The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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Directed by Elia Kazan • 1960
Montgomery Clift is an agent for the Tennessee Valley Authority (created by FDR’s New Deal to stop the flooding of the Tennessee River and bring electricity to impoverished areas in 1933) in charge of overseeing the construction of a dam. Faced with local opposition for (among other things) employing black workers, Clift’s biggest struggle is convincing Lee Remick’s grandmother (the great Jo Van Fleet) to move off of her island in the middle of the river. Shot on location in Charleston and Cleveland, Tennessee, Wild River was for the last couple decades available only in faded, muddy prints. This recent restoration by Twentieth Century Fox and Criterion Pictures returns Elia Kazan’s masterpiece (and an atypically humanist effort from the director of such dire engagements as A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront) to its full glory, and what surfaces is a picture that understands the great sadness that comes when even the most dysfunctional of cultures is washed away well-intentioned progress. (JA)
Co-presented with portoluz–WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal
110 min • Twentieth Century Fox • 35mm from Criterion Pictures USA
Short: “People of the Cumberland” (Elia Kazan, et al., 1937) – 16mm – 18 min