From Purgatory to the Portage: Liliom
Rare 35mm Screening This Wednesday!

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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December 7th
LILIOM
Directed by Fritz Lang • 1934

The last film version of Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play before Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical adaptation, Carousel, forever altered the popular profile of the material, Liliom is a surprisingly coarse rendering of irrepressibly fantastic material. Charles Boyer plays the carnival barker Liliom, an argumentative loudmouth who loses his job and soon focuses his meager vocational energies on domestic abuse. His pregnant girlfriend Julie (Madeleine Ozeray) loves him in spite of it all, at least until a botched robbery sends Liliom to a bureaucratic celestial purgatory. The film itself proved almost as transient as the story it depicts: one of the less-than-a-handful of productions to emerge from Fox’s short-lived European operation, Liliom boasts the participation of a number of notable émigrés en route to America—director Fritz Lang, producer Erich Pommer, composer Franz Waxman, and cinematographer Rudolph Maté. In French with English subtitles (KW)

118 min • Les Productions Fox Europa • 35mm print from Criterion Pictures USA
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One Response to From Purgatory to the Portage: Liliom
Rare 35mm Screening This Wednesday!

  1. Erich Mees says:

    Thank you for bringing this movie to the big screen for us. I am awestruck that you translated the whole film and subtitled it live, and as promised it was so smooth I often forgot it was happening.

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