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Heroes & Hoovervilles: films of the Depression

Frank Borzage’s late 1920s and 30s romances are among the most emotional and lyrical ever committed to film. They’re also striking in their frequent focus on down-on-their-heels Depression-era working class couples. In the stunning "Man’s Castle," Spencer Tracy meets a starving Loretta Young in the park and treats her to a dinner he can’t pay for. Both unemployed and homeless, Tracy invites Young to move in to his shantytown shack (this is a pre-code film!). Tracy is at his most raffishly charming, and Young positively glows onscreen with an innocent passion for her new lover, whose wanderlust and roving eye threaten their relationship. 

Part of the Block Cinema Film Series at Northwestern. 

$4.00 for Block members; University faculty, staff and students with valid WildCARD; students from other schools with valid college/university ID; seniors 65 and older $6.00 for the general public $20.00 for a quarterly pass 

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