Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 320: Sun Nov 20

Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949): Cinema Museum, 4pm

This 35mm screening (which plays in a double-bill with Queen Bee on 16mm) is part of the Vito Project season. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Bette Davis tires of life married to a small-town doctor, so she takes off to Chicago for an affair, hopping the most monstrously phallic train in film history. Her frenzied performance is met on the other side of the camera by director King Vidor, who matches her excesses shot for shot. The “What a dump!” line quoted in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? originates here, though it’s actually one of the film’s more naturalistic moments. Much of Vidor’s late work flirts dangerously with camp; this 1949 effort, I’m afraid, frequently succumbs, though it has a weird kind of power and integrity. With Joseph Cotten and David Brian.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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