Coming Soon: CORN’S-A-POPPIN’ and I WANT YOU

This Sunday at Cinema Borealis, we’ll be screening a newly unearthed 35mm print of CORN’S-A-POPPIN’

Sunday, October 9th – 8 pm
Cinema Borealis, located at 1550 North Milwaukee Ave, 4th floor
Suggested Donation is $10
***Please arrive early as seating is limited***

Sunday, October 9th – 8pm
Directed by Robert Woodburn • 1956
A regional independent film? A country western musical? An early Robert Altman script? A roman à clef about real-life popcorn baron Charles Manley? A masterpiece? Corn’s-A-Poppin’ is all these things and more. Produced on the cheap in a Kansas City TV station (economically, it’s also set largely in a TV station) by a band of young talent schooled in the production techniques of The Calvin Corporation, the Midwest’s most innovative industrial film studio, Corn’s-A-Poppin’ is just about the most free-wheeling and sing-able hour of cinema we’ve ever seen. Down-home crooner Jerry Wallace plays Johnny Wilson, the star of the Pinwhistle Popcorn Hour, a half-pint (and half-hour) variety show with acts ranging from pro-hog caller Lillian Gravelguard to Hobie Shepp and His Cow Town Wranglers. Might the cornpone bookings be an act of sabotage by rogue PR man Waldo Crummit in a bid to gut the Pinwhistle Empire? It’s up to Little Cora Rice to save the day. Songs include: “On Our Way to Mars,” “Running After Love,” and “Mama, Wanna Balloon.” Financed largely by regional showmen and probably not seen anywhere outside of Kansas City until 2007, Chicago’s new cult classic will receive one triumphant last public screening before going on the restoration docket. Panel discussion to follow.
58 min • Commonwealth Amusements Co. • 35mm


Next week in the Classic Film Series at the Portage, we’ll be screening a rare 16mm print of I WANT YOU
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

October 12th
Directed by Mark Robson • 1951
Dana Andrews and his family operate a contracting business in an undisclosed American Small Town at the start of the Korean War. As families begin to worry about their young men going off to fight, pressure mounts on Andrews – considered “essential” by the US government because of his profession – to keep the men he employs out of combat. Though it attempts to be an answer to the Korean War in the same way that The Best Years of Our Lives (also a Samuel Goldwyn production) was to World War II, I Want You ends up being a much more eerie and conflicted picture. Starting at the beginning of combat while Best Years of Our Lives took place in the aftermath of WWII, I Want You has very little to offer in the way of comfort or optimism (though Andrews and Dorothy McGuire are both wonderful and keep everything above water). Instead it’s a fairly bitter look at a handful of middle of the road Americans and the Cold War America they were living with, the sort of picture that seems – for better or worse – to escape becoming dated, if only because it feels so familiar. (JA)
102 min • The Samuel Goldwyn Company • 16mm from the Radio Cinema Film Archive
Cartoon: Daffy Duck in “Draftee Daffy” (Bob Clampett, 1945) 16mm

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