Sep 23: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

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Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Sidney Lumet, 1974
with  Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman,
Sean Connery, Mia Farrow & Vanessa Redgrave 

Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 PM

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

When Paul Dehn and Sidney Lumet adapted Agatha Christie’s novel in 1974, it had been about 10 years since the last novel of the famous English writer had been brought to the screen.
Before Murder on the Orient Express, Miss Marple already had more incarnations at the movies than Hercule Poirot and now Poirot is more closely associated with Agatha Christie than Miss Marple, thanks to this film for that. Dehn and Lumet gave a body and texture to the character; all other subsequent adaptations of Poirot’s adventures were inspired by this film, from adaptations with Peter Ustinov to the series with David Suchet.

Murder on the Orient Express is a splendidly entertaining movie of the sort that isn’t made anymore: It’s a classic whodunit, with all the clues planted and all of them visible, and it’s peopled with a large and expensive collection of stars.” Roger Ebert

For next Wednesday, we planned to screen In The Mood For Love, but for various reasons, we must cancel this projection. We are very sorry and we will put it back to our schedule as soon as possible.

Remember that admission is $10 ($5 for children under 14, must be accompanied by an adult), but for a Charlottetown Film Society/L’ipéen movies screened in the same week, keep your ticket from the first time you came to receive a $5 discount on the others. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or online on EventBrite (

Sep 19: My Darling Clementine

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My Darling Clementine
John Ford, 1946
with Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature & Walter Brenan

Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5 PM
City Cinema; Admission $10
The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

In Western mythology, the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the shooting at the OK Corral is among the most famous, with about a dozen films set in this legendary location. The well-known films include John Sturges’ Gunfight at the OK Corral with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, George P. Cosmatos’ Tombstone with Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell and John Ford’s My Darling Clementine with Henry Fonda and Victor Mature.

According to historians, it’s the Ford version that would vary the most from the true story, but on the other hand, Ford said that in the 20’s he had actually met Wyatt Earp and he told him the details of the gunfight. Whether or not the film is close to reality, this premise provided Ford the opportunity to shoot one of his most beautiful movies.

The American critic Roger Ebert includes My Darling Clementine in his essentials list, saying this about it:”John Ford’s greatest Western (…) My Darling Clementine must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns. The giveaway is the title, which is not about Wyatt or Doc or the gunfight, but about Clementine, certainly the most important thing to happen to Marshal Earp during the story.” Roger Ebert

Sep 15 & 16: Akira


Akira (Katsuhiro Ôtomom 1988)
Saturday, September 15 @ 9:10 PM
Sunday, September, 16 @ 9 :10 PM
In Japanese with english subtitles

City Cinema; Admission $10
In 2019, a secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

This is Katsuhiro Otomo’s first feature film that adapts his own Manga. Akira was released in Japan in the summer of 1988 and would become the first international box office success of a Japanese animated film, blessing the support of the MGM in the United States. It is now regarded as one a best animated film ever made and one of the most influential science-fiction film, animated and live-action films. Akira has been cited as a major influence on live-action films such as The Matrix,  ChronicleLooperMidnight SpecialInception and Ready Player One.  To mark 30 years since its original release, we will host two screenings of this masterpiece this weekend.

Sep 14: Eyes Wide Shut


City Cinema: Admission $10
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery.

Michel Ciment, french critic and champion of Kubrick’s cinema, wrote: “When Eyes Wide Shut came out a few months after Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999, it was severely misunderstood, which came as no surprise. If you go back and look at the contemporary reactions to any Kubrick picture (except the earliest ones), you’ll see that all his films were initially misunderstood. Then, after five or ten years came the realization that 2001 or Barry Lyndon or The Shining was like nothing else before or since.” and now, Eyes Wide Shut is on the BBC’s Top 100 greatest film of all times.



