Yearly Archives: 2011

Coming Soon: Huckleberry Finn Chicago Premiere of the GEH Restoration!

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.

December 14th
Directed by William Desmond Taylor • 1920
Those expecting a family-oriented silent comedy to embrace the full political and satiric scope of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn have reason to be disappointed. For everyone else, this highly condensed and compressed version of the novel yields many other pleasures: a winning lead performance by Lewis Sargent, beautiful location work (with the Sacramento River standing in competently for the Mississippi), breezy and efficient summertime direction from William Desmond Taylor, Paramount production values, and, above all, an abiding sense of the popular reverence that Twain enjoyed in 1920s America. Restored by the George Eastman House, inclusive of a veritable rainbow of tints and a meticulous recreation of the original intertitles. (KW)
75 min • Famous Players-Lasky • 35mm restored by the George Eastman House
With live accompaniment by Jay Warren!
Cartoon: Mississippi Hare (Chuck Jones, 1949) 35mm

Read about the film, the restoration, and our screening in the Chicago Tribune.


And don’t miss our Xmas Gala at Cinema Borealis!


Sunday, December 18th – 6 pm & 8:15 pm
Directed by Erik Blomberg • 1952
When her deadbeat Lapland Shepard husband takes off and leaves her hungry and heartbroken, Mirjami Kuosmanen (director Erik Blomberg’s real world wife) seeks the help of a local shaman who turns her into a white reindeer vampire. Adapted from a Finnish folk tale, the film is beautifully shot against staggering Finnish snowscapes and herds of reindeer who don’t have marital problems. The Finnish entry at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, Valkoinen peura won the award for Best Fairy Tale Film with Jean Cocteau as the president of the mostly French jury, and made its way to the US as The White Reindeer in 1957 as a limited release. Also on the bill tonight is a 16mm kinescope of the Space Patrol episode “A Christmas Party for Happy,” originally aired on Christmas Day 1954, and featuring (briefly) a reindeer-driven spaceship. (JA)
67 min • Junior-Filmi • 35mm Print courtesy of Douris Corp., special thanks to Tim Lanza

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