• The Freshman

Our Critic’s Choice this week is the classic Harold Lloyd comedy The Freshman, which screens Friday night at the Portage as the opening program of the Silent Summer Film Festival. Presented by the Silent Film Society of Chicago, this is always one of the highlights of the summer, and it continues every Friday through the end of August. Coming up in future weeks: Ben-Hur (1926), starring Ramon Navarro, on July 30; The Mark of Zorro (1920), starring Douglas Fairbanks, on August 6; The Penalty (1920), starring Lon Chaney, on August 13; Harold Teen (1928), a high school comedy starring Arthur Lake (who later played Dagwood Bumstead in the long-running Blondie series), on August 20; and Pollyanna (1920), starring Mary Pickford, on August 27. Check back in future weeks for reviews of some of these relics.