Sep 9: Zorba the Greek


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Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis, 1964)
Sun. Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.; City Cinema – Admission $10
Starring:  Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas,
Lila Kedrova

“Some actors, despite a series of important and memorable roles, will always remain linked to a single role, for Sean Connery, it is James Bond, for Al Pacino-Michael Corleone, for Peter O’toole-Lawrence of Arabia and for Anthony Quinn, more than his impeccable performance in Fellini’s La Strada, or in the title-role of Richard Fleischer’s Barrabas, the best religious epic film ever made by Hollywood, Anthony Quinn will remain forever immortalized in the role of Alexis Zorba in Michael Cacoyannis’ film Zobra the Greek.”

Zobra the Greek is the story of an uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

”Oscar-nominated Quinn is deliciously hammy but infectiously lusty in what became his most famous movie performance. It’s a highly exuberant, larger than life performance but it’s perfect for the movie. Subtly underplaying in contrast, Bates is ideal as the initially cool but gradually warmer writer, and his performance dovetails perfectly with the mighty Quinn’s. And Lila Kedrova is wonderfully appealing as Madame Hortense, an ailing, ageing prostitute living on her memories. Irene Papas also stars as the widow, though with few lines, she mostly just looks gloomy.” Derek Winnert

Winner of 3 Academy Awards:
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lila Kedrova)
Best Cinematography (Walter Lassally)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Vassilis Photopoulos)

Remember that admission is $10, but for a Charlottetown Film Society/L’ipéen movies screened in the same week, keep your ticket from the first time you came to receive a $5 discount on the others. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or online on (

Sep 1: Dog Day Afternoon

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Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
Sat. Sep 1, 9:10 p.m; City Cinema – $10 Admission
Starring:  Al Pacino, John Cazale & Charles Durning

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation but in a turn of events, the robbery changes into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Remember that admission is $10, but for a Charlottetown Film Society/L’ipéen movies screened in the same week, keep your ticket from the first time you came to receive a $5 discount on the others. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or online on (

Aug 31: Serpico

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Serpico (Sidney Lumet, 1973)
Fri. Aug 31, 9:10 p.m; City Cinema – Admission $10
Starring: Al Pacino, Waldo Salt & Norman Wexler

An honest New York cop, Frank Serpico,  blows the whistle on the rampant corruption in the police force only to have his comrades turn against him.

”Al Pacino is stellar. Pacino, like in most of his early work, delivers a superbly charismatic, energetic, and powerful performance — he fully immerses himself into his character, he is Frank Serpico. ”

Aug 26: Strange Brew

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Strange Brew: The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, 1983)
Sun. Aug 26, 9:00 p.m.
Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow

Bob & Doug McKenzie (and with them, the entire SCTV team) are prominent figures of the Canadian culture from the ’70s and ’80s, with their show airing from 1976 to 1984 on CBC. Fortunately for us, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas immortalized their famous characters, Bob & Doug McKenzie, in this movie “Strange Brew: The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie”, a film released on August 26, 1983, thus marking its 35th anniversary to the day.

9 pm, Aug 26 at City Cinema – Admission $10

Aug 25: Heat

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Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)
Sat. Aug 25, 9:00 p.m.
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer

Al Pacino and Robert de Niro were at the top of their game when they teamed up with Michael Mann, one of the most talented action filmmakers, so it’s no surprise that this gives us one of the best movies of the 90s. Director Christopher Nolan says that this film is the main inspiration he had for the making of Dark Knight.

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat of the police when they unknowingly leave a clue to their latest holdup.

‘’It’s not just an action picture. Above all, the dialogue is complex : They are eloquent, insightful, fanciful, poetic when necessary‘’ Roger Ebert

9 pm, Aug 25 at City Cinema – Admission $10

Aug 24: 8 1/2 a film by Federico Fellini


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8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
Fri. Aug 24, 9:00 p.m.
Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale

Among the films that made Fellini famous, “8 ½” has a prestigious place in film history and is acknowledged as an avant-garde film and a highly influential classic, thus the reason it is his most copied and plagiarized film. Woody Allen, in 1980 with “Stardust Memories”, made a personal version of it and Rob Marshall, the director of Chicago, directed “Nine” in 2009, a musical adaptation.

The premise is a film director spends some time in a mountain resort to recharge and come up with some new ideas.

” won the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design and it is among the top 10 on the British Film Institute’s Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time.

Aug 24 – 9 pm at City Cinema; Admission $10