Program for September 29 to December 8 2013 :
C-VA =Cinéma VA-114, 1395 René Levèsque O.
(Guy or Lucien l’allier metro)
C-JA = Cinéma J.A. deSève, 1400 deMaisonneuve O.
(Guy or Lucien-l’Allier metro)
Doors: 6 :30 p.m.
Projection: 7 p.m.
Major sponsor: Mel Hoppenheim School Of Cinema (Concordia)
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
(1973, U.S, 105 min.) Clint Eastwood
The unforgettable “man with no name” returns as an avenging angel of death passing through a sleepy western town terrorised by nasty outlaws. No need to be a fan of westerns as it transcends the genre in such a haunting way. Inspired by this year’s impressive Fantasia – FNC program collaboration ‘Django Project’, we bring you Clint Eastwood’s first masterpiece as director in the form of a very rare 35mm cinemascope print. With genuine film you get to see it as audiences did 40 years ago. Yeehaw!
“The last great surge of Westerns, known evocatively as the anti-western came during the Vietnam era. Here, the stereotypes – good guy, bad guy, gunfight, hard-working frontier town -were interrogated right down to their amoral hypocrisy and pathological psyches, a process that no film underwent as explicitly as Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter. The film is a postmodern morality play, in which justice is served but no one is heroic or good at heart. Eastwood’s mystery man is…preparing to bring grief to an American frontier founded on bloodshed, capitalist greed, and immigrant exploitation.” – Michael Atkinson, Turner Classic Movies
W.P.United Church 4695 deMaisonneuve W. (Vendôme metro)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
(1925, U.S., 96 min.) Rupert Julian. Starring Lon Chaney sr.
Experience a spectacular masterpiece of silent horror cinema on the big screen in a stunning old gothic church. With live music featuring piano and Casavant organ by Shayne Gryn, cello by Nadine Kolment and soprano vocals by Valérie Poisson. Musical direction: Shayne Gryn. Included is the colour version of the Masked Ball sequence. Plus bonus short film The Red Spectre (1909). Projecting “reel” film, it promises to be as outstanding as our silent horror double bill there last year which sold out. To ensure everyone gets a seat, we are presenting the event over two nights.
Tickets available at the door only: $12, $8 (students & 65+)
Popcorn, home-baked treats and refreshments available.
MAN ON THE ROOF (Mannen på taket)
(1976, Sweden, 110 min.) Bo Widerberg
In that gritty 70s style we all love, the brutal murder of a corrupt police lieutenant leads meticulous detectives to a crazed vengeful sniper on the roof of a busy downtown Stockholm skyscraper. The realistic narrative starts off as low crackling embers before exploding into a wildfire of peril just after the halfway mark and will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what happens next. Shaken, looking helplessly skyward, all you can expect is the unexpected.
According to respected blogger Vicky Albritton of Nordic Noir, Bo Widerberg’s highly-rated MAN ON THE ROOF is the best ever Swedish film in the genre. Discover this hard-to-find thriller for yourself on the C/FS big screen and see why it deserves to be much better known and shouted about from the rooftops. Very nice uncut subtitled 16mm print (18+).
WAR OF THE WORLDS : Welles & Wells
(1967 + 1975, U.S., 120 min.)
By popular demand, we are bringing back one of the most talked-about screenings at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival (which sold out ten days in advance!) We take you back 75 years to October 30th 1938; a night that panicked millions who were listening to the famous Orson Welles live broadcast of H.G. Wells’ Sci-Fi classic. With the dark cloud of war hanging over Europe, many here were already anticipating a hostile invasion by “outsiders”. At the time, radio was a powerful popular medium and Welles’ Mercury Players so realistically recreated, through voice and sound effects, an alien invasion for the spellbound audience huddled around their living room radios. It’s no wonder the result was mass hysteria with screams of “The Martians are here!”
For your other-worldly pleasure we present a very rare print of THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA (1975), a gripping, well-made TV movie with impressive period detail and a superb cast. Cinematographer Jules Brenner (Salem’s Lot, Return Of The Living Dead) effectively captures a shadowy sense of dread. With historical accuracy, director Joseph Sargent (The Invaders TV series) unravels the events surrounding that notorious Halloween broadcast in fast-paced real-time that is guaranteed to have you in a state of panic.
