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September 22, 2:00 PM to 4:00 AM | Chazen Auditorium
USA, 1961, 35mm, 96 min. Director: Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman
For his second feature as director, Jerry Lewis plays the handyman and sole male resident at a boarding house for young women who is determined to resist the opposite sex at all costs. One of Lewis’ many virtuoso strokes as a filmmaker is the camerawork around a three-story cutaway set that later influenced other directors like Godard and Scorsese. Preceded by a Jerry Lewis trailer reel!
Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen series from September through December 2019 will present an international selection of 15 feature films and several shorts from throughout film history, all on 35mm, from the collection of the Chicago Film Society. Founded in January 2011 by Becca Hall, Julian Antos, and Kyle Westphal, three Chicago-based projectionists and programmers, the Chicago Film Society was created to “to promote the preservation of film in context.” The CFS’s successful regular screening series at Northeastern Illinois University, the Music Box Theatre, and other locations in Chicago, was, according to their mission statement, launched out of a conviction that “films capture the past uniquely. They hold the stories told by feature films, but also the stories of the industries that produced them, the places where they were exhibited, and the people who watched them. We believe that all of this history–not just of film, but of 20th century industry, labor, recreation, and culture–is more intelligible when it’s grounded in unsimulated experience: seeing a film in a theater, with an audience, and projected from film stock.” The CFS has also established a significant and eclectic archive of 35mm and 16mm film prints that we have drawn upon for the purposes of this series tribute to the Society’s cinephilic accomplishments. Additionally, Julian Antos and Becca Hall will appear in person on September 28 at the Vilas Hall venue to present a CFS restoration of Hal Hartley’s American indie classic Trust.