The Walls of Jericho – A Great Movie You’ve Never Seen Based on a Great Book You’ve Never Read

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – $5.00 per ticket
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Wednesday, January 9 @ 7:30pm
Directed by John M. Stahl • 1948
In Jericho, Kansas at the turn of the century, county lawyer Cornel Wilde endures endless suffering and public humiliation at the hands of his drunken wife (Ann Dvorak) while trying to spur a hopeless romance with Anne Baxter. Their affair is repressed in an effort to preserve Wilde’s fledgling political career, which is effectively destroyed by Linda Darnell when Wilde rejects her advances. Based on Great Plains novelist Paul Wellman’s long out-of-print (but reportedly fantastic) book of the same name, The Walls of Jericho lies somewhere between director John M. Stahl’s nasty, writhing Leave Her to Heaven and his devastating melodramas (the original versions of Magnificent Obsession, Imitation of Life, and Back Street). A seething Southern fable simultaneously touching and disturbing, Jericho‘s sinister way of displaying a crumbling town and stilted way of communicating with its audience have a lingering, cumulative effect that crawls under the skin. (JA)
106 min • 20th Century-Fox • 35mm from Criterion Pictures, USA
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