PLUS: Be one of the lucky few to see an impossible-to-find re-edited, split-screen condensed version of George Pal’s 1953 WAR OF THE WORLDS that was custom created for an installation at Montreal’s Man & His World (EXPO 67) Not seen anywhere for decades, it is an absolute must-see from the C/FS vaults! Also hear parts of the original 1938 broadcast piped through a vintage 1930’s radio!
THE WAR HUNT + A Time Out Of War
(1962, U.S., 83 min.) Denis Sanders
To commemorate Remembrance Day, see Robert Redford in his first film, a powerful story about the toll of warfare on those who fight it. Idealism, patriotism and notions of heroism are forgotten in the midst of battle. Instead of making men into saints, war usually turns them into demons. Private Loomis (Redford) arrives in Korea during the last few weeks of the war where he meets Raymond Endore (John Saxon), an unhinged draftee who thrives on night patrols in blackface, during which he kills North Korean soldiers in their sleep. Adding to the creepy proceedings, Endore has taken a Korean orphan as his personal servant and idolizer. Loomis also befriends the boy, hoping to steer him away from Endore’s dangerous influence. From start to finish, it’s obvious that the military did not back the anti-military production. Low on explosions, high on human drama, it may be seen as war movie for those who don’t usually like war movies.
Interesting to note: This film was also a first movie appearance for Sydney Pollack, (Later to direct outstanding films starring Redford), George Hamilton and Tom Skerrit. An uncredited Franis Coppola is an extra driving a jeep.
Our feature will be preceded by a short thesis film by WAR HUNT director Denis Sanders. A TIME OUT OF WAR (1954) won an Oscar for “Best Short”, first prize at Venice for “Best Live-Action Short” and a BAFTA award “Special Mention”. An absolute must-see set during the U.S. Civil War.
(1988, U.S, 132 min.) John McTiernan
Come out to the Coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…and enjoy C/FS’ explosive 25th anniversary tribute to the influential pinnacle of 80s Hollywood action films, Die Hard. The incomparable action film auteur John McTiernan followed Predator with a similarly brilliant, testosterone-heavy action romp – an immediate, hugely quotable Holiday classic! In a career-defining role, Bruce Willis stars as rugged, shoeless cop John McLane, on a trip to L.A. to reconcile with his estranged wife. Upon arrival, he finds her workplace, the Nakatomi Plaza building, under attack by iconic terrorist mastermind Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). All hell breaks loose for McLane, who never asked for any of this, and what follows is simply one of the best, most entertaining, intelligently staged action films of the last 30 years. Rounded up by a superb supporting cast, most memorable of which is cab driver sidekick Argyle (De’voreaux White) and Gruber’s many goons, Die Hard will screen on a vintage 35mm Cinemascope print, so outrageous it will have you screaming “Yippee-Ki-Yay” for the rest of the week. (Ariel Estaban Cayer)
Sun. Dec. 8
(1938, U.S., 102 min.) Howard Hawks
Trust us when we tell you there a few films more hilarious, joyous and brilliantly comedic than the seminal 1938 screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby, teaming up the screen-piercing duo of the glowing Katharine Hepburn (as Susan Vance, a role tailored just for her) and a bespectacled Cary Grant, in the role of the absurd, stumbling paleontologist David “Mr. Bone” Huxley. Shenanigans ensue, as Bone vies for Susan’s affection, to hilarious results, and Hawks’ film proves timeless, as brilliantly staged as it is raucous and relentless, launching comedic routine after comedic routine at you. Culminating in a stunning how-did-they-do-that slapstick sequence involving the skeleton of a brontosaurus and featuring more than one encounter with the titular feline Baby, it will have you laughing your head off. Catch a restored 35mm print (subtitled in French) at our 75th anniversary screening of what is perhaps one of the greatest comedies of all time, directed by the Hollywood maestro of many genres, Howard Hawks. (Ariel Estaban Cayer)