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16B COLOSSUSGene Siskel Film Center – 164 N. State Street
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Sunday, December 15 @ 7:30pm
COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT
Directed by Joseph Sargent • 1970
A visionary sci-fi yarn that unfolds entirely in dingy government offices and labs with floor-to-ceiling mainframes, Colossus: The Forbin Project asks, “Why elect a president when we can have a computer-king instead?” Forbin (Eric Braeden) has designed an intelligent supercomputer to remove that sissy human factor from nuclear brinkmanship and gets the Pentagon to go along with it.  But soon after Colossus is juiced up, it finds a crazy-smart penpal in its hitherto-unknown Soviet counterpart. Together the two computers will charter a more perfect world with a few strategic missiles. Just don’t try disconnecting them. TV veterans Braeden and Sargent apply their nondescript craftsmanship to a project so taut and economical it might as well be called Playhouse 90 Meets IBM. (Small screen credentials and pan-and-scan DVDs aside, Forbin is a formidable widescreen production.) Shelved by the studio for two years until the far-out success of 2001: A Space Odyssey confirmed hippie appetite for evil computers, this remains a serious and literate stab at sci-fi. (KW)
100 min  • Universal Pictures • 35mm from Universal

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Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time for another off-beat Yuletide choice from the Northwest Chicago Film Society.

17A MIRACLE
Sunday, December 22 @ 7:30pm
THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK
Directed by Preston Sturges • 1944
After spending a drunken, sin-soaked night sending off six soldiers, Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) wakes up pregnant and married, but she can’t remember how or to whom. Eddie Bracken is the local 4-H boy who has been in love with Hutton for as long as he can remember and jumps at the opportunity to take responsibility for the incident and indirectly sire an heir. The Hays Office warned that a film with such a spindly moral backbone should have no resemblance to the story of Jesus Christ (they also only approved ten pages of the script), but The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek is an obvious and even touching play on the immaculate conception, and finds Sturges, who Manny Farber called “the most spectacular manipulator of sheer humor since Mark Twain,” at his most out-of-control. With William Demarest, Brian Donlevy, and Akim Tamiroff. (JA)
98 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Library of Congress, permission Paramount

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