The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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Wednesday, January 4th
Directed by Preston Sturges • 1941
Frustrated with the output of his career to date, Hollywood lightweight John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) embarks on a ninety-minute pilgrimage to make a picture of real substance about human suffering and, against his studio’s wishes, leaves Hollywood as a tramp in search of loneliness, sorrow, and despair. Along the way he picks up a very broke, very gorgeous Veronica Lake (here echoing a tall, blonde bombshell version of Louise Brooks in Beggars of Life) and after being slapped in a southern chain gang for messing around in a railroad yard is bested by a church projectionist. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sturges’ most sarcastic film is also one of the greatest love letters to motion pictures themselves. Bosley Crowther called it “the best social comment made upon Hollywood since A Star Is Born,” but it’s also a tribute to nontheatrical screening spaces and the element of film-going that gives cinema its strongest sense of purpose: an audience. (JA)
90 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Universal
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