July 27th & 28th: Summer Interlude (1951) and Summer with Monika (1953)

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This weekend, we will present two films that Ingmar Bergman made early in his career: Summer Interlude (1951) and Summer with Monika (1953).

On July 14, Bergman would have been 100 years old and to mark this date, several cinematheques around the world had devoted retrospectives. Janus Film, an American restoration and distribution company, released almost the complete film catalogue of the famous Swedish director. We hope in the next few months to screen some of them. In an effort to be thematic, we start with two summer movies!

Friday, July 27th at 9:05 pm; $10 admission

Summer Interlude, a film directed by Ingmar Bergman

with Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten & Alf Kjellin

A lonely woman remembers her first love thirteen years earlier during a brief summer vacation.

 From 1946 to 1951, Bergman worked a lot. He directed 10 films and wrote four scripts that would be shot by other directors. During this time, Bergman both technically and thematically learned his job. His professional marathon ends with Summer Interlude in 1951 of which he would say: “I had always felt technically crippled: insecure with the crew, the cameras, the sound equipment — everything; sometimes a film succeeded, but I never got what I wanted to get. But in Summer Interlude, I suddenly felt that I knew my profession.”

At the time of the theatrical release of the film, Stig Almqvist, a Swedish critic wrote: “Ingmar Bergman’s method of making a film is miraculous …. He belongs to a handful here and there in the world who are now discovering the future articulation of film, and the result can be revolutionary.”

 

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Summer with Monika, a film directed by Ingmar Bergman

with Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, John Harryson & Georg Skarstedt

Saturday, July 28th at 9:05 pm; $10 admission

Two teenagers meet on a summer day, start a carefree affair and leave their families to be with each other. After the summer, their relationship changes.

At the original release in America, the sensual side of actress Harriet Andersson, (who became a follower of Bergman, making a dozen films with him) scared the censors who massacred the film. It was not until 50 years after its original release that the movie came out again in its entirety. At the time of this re-release, Manohls Dargis of the New York Times summed up the qualities of the film in one sentence: “Shot in rich black and white, “Monika” shows a director in absolute control of his medium and its singular expressivity.”

 

 

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July 20th and 21st: Arthur Miller Weekend

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On July 20 and 21, we will present two films directed by Arthur Hiller: Love Story and Making Love. Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989 to 1993 and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) from 1993 to 1997. He was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2002.

Born in 1923, he began his career on television before moving to the cinema in 1957 with The Careless Years. During his career, he directed about thirty films, often comedies, collaborating regularly with the same writers, Neil Simon among others. Without having a distinctive stylistic signature, like the critic Roger Ebert noted about Love Story, the success of his films is because of his “quiet taste” and his concern for small details. In his more ”serious” or ”dramatic” films, a great theme runs through the work of Hiller: the life of a couple or rather, how the couple goes through the difficult moments. This is the subject of the two films that we present.

Love Story depicts the life of a couple who has to cope with an illness and Making Love tells the story of a couple and asks the question how their marriage can evolve into a friendship when one becomes aware of repressed desires.

City Cinema @ 9:05 pm Friday June 20th: Love Story; Saturday June 21st: Making Love. $10 Admission

The Charlottetown Film Society in Collaboration with L’Ipéen Present: The Red House

 

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A French critic called Delmer Dave’s The Red House ” an English Gothic novel filmed in an American country side.”

Something between a thriller, a film noir and a horror movie and often called “a proto-Lynchiam film,” this story is about an orphan raised by a brother and a sister under the weight of a troubled past; featuring Edward G. Robinson who gives his most expressionistic interpretation …

With L’Ipéen, we will host a screening on Wednesday at 9:10 at City Cinema. $10 admission.

The Charlottetown Film Society in collaboration with L’ipéen Present: Making Love

 

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The Charlottetown Film Society in collaboration with L’ipéen will be hosting a screening a Making Love, a film directed by Arthur Hiller (the director of Love Story, The In-Laws & Teachers).

“Making Love gave something to gay audiences, who were used to being represented as monsters… Hollywood’s first gay romance. And for many years, it was its last.” – Kate Arthur

A doctor, married to a television network executive, starts having feelings for another man.
City Cinema – $10 admission

Saturday, July 21 @ 9:05 pm
Part of our Arthur Hiller weekend with his 1970 film, Love Story, a film by Arthur Miller, which we show Friday (07/20) at 9:05 pm.

The Charlottetown Film Society in collaboration with the NFB of Canada and the City of Charlottetown – Alanis Obomsawin: July 5 – 7 and 12 – 14

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The Charlottetown Film Society in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada and the City of Charlottetown will be holding a free retrospective of six films from ground-breaking indigenous documentarian Alanis Obomsawin: July 5 – 7 and 12 – 14

Obomsawin is one of the most celebrated indigenous filmmakers in the world. Her 1993 documentary “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance,” is widely seen as the authoritative chronicle of the 1990 Oka crisis, in which the Canadian military was engaged in an armed stand-off with Mohawk residents living near a small Quebec town. The film, produced with the National Film Board of Canada, screened around the world and won over a dozen international awards. In all, Obomsawin is the creator of 50 films. Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, has a lengthy list of awards, including an officer of the Order of Canada and a grand officer of the National Order of Québec. She was the subject of a two-week retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008, and in 2016, she was awarded the 2016 Prix Albert-Tessier, Quebec’s highest award for cinema. (The Guardian, PE, July 4, 2018)

Following is the schedule for the Obomsawin retrospective:

Thursday, July 5, 9 p.m.: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993, 119 min)
Friday, July 6, 9 p.m.: Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000, 105 min)
Saturday, July 7, 9 p.m.: Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises (2006, 104 min)

Thursday, July 12, 9 p.m.: Trick or Treaty? (2014, 85 min)
Friday, July 13, 9 p.m.: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016, 163 min)
Saturday, July 14th at 9 p.m.: Our People Will Be Healed (2017, 97 min.)

City Cinema – Admission Free  (Donations)

July 2nd: Anne of Green Gables

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The Charlottetown Film Society Inc., in collaboration with L’Ipéen, is happy to present the earliest surviving film version of the Island beloved novel. (There was a silent version made in 1917, but it is now considered a lost film).

Screenwriter Sam Mintz brings small changes to the novel (Ms. Barry and Rachel Lynde became one character), but the essence of the novel is there.

On the fun fact side, teenage actress Dawn Evelyeen Paris changed her name several times. In this film she is credited under the name of Dawn O’Day, but after the film she legally changed her name to Anne Shirley!

City Cinema – July 2nd at 9:10 pm

Admission $10