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Fritz Lang's only film in CinemaScope (1955, 89 min.) is one of his most neglected features, at least in this country. (In France there's a deluxe edition on DVD made especially for high school students.) A kind of 18th-century fairy tale about an orphan in Dorset (Jon Whiteley) who's adopted, after a fashion, by a smuggler (Stewart Granger), this classy MGM production was adapted from a novel by J. Meade Faulkner by Margaret Fitts and Jan Lustig, and its dreamlike sense of wonder is equaled only in Lang's German pictures. John Houseman produced, and Miklos Rozsa wrote the stirring score; the fine secondary cast includes George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, and Viveca Lindfors. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Saturday, September 28, 7:00, and Wednesday, October 2, 6:00, 312-846-2800.

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