Crime Does Not Pay — Except Maybe This Wednesday in Fritz Lang’s Ultra-Rare You and Me in 35mm…

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

Read Ben Sachs’s in-depth rave in the Reader.

June 20
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

AND ALSO: THIS SUNDAY, June 17th – Selected Oddities from our vaults. The Northwest Chicago Film Society provides indoor entertainment during the Six Corners BBQ Fest. Complete lineup of shorts, cartoons, trailers, and odds ‘n’ ends below!

Program repeats at 12:00 and 2:30 at the Portage Theater
Superman: THE BILLION DOLLAR LIMITED (Dave Fleischer, 1942) 16mm
Coronet Films: YOUR THRIFT HABITS (1948) 16mm
Trailer: DANTE’S INFERNO (Harry Lachman, 1935) 16mm
Columbia Color Rhapsody: LET’S GO (Charles Mintz, 1937) 16mm Technicolor
The Three Stooges in CORNY CASANOVAS (Jules White, 1952) 16mm
Donald Duck in THE LITTERBUG (Hamilton Luske, 1961) 16mm
The King Sisters in FARMYARD FOLLIES (Castle Films, 1948) 16mm
Merrie Melodies: THUGS WITH DIRTY MUGS (Tex Avery, 1939) 16mm
35mm Trailer Reel: VERBOTEN, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, THE DESERT HAWK, UNTAMED FRONTIER, CAPTAIN BLOOD, & ULYSSES
“A Dog in Search of an Orange” in THE MASCOT (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1933) 16mm

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