Jan.29: King Vidor’s War & Peace

Saturday night, we will show one of the last great examples of Hollywood megalomania of its golden age. Co-produced and shot in Italy, King Vidor’s adaptation of War and Peace, based on Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel, is huge in every way: it staged two of the greatest starts of its time, Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn’s salary of three hundred fifty thousand dollars for this movie was the highest salary an actress had ever received to that date.), it is more than 3 hours (3:28 to be exact, hence the fact that we start the film earlier than our usual schedule) and between 5,000 and 6,000 Italian soldiers played extras (including sixty-five physicians, dressed as soldiers and scattered throughout the location to take care of any extras or stuntmen who might get injured during the filming of the battle scenes).

King Vidor received the last of his five Oscar nominations for the Oscar of Best Director and Jack Cardiff, its cinematographer, won Best Cinematography from the British Society of Cinematographers

Napoleon’s tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

”The film is done on an epic scale, with great sets, wonderful costumes (it received Oscar nominations for both and they were well-earned) and large battles on a grandiose scale.” Nighthawk

”The wonder of the production is that it has maintained cohesiveness and fluidity of story and also has given fullest accent to the size and sweep of Bonaparte’s armies at Austerlitz and Borodino. Life among the Russian aristocracy with its passion for good living and innate respect for the church in time of stress is brought into sharp focus.”  Variety.

Only two movies in our Classic Film Series this week,
Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.

 

Jan. 27: Howl’s Moving Castle

Only two movies in our Classic Film Series this week,
Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.

Friday night and Sunday afternoon, will have two screenings of Howl’s Moving Castle, an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazak (for that, we will pause our sunday Harry Potter series, We will resume it the following Sunday, January 27, with the screening of Harry Potter And the Goblet of Fire.)

Friday it will be shown in Japanese with english subtitles and the Sunday screening will be in english.

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a indulgent yet insecure young wizard. Along for the ride are his companions in his legged, walking castle.

“Admirers of [Hayao Miyazaki’s] work, which is wildly imaginative, emotionally intense and surpassingly gentle, will find much to appreciate in this film because it demonstrates, once again, his visual ingenuity and his sensitivity as a storyteller. For newcomers to his world, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is a fitting introduction to one of modern cinema’s great enchanters.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times wrote.

Jan. 13: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Jan 13, @ 3 pm
Alfonso Cuarón, 2004, 142 min.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

City Cinema: Admission $7

The film, which is the third installment in the Harry Potter film series, was directed by mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.

The story follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him.

Jan. 12: The Decline of the American Empire

The Decline of the American Empire
(Le déclin de l’empire américain)
Jan 12 @ 9:10 pm
Denys Arcand, 1986
Remy Girard, Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman
in french with english subtitles

City Cinema; Admission: $7

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend in the countryside.

The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, nine Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and it was the first Canadian film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

We have changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Jan. 11: Strangers on a Train

 

Strangers on a Train
Jan 11@ 9:10 pm
Alfred Hitchcock, 1951
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker

City Cinema; Admission: $7
Strangers on a Train will be the 100th film of our current ”classic film series” and showing Hitchcock’s best film seemed to be the perfect way to mark the occasion! (or let’s say one of his best if we do not want to create controversy)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder

‘On an overall scale, Strangers on a Train succeeds effortlessly & ingeniously in sustaining its suspenseful atmosphere until the very end and also exhibits the artistic side of its legendary director. It’ll find a high spot whether you put it into the genre of crime, thriller or even film-noir, and with its strong visual themes & motifs, it’ll always remain a fascinating study in the art of filmmaking around the world.” CC

We changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Jan. 9: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Jan 9 @ 9:05 pm
Steven Spielberg, 1984
Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan

City Cinema; Admission $7

It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character.

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India and is asked to find a mystical stone.

We changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)