Wednesday 5/4: “Day of the Outlaw” at the Portage Theater

Join us this Wednesday 5/4 for Andre De Toth’s DAY OF THE OUTLAW
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket

May 4th, 2011
Andre De Toth • 1959
Please note that this film replaces SILVER LODE on our original calender. Burl Ives rides into a snowy, isolated town (yeah, just like in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but he ain’t so jolly here) in the far West as the leader of a murderous renegade cavalry unit, threatening the lives of Robert Ryan and Tina Louise until they agree to lead him out of the town. While it’s claustrophobic tension and bouts of absurdist violence peg it as a quintessential western noir of the 1950s, the Monthly Film Bulletin in England rightly called Day of the Outlaw a western “in the best William S. Hart tradition,” too. It may be one of the bleakest films ever made, with wintry landscapes recalling Jacques Tourneur’s Nightfall and a messy sense of hopelessness that predicts Heaven’s Gate, the Western to end all Westerns. (JA)
96 min • Security Pictures • 16mm Widescreen
Print from Private Collections
Shorts: Western Melodies (1949) and Howdy Doody: A Trip to Funland (1953) 16mm
Prints Courtesy of the Chicago Film Archives
Three Little Pups (Tex Avery, 1953) 35mm Technicolor
Print from the Radio Cinema Film Archive

Chicago Reader (Fred Camper)

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