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 (https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/the-charlottetown-film-society-15086447032)
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
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, Chronicle, Looper, Midnight Special, Inception and Ready Player One. To mark 30 years since its original release, we will host two screenings of this masterpiece this weekend.
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 EventBrite.ca (https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/the-charlottetown-film-society-15086447032)
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. ”
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
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
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.
“8½” 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