The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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YOU AND ME
Directed by Fritz Lang • 1938
Liberal department store magnate Harry Carey puts his payroll where his politics are and hires ex-convicts to run his shop as a reform gesture. Two such specimens, Sylvia Sidney and George Raft, fall in love—a mistake that dredges up uncomfortable personal histories and threatens Sidney’s chances with the parole board. The siren song of crime calls to Raft anew. As if Fritz Lang’s efforts were not already the most Germanic product to come out of Hollywood, You and Me, his third American feature, enlisted composer Kurt Weill to pen charming-dialectic tunes like “The Song of the Cash Register.” If not quite a stateside Threepenny Opera (a Damon Runyon-inflected romantic comedy with gangsters and songs would be closer to the mark), there’s an undeniably daffy and intellectual film in here. (It even ends with Sidney’s mathematical demonstration of the familiar adage that Crime Does Not Pay.) Coldly received when it was new, the befuddled reviews portend an obviously great movie. Per Variety, “There’s quite a bit of the René Clair in You and Me. Lang tries to blend dramatic music with melodramatic action more than heretofore. It’s a sort of cinematic Mercury Theatre, by way of Marc Blitzstein-Orson Welles, with European flavoring, also.” (KW)
Co-presented with portoluz–WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal
90 min. • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Universal
Cartoon: Mighty Mouse in “He Dood It” (Eddie Donnelly, 1943) – 35mm Technicolor – 7 min