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Friday, January 30, 2009

What's Old: Frank Tashlin at Northbrook Public Library

Posted By on 01.30.09 at 04:51 AM

Most area libraries have abandoned celluloid projection in favor of DVD, so readers should know that Northbrook Public Library (1201 Cedar Lane in Northbrook, 847-272-6224) still projects its Wednesday revival series from 16- even 35-millimeter prints. February brings an especially tempting reason to trek out there: four 35-millimeter screenings of movies by the great comic director Frank Tashlin.

Tashlin got his start as an animator at Warners and Disney, then became a live-action director on such gems as Son of Paleface (1952) with Bob Hope and Artists and Models (1955) and Hollywood or Bust (1956) with Martin and Lewis. With The Girl Can't Help It, he celebrated and satirized the selling of rock 'n' roll, and the next year he took on Madison Avenue with Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Check out Jonathan Rosenbaum's piece on the latter film.

The NPL series opens with Jerry Lewis—who, to the consternation of some, will accept the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at this year's Oscar ceremony—in It'$ Only Money, screening Wed 2/4 at 1 and 7:30 PM. The series continues with Hollywood or Bust (Wed 2/11); The Girl Can't Help It (Wed 2/18), from a CinemaScope print, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Wed 2/25).

Check out Jayne Mansfield's grand entrance, to Little Richard's raunchy title song, about 7:15 minutes into this clip from The Girl Can't Help It:

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