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

Aug 18: Princess Mononoke

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Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 134 min)
Sat. Aug 18, 9:00 p.m
Sun. Aug 19, 9:00 p.m.

A lot of people have asked us to present some Japanese animation films … so from now on, we will try to program at least one per month … This month, we will start with Princess Mononoke and we will present it for two nights: this Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 pm.

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony.

”Miyazaki folds a host of timely, hot-button issues into his tale: the plight of indigenous people and nature in the face of unchecked business interests, the death of spirituality in the name of social progress, misogyny in its many manifestations. Princess Mononoke is a Zeitgeist potpourri, strung with late-20th-century fear and anxiety.” ERNEST HARDY – LA Weekly

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 or online on (

Aug 17: A Clockwork Orange


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A Clorkwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971, 135 min)
Fri. Aug 17, 9:00 p.m.
Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

Originally, we had planned to screen 2001: A Space Odyssey to mark the 50th anniversary of its release, but Warner Bros. is preventing us from doing it, because there will be an “Anniversary Print” coming out soon. Following a survey we did on our facebook page, we will present another Kubrick movie instead: A Clorkwork Orange.

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn’t go as planned.

‘’ One of the first things that will strike anyone watching A Clockwork Orange today is how thoroughly modern it looks. If not for the presence of the youthful face of established thespian Malcolm McDowell, one could be forgiven the assumption that the movie was made far more recently than 1971. A Clockwork Orange is in no way dated, and the issues it addresses are as urgent today as they were three decades ago.’’ James Berardinelli

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 or online on (

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.