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Northwest Chicago Film Society Announces Summer Schedule

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 11, 2012 3:00PM

2012_4_11nwchicagofilmsociety.jpg First they got kicked out of their long-time home at the LaSalle Bank (aka Bank of America) Theater only to wind up at the beleaguered Portage Theater. You'd think someone had it in for the folks behind the Northwest Chicago Film Society. But they soldier on, showing classic and rare films season after season. With the Portage Theater just afforded preliminary landmark status, could it be that their luck is about to change? Tributes, benefits, and community action can help preserve the Portage, ensuring that the Northwest Chicago Film Society has a home for many seasons to come.

Their newly announced summer schedule is certainly on the sweet side of awesome. Running April 25 - August 29 at the Portage, it features a quirky selection of unusual gems from acknowledged masters (Hitchcock, Siodmak, Fuller, Lumet, and others), including a whole raft of movies either produced or set during the Great Depression. This latter series, presented in conjunction with portoluz's "WPA 2.0: A Brand New Deal," dovetails quite nicely with the summer plans of another group.

Admission is $5 and all screenings begin at 7:30pm:

April 25
The Trouble With Harry - Alfred Hitchcock, 1955 - 35mm from Universal Pictures

May 2
Wild Boys of the Road - William Wellman, 1933 - 35mm preservation from the Library of Congress
with the Our Gang short "Free Wheeling" (Robert F. McGowan,1932) - 16mm

May 9
The File on Thelma Jordon - Robert Siodmak, 1950 - 35mm from Paramount Pictures

May 16
Bound For Glory - Hal Ashby, 1976 - 35mm from Park Circus
with the short subject "To Hear Your Banjo Play" (Irving Lerner, Willard Van Dyke, 1947) - 16mm

May 23
The Captain Hates the Sea - Lewis Milestone, 1934 - 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
with the Betty Boop cartoon "S.O.S." (Dave Fleischer, 1932) - 16mm

May 30
Wild River - Elia Kazan, 1960 - 35mm from Criterion Pictures USA
with the short subject "People of the Cumberland" (Elia Kazan, et al., 1937) - 16mm

June 6
The Halliday Brand - Joseph H. Lewis, 1957 - 35mm from Park Circus
with the Daffy Duck cartoon "Drip-Along Daffy" (Chuck Jones, 1951) - 16mm

June 20
You and Me - Fritz Lang, 1938 - 35mm from Universal Pictures
with the Mighty Mouse cartoon "He Dood It Again" (Eddie Donnelly, 1943) - 35mm Technicolor

June 27
After Tomorrow - Frank Borzage, 1932 - 35mm preservation from the UCLA Film & Television Archive
with the short subject "City of Contrasts" (Irving Browning, 1931) - 16mm

July 5
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Don Siegel, 1956 - 35mm from Paramount Pictures
with selected 1950s Sci-Fi trailers - vintage 35mm

July 11
Christmas In July - Preston Sturges, 1940 - 35mm from Universal Pictures
with the Laurel & Hardy short subject "Thicker Than Water" (James W. Horne, 1935) - 16mm

July 18
House of Bamboo - Samuel Fuller, 1955 - 35mm from Criterion Pictures USA
with the 1945 US Office of War Information propaganda film "My Japan" - 16mm

July 25
La belle equipe - Julien Duvivier, 1936 - 16mm from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
with the Popeye cartoon "We Aim to Please" (Dave Fleischer, 1934) - 16mm

August 1
Stage Struck - Sidney Lumet, 1958 - vintage 35mm Technicolor print from private collections
with the short subject "Stage Frights" (Albert Ray, 1935) - 35mm

August 8
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum - Lewis Milestone, 1933 - 35mm preservation the Library of Congress
with the Betty Boop cartoon "The Old Man and the Mountain," featuring Cab Calloway (Dave Fleischer, 1933) - 35mm

August 15
A Hen in the Wind - YasujirĂ´ Ozu, 1948 - 35mm from Janus Films
with the National Film Board of Canada cartoon "The Cat Came Back" (Cordell Barker, 1988) - 35mm

August 22
This Day and Age - Cecil B. DeMille, 1933 - 35mm from Universal Pictures
with the Popeye cartoon "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" (Dave Fleischer, 1934) - 16mm

August 29
The Chase - Arthur Penn, 1966 - 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
with the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon "Fast and Furry-ous" (Chuck Jones, 1949) - 35mm Technicolor

These Northwest Chicago Film Society presentations take place at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.