Up, Up, & Away with Aviatrix Kate: Dorothy Arzner’s Christopher Strong in a 35mm Archival Print on March 13

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

Wednesday, March 13 @ 7:30 PM
CHRISTOPHER STRONG
Directed by Dorothy Arzner • 1933
Self-confessed devoted husband of many years and all-around square Sir Christopher Strong (Colin Clive, aka Henry Frankenstein) and self-confessed forever loveless aviatrix and all-around thrill ride Lady Cynthia Darrington (Katharine Hepburn) meet at a scavenger hunt party where their lifestyle choices qualify them as hard-to-find items. But promises are made and broken in Christopher Strong faster than you get your jodhpurs off and once Sir Strong sees Lady Darrington in her sexy silver lamé moth costume (complete with antennae!) they both quickly renege on any previously stated positions. When their affair begins to take its toll on Strong’s wife (Billie Burke foreshadowing future Glinda the Good Witch), Lady “Scandal isn’t your dish Chris” Darrington hopes the aviation equivalent of a long cold shower – a trip round the world – will prevent the breakup of Chris’s happy home. Dorothy Arzner’s scandalous pre-Code tale of love and infidelity couldn’t possibly end with anything less than total emotional devastation, though, so fasten your seatbelts. Featuring Helen Chandler as Strong’s bratty-to-the-brim daughter and enough costume changes to crack your altimeter. (RL)
78 min • RKO Radio Pictures • 35mm from Library of Congress
Short: Ruth Etting in “Along Came Ruth” (Joseph Henabery, 1933) – 20 min – 35mm

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