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Northwest Chicago Film Society Launches Screenings Tomorrow

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 15, 2011 5:40PM

2011_2_15_rock_lauren.jpg Last month, Rob posted an update of the former Bank of America Cinema's transformation into the Northwest Chicago Film Society. We wanted to remind you that the reconstituted organization's screenings begin tomorrow night with a screening of Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind at the Portage Theater. The film is about alcoholic playboy and oil tycoon scion Kyle Hadley (Robert Stack) who marries Lucy Moore (Lauren Bacall). But Hadley's poor but hard-working best friend, Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson) also pines for Lucy. Meanwhile, Kyle's sister Marylee (Dorothy Malone) is a cat on a hot tin roof who wants to scratch Mitch's post.

George Zuckerman's screenplay, based on Robert Wilder's 1845 novel, was loosely based on the saga of tobacco heir Zachary Smith Reynolds and torch singer Libby Holman. Written on the Wind was sixth of eight films partnering Sirk and Hudson, and the most successful of their films together.

The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind, 7 p.m. tomorrow night at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Admission for this and the Society's other screenings are $5 and will be held every Wednesday.