Wednesdsay, July 27th: “Rain” at the Portage Theater

Join us this Wednesday, July 27th for RAIN
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket

July 27th, 2011
Lewis Milestone • 1932
The second of two Joan Crawford pictures on our calender, here she plays Sadie Thompson, a prostitute boarding on an unspecified South Sea island. Walter Huston is a temporarily-marooned preacher who aspires to save her. A loud (there literally isn’t a moment in Rain that doesn’t have water bashing against the windows of the film’s interiors), messy, and frightening piece of quasi-evangelical quasi-propaganda by the great Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front, The Front Page), Rain anticipates some of the eerie poetry of the work of Edgar Ulmer and Val Lewton, but its bizarre heavy handedness and sense of utter chaos probably brings it closer to ninety minutes in one of the lowermost levels of Hell than any comparable piece of cinema. It’s hard to tell whether Rain is an overly earnest piece of propaganda or a mindless exploitation film, but either way it has some of the most intense sequences in pre-Code cinema. (JA)
94 min • United Artists • 16mm
Print from the Radio Cinema Film Archive

Cartoon: Alona on the Sarong Seas (Izzy Sparber, 1942) 16mm
Serial: Daredevils of Red Circle: The Flooded Mine (William Witney and John English, 1939) 16mm

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