Wednesday 4/27: “The Smiling Lieutenant” at the Portage Theater

Join us this Wednesday 4/27 for Ernst Lubitsch’s THE SMILING LIEUTENANT
Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, and Miriam Hopkins in a beautiful 35mm print from Universal
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket

April 27th, 2011
Ernst Lubitsch • 1931
It’s true love between comically French Maurice Chevalier (a Viennese lieutenant) and dewy Claudette Colbert (leader of the all-girl band at the local Biergarten) until Miriam Hopkins (a sheltered princess from the neighboring microstate) intercepts a single act of Chevalier’s irrepressible flirtatiousness and sparks off a series of international – and interpersonal – incidents. One of Lubitsch’s early musicals for Paramount (among the first Hollywood ever saw), The Smiling Lieutenant is a film that manages to simultaneously contain a number called “Jazz Up Your Lingerie” and (almost without realizing it) one of the most brutal, emotionally mature romantic endings Hollywood ever produced. (BH)
Print from Universal, special thanks to Paul Ginsburg and Dennis Chong.
89 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm
Short: Snow-White (Dave Fleischer, 1933, 7 min) 16mm

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3 Responses to Wednesday 4/27: “The Smiling Lieutenant” at the Portage Theater

  1. Tom Wettstaedt says:

    Please enough with the musicals. Put at least a six month moratorium against any musicals. I will not pay $5.00 to see a musical or $3.00 0r even $1.00. In fact I would not go if you paid me $5.00 to see another. How about showing some old comedies or a few old fashioned mysteries. Maybe a few world war two era film noirs would be welcome. But please ban the boring banal musicals. Tedium is spelled MUSICAL. Thanks.

  2. Tom Wettstaedt says:

    Please ban the musicals for at least six months. I will not pay five, three or even one to see another musical. In fact if you paid me ten dollars I would not go to a musical. Please show some old dramas, a few classic comedies or mysteries. Maybe a world war two film noir would be the thing. How about an evening of all short subjects. Please put the musicals to bed for a year or two.

  3. B & K says:

    I like musicals.

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