You’ll Never Forget This One: This Day and Age
DeMille’s Berserk Call to Arms Calls This Wednesday

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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August 22
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille • 1933
One of the more unaccountable artifacts in the history of American cinema, DeMille’s filmic op-ed opens with montages of barreling airplanes and never lets up from there. DeMille returns to the high school milieu of The Godless Girl when that institution was still so fresh on the mass culture landscape that any examination of it felt ultra-contemporary and important. Temporarily empowered with law-enforcement authority in a Boys Week gambit, the valedictorians of North High School embark on a vigilante crusade to rid the city of the gangsterism that the adults and their due process niceties can’t quash. Though nominally one of DeMille’s modern stories, the boys’ solutions have a decidedly Old Testament flavor, not least extracting information from one hood by dangling him over a pit of live rats. Simultaneously awestruck by fascist methodology and solidly anti-bigotry (the boys’ crusade is set in motion by the murder of a Jewish tailor), This Day and Age is civic-minded in a one-of-a-kind way. As a social document of the anxieties and options in the air at the dawn of the New Deal era, This Day and Age remains unmatched. It also includes a line about olives that ranks with the filthiest moments of pre-Code Hollywood. (KW)
Co-presented with portoluz–WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal
86 min. • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Universal
Cartoon: Popeye in “The Man on the Flying Trapeze” (Dave Fleischer, 1934) – 16mm – 7 min
Short: “Hollywood Extra Girl” (Herbert Moulton, 1935) – 16mm – 11 min

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