' ' Cinema Romantico: Why I Love The Windy City

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Why I Love The Windy City

"Of all the movies I have seen, (The Third Man) most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies. I saw it first on a rainy day in a tiny, smoke-filled cinema on the Left Bank in Paris. It told a story of existential loss and betrayal. It was weary and knowing, and its glorious style was an act of defiance against the corrupt world it pictured. Seeing it, I realized how many Hollywood movies were like the pulp Westerns that Holly Martins wrote: naive formulas supplying happy endings for passive consumption." - Roger Ebert

I only mention this quote since I'll be seeing "The Third Man" on the big screen this evening at the Siskel Center with a glass of beer firmly in hand. I believe the term for which I'm searching is giddy-up.

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