Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Season is Just Around the Corner

Season 13

Our new season of 35mm revivals at Northeastern Illinois University is up!

Spend 2016 with: Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, Ida Lupino, Jean Gabin, Thomas Mitchell, Wallace Beery, Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black, Harry Dean Stanton, Will Rogers, Lou Reed, and Arthur Kennedy, and friends!

Archival prints from MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, Sony Pictures Repertory, Academy Film Archive, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and 20th Century Fox!

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Spend the Holidays with Your Newest Friend: Tashlin’s Uproarious Susan Slept Here in 35mm IB Technicolor

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

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Tuesday, December 22 @ 7:00 PM
SUSAN SLEPT HERE
Directed by Frank Tashlin • 1954
In the only movie narrated by an Oscar statuette, we meet screenwriter Mark Christopher (Dick Powell) on Christmas Eve, when his dinner plans are spoiled by the arrival of two cops at his door with Susan (Debbie Reynolds), a feisty seventeen-year-old girl who was picked up for hitting a man over the head with a beer bottle. The cops claim they brought her to Mr. Christopher to give him a script idea and give the girl a chance to stay out of jail on Christmas, but it’s really a meet cute for the screwball romance between Susan and Mr. Christopher that drives the film. This premise seems gauged to infuriate Hays Code censors: the film never lets the viewer forget that this is a story of love between a minor and a man eighteen years her senior. Made early in Tashlin’s career, Susan Slept Here relies more on verbal jokes than the kind of visual gag work that characterizes many of his later movies, but it does include an extended dream sequence in which several principal characters don glittery outfits and perform some cracked dance numbers more reminiscent of The Great Gabbo and Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome than Singin’ in the Rain. (JR)
98 min • RKO Radio Pictures • 35mm IB Technicolor from private collections

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