Celluloid Hero

Check out the original flick about the Man of Steel as Superman turns 70.

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The original 1948 version of Superman flashes on the screen tonight to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Clark Kent's creation by native Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The 15-part black-and-white serial will be played in all its 244-minute glory, unlike its initial screenings, when it was played in spurts before feature flicks. The 35-millimeter print from the Library of Congress stars Kirk Alyn as the title character. Only you wouldn't know his name; the opening credits simply bill him as Superman. The curtain parts at 6:30 tonight at the Cleveland Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard. Admission is $7 to $10. Call 216-421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque.
Mon., June 30, 6:30 p.m., 2008
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