When It Comes to IB Technicolor, Never Give A Inch: Paul Newman’s Sometimes a Great Notion in 35mm!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Northwest Chicago Film Society will not be screening films at the Portage Theater this week. We apologize for the inconvenience. This screening has been moved to the Patio Theater

12A_Sometimes a Great Notion
Monday, June 24 @ 8:00pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd.
Directed by Paul Newman • 1971
When the logging town of Wakonda, Oregon, goes on strike against a large lumber conglomerate, the nonunion Stamper family, headed by Paul Newman and his father Henry Fonda, keep working and quickly become the enemy of every now-out-of-work family in town. Shot on location along the Oregon coast, the film’s characters are dwarfed by the monolithic landscape and the buzzing of chainsaws, resulting in a leafy green palette that’s simultaneously terrifying and overwhelmingly beautiful. Based on Ken Kesey’s follow-up to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Paul Newman’s second film as a director has less in common with its experimentally structured source material than it does with working-class pre-Code films like Other Men’s Women and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, mixing hard-luck violence with genuine sympathy. With Lee Remick, Richard Jaeckel, and Michael Sarrazin. Showing in an original IB Technicolor print. (JA)
114 min • Universal Pictures • 35mm from private collections, permission Universal
Preceded by: “The Voice Beneath the Sea” (Bell Labs, 1956) – 35mm Technicolor – 15 min


And don’t forget our very special screening next Wednesday.

12B_Heat Lightning
Wednesday, June 26 @ 8:00pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd.
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1934
A sweaty, snarly helping of desert dreams and dead-end desire, Heat Lightning is a startling pre-Code drama. Aline MacMahon and Ann Dvorak play rugged sisters who run an auto garage-greasy spoon-flophouse trifecta in the middle of the Mojave, the only spot for miles around that serves bickering couples, satisfied divorcées, gangsters on the lam, and a whole car full of Mexican kids. Preceding the somewhat similar Petrified Forest by two years, Heat Lightning finds the New Deal optimism of Warner’s Busby Berkeley musicals thoroughly curdled in the arid blaze. (“Prosperity’s just across the border,” opines hood Preston Foster.) Features an impressive supporting turn from WB contract player Lyle Talbot as a jumpy bank robber who nibbles on his own necktie and murmurs “Holy cats” as if he was really cussing. (KW)
63 min • Warner Bros. • 35mm from the Library of Congress, permission Warner Bros.
Preceded by: Selected Cartoon – 16mm – 7 min

Margaret Talbot will introduce the film and sign copies of The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century, a biography of her father, Lyle Talbot.