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New Season! New Laffs! Lombard and MacMurray inHands Across the Table in 35mm at the Portage!

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.

Wednesday, September 5th @ 7:30pm
Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1935
Hoping to pull herself out of the working class and into the arms of a millionaire, hotel manicurist Carole Lombard pines after playboy Fred MacMurray only to find out his family lost its fortune in the Crash and he’s trying to land a millionaire, too. A missed ocean liner to Bermuda lands him on her couch for a week, and in the end their fates are left to the toss of a coin. Not to be mistaken for a screwball comedy (though a delightful scene in which MacMurray scares a very young William Demarest into taking a nasty tumble down Lombard’s apartment stairs may as well make it one), this is much more bitter, tender, lovely stuff… everyone involved will break your heart in the funniest sort of way. Delicately and affectionately handled by Leisen, two misguided dumbells looking for love or money at any expense were never so graceful. (JA)
80 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Universal
Cartoon: Bugs Bunny in “Hair-Raising Hare” (Chuck Jones, 1946) • 16mm • 7 min


And join us on Sunday, September 9 for the return of Cinema Borealis!

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 4th Floor
$10 Suggested Donation
Two Shows! 7:00pm and 9:15pm Tony Scott RIP.

Directed by Tony Scott • 2010
The recent death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable rupture in Hollywood cinema: the Paul Sharits of testosterone-driven action filmmaking, Scott staged mayhem with a singularly florid intensity—color outside of time. After the operatic assault of The Hunger, Scott settled into a series of relatively staid blockbusters before an abstract late-career renaissance that encompassed Man on Fire, Domino, Deja Vu, and his final masterpiece, Unstoppable. A mere plot summary of Unstoppable makes it sounds like a Denzel-ized retread of Speed, but trust us: if your idea of a perfect night at the movies is watching trains hurdle through the verdant backwoods of Pennsylvania at a hundred miles per hour in throbbing primary shades, this is your kind of movie. One of the rare recent action films to take full advantage of the scope of Cinemascope, Unstoppable also found praise in the Canadian journal Cinemascope for its “daring, forceful plunges into abstraction combined with a hardscrabble, working-class metaphysics.” (KW)
98 min • 20th Century Fox • 35mm from Criterion Pictures, USA

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