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Wednesday 3/2: SO ENDS OUR NIGHT at the Portage Theater

Join us this Wednesday 3/2 for John Cromwell’s SO ENDS OUR NIGHT on 16mm
Our first screening in March!!
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket

March 2nd, 2011
John Cromwell • 1944
Our memories of wartime Hollywood pictures are generally limited to patriotic army propaganda and topical espionage thrillers—familiar genre dynamics essentially retrofitted with political import. But an unexpected and radical strain of melodrama co-existed with these assembly-line exercises. Despite generally isolationist views dominating the American scene before Pearl Harbor, Hollywood turned out a handful of films declaiming the carnage as a particularly human tragedy. Familiar stars played the dispossessed and unwashed masses of Europe, but the plots dripped with intimations of genocide that respectable newspapers declined to print. So Ends Our Night is a particularly neglected example. Despite an outstanding pedigree (reliable craftsman John Cromwell in the director’s chair, production design by the inimitable William Cameron Menzies, a source novel by Erich Maria Remarque, sophisticate Albert Lewin overseeing production), this United Artists release was soon traveling around in dupey prints from the disingenuously named Favorite Films Corporation and forthwith to the public domain wilderness. Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, and Glenn Ford are a trio of refugees (the first a conscientious objector to the Nazi regime, the latter two explicitly Jewish) whose warm friendship and life-affirming solidarity is tested by the relentless violence and hopelessness of European society. Erich von Stroheim, whose screen persona was cemented early on with infinitely hissable portrayals of German officers during the Great War, comes full circle with a memorable performance as a Nazi thug. Also featuring Francis Dee, Sig Rumann, and Anna Sten. (KW)
Print from the Radio Cinema Film Archive.
117 min. • David L. Loew-Albert Lewin • 16mm

Also on the Program: The Shell Shocked Egg (Robert McKimson, 1948) 35mm Technicolor AND The World Premier of a newly restored WWII Era snipe entitled A Spy In Your Theater?

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