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Bare Knees

(Movies)
When
February 15, 2020 <m>(Saturday)
Where
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60613 (US)
Website: https://www.chicagofilmsociety.org/calendar/current-season/#bareknees

Event Details

Live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott

The flapper captured America's tender imagination in the 1920s, and Hollywood gave the public what it wanted with star showcases such as Olive Thomas's The Flapper, Clara Bow's It, and Joan Crawford's Our Dancing Daughters. Leave it to low-budget independent Gotham Productions to deliver the most whole-hearted endorsement of the archetype in Bare Knees, rated "a good cure for flapper pessimists" by Photoplay. With her modern fashion and penchant for cigarettes, Billie (Virginia Lee Corbin) sticks out from the moment she arrives in Portersville, Virginia, a marked contrast to her prim sister Jane (Jane Winton) and her district attorney husband (Forrest Stanley). Billie soon turns the sleepy town upside-down with new uniforms for the women's softball team and fresh insights into conservative hypocrisy. With no star egos to weigh down the proceedings, Bare Knees emerges as a fleet and crisp time capsule - it's barely an hour, but it's crammed with clever wordplay and fiery setpieces. Initially distributed by the fly-by-night Lumas Film Corporation, the film survives thanks to film collector Lou DiCrescenzo, whose nitrate print (snapped up at a flea market for five dollars per reel!) was preserved by the Library of Congress with the support of the Ambler Theater. (KW)


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