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
Wednesday, June 19 @ 8:00pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd.
THE CRIMSON KIMONO
Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1959
In downtown Los Angeles, a stripper is gunned down in the middle of the road, but what starts off as a terse, gritty thriller quickly becomes Sam Fuller’s most romantic effort, a melodrama wrapped in wolf’s clothing. Emotions run high in the grungy side streets of LA: Charlie (Glenn Corbett) and Joe (James Shigeta) are two inseparable LAPD detectives assigned to the murder case, but end up falling in love with the same key witness (Victoria Shaw) and nearly destroy their friendship. Despite being released with downright idiotic poster taglines like “Why Does She Choose a Japanese Lover?” The Crimson Kimono is also one of the most progressive movies of the ’50s. Charlie is white and Joe is Japanese American, but Fuller aggressively avoids a preachy commentary on race relations while making a film of unmatched emotional honesty. (JA)
82 min • Globe Enterprises • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
Preceded by: Walter Catlett in “You’re Next” (Del Lord, 1940) – 16mm – 18 min
If Samuel Fuller isn’t brawny enough for you, might we recommend next week’s feature?
Monday, June 24 @ 8:00pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd.
SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION
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: “Home Movies: Salmon Fishing” (Marc Terziev, 1967) – 16mm Kodachrome – 13 min