Learn the Awful Truth About My Favorite Wife – New 35mm Print from the Library of Congress on January 8

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University
Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, January 8 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Garson Kanin • 1940
Hollywood has never been an industry willing to let a good formula go to waste. So it was that RKO shamelessly reconstituted Columbia Pictures’ Leo McCarey-directed screwball sensation The Awful Truth into their own quasi-remake, once more pairing Truth stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as feuding spouses under the stewardship of McCarey (producing this time). Whereas The Awful Truth saw its upper-crust leads locked in a comparatively banal struggle over “irreconcilable differences,” My Favorite Wife bent over backwards to envision a scenario in which any and all mishaps, misunderstandings, and miscommunications could flourish, unhampered by reason, believability, or potential legal ramifications. This time out, Dunne plays Ellen Arden, a wife and mother who’s spent seven years shipwrecked on a remote island. She returns to civilization to find her husband Nick (Grant) has on that very day had her declared dead and has summarily remarried. Nick’s reunion with his legally deceased wife is initially a happy one, but his fumbling attempts to broach the topic of annulment with his new bride and the later discovery that Ellen was stranded alongside a hunky male consort (Grant’s longtime roommate Randolph Scott, showing a healthy amount of skin) ensure that, in classic screwball fashion, no good coupling goes unpunished. Preserved by the Library of Congress. (CW)
88 min • RKO • 35mm from Library of Congress, permission Warner Brothers
Preceded by: “Hollywood Steps Out” (Tex Avery, 1941) – 7 min – 16mm

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The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University
Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, January 15 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2006
A stunning, gentle film about the quiet dissolution of friendship that happens without anyone stopping to notice, Old Joy stars Will Oldham and David London as a pair of old friends who take a roadtrip in an iconic brown Volvo to a hot spring in the Oregon woods. Adapted from a short story written by Kelly Reichardt’s frequent collaborator Jonathan Raymond (Wendy and Lucy, Night Moves, and Meek’s Cutoff), Old Joy was described by Reichardt as a “New Age Western.” Without a horse in sight, it combines the myth of the West with the sadness and uncertainty of post-9/11, talk-radio-infused America. The filmwas shot on an Aaton A-Minima Super 16mm camera, which was small enough to fit in a backpack and travel into the forest with a tiny crew. Limited by the camera’s half-size magazine to five-minute takes, Reichardt recalls, “For me, keeping the apparatus small is how I work best. I just want to make a film where there are no walkie-talkies or Blackberrys. I just want to go off with a group of friends. I’m better at making films that are private environments. It’s less excess, which means I won’t have a dolly shot, but that’s okay.” (JA)
Screening in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Super 16 format!
76 min • filmscience • 35mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, Permission Janus
Preceded by: “Portland” (Greta Snider, 1996) – 12 min – 16mm from Canyon Cinema

Watch the trailer for OLD JOY

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