Decent-sized Crowd Shows Up for "Indecent" Movie
Under a sky that was threatening to rain, on a cool summer night, a diverse crowd of over 70 movie goers showed up at Indian Boundary Park for an outdoor screening of MGM's 1935 film adaption of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, a film considered to be "indecent" by some groups in Chicago when it first opened.
Although the pacing of the movie was sluggish at times, mainly because Greta Garbo showed up to play the role of Greta Garbo instead of Anna Karenina, nearly the entire crowd seemed content to watch the film in its entirety. Even the five dogs in the audience seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Set up for the event was about fifteen minutes past the scheduled time of 8:00 p.m. However, the delayed start quickly escaped the notice of the crowd when park district personnel announced that freshly popped popcorn would be available for free during the first 30 minutes of the film.