile remains a glistening time capsule of a USA still dripping with Watergate residue, and much like Sidney Lumet’s Network, cuts deep into the heart of dysfunctional American hypocrisy while simultaneously embracing it. (JA)
113 min • United Artists • 35mm from Park Circus

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