It’s Patriotic! It’s Uplifting! It’s Industrial! It’s An American Romance in a 35mm Print from George Eastman House

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Northwest Chicago Film Society will not be screening films at the Portage Theater. The rest of this season’s screenings have been moved to the Patio Theater.

15B_American RomanceWednesday, July 10 @ 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road
Directed by King Vidor • 1944
A leisurely American epic that devotes nearly as much screen time to the insides of automobile factories and steel mills as it does to its narrative, An American Romance stars Brian Donlevy as an ambitious Czech immigrant who works his way up from a lowly factory worker to a wealthy industrialist. Cut from the same cloth as hyper-enthusiastic, pro-American films like This Is the Army, An American Romance may as well have been an industrial film to boost morale at General Motors, and we mean that in the best possible way: lush Technicolor photography to show off American industry at its most thrilling, mixed with acting so sincere you’d think you were in a Coronet Films educational. Okay, Donlevy’s accent may be about as convincing as Boris Badenov in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, but it also tips the film over into the land of the surreal. Co-presented with portoluz – Old and New Dreams (JA)
121 min • MGM • 35mm from George Eastman House, permission Warner Bros.

You don’t even want to know how giddily we’re looking forward to this one …

Wednesday, July 17 @ 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road
Directed by Richard Fleischer • 1958
Mightiest Of Men . . . Mightiest Of Spectacles . . . Mightiest Of Motion Pictures! The second and final collaboration between Kirk Douglas and director Richard Fleischer (Walt Disney’s sublime 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was the first) stars one-eyed Douglas and his half-brother Tony Curtis as Vikings competing for the recently captured Janet Leigh, both reporting to their totally unhinged father Ernest Borgnine. Shot in color and CinemaScope in Norway by the great Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes, The African Queen), The Vikings is a whirlwind spectacle built for the big screen in the same class as The Ten Commandments and Around the World in 80 Days (though much shorter). The interiors are even better, including a drunken feast in the great hall (complete with an axe-throwing competition) that prompted the New York Times to call the film “the best advertisement for beer-drinking since the breweries put wrestling on TV.” Orson Welles narrates. (JA) [PURCHASE TICKETS]
116 min • Bavaria Film •  35mm from Park Circus

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