This Week in Rep Cinema: Queen of Versailles, Sunset Boulevard, CFC: A World of Shorts, Marnie, Psycho, Wagner & Me
This Week in Rep Cinema features second-run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and more.
The Toronto International Film Festival is a wrap! If you're anything like myself or the other blogTO film writers, you thought to yourself at least once today, "When's my next film?" While a movie may be the furthest thing from your mind, the show must go on! While some theatres are taking a few days off to recover (ahem, TIFF Bell Lightbox) other venues are alive and kicking. We are, however, one theatre down this week, as the Toronto Underground Cinema closed its doors this weekend. Thanks to Nigel, Charlie and Alex for making it a hell of a spot to watch film!
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18 / QUEEN OF VERSAILLES / REVUE & FOX CINEMA / 7PM
Lauren Greenfield didn't quite intend to make a film about real estate debt and the housing crisis when she approached uber-rich housewife Jackie Siegel about filming a documentary about the Siegel's building the "Biggest House in America," but somehow after several years of following the family, that's what she got. A rags-to-riches, to marginally-less riches story unveils as the film turns into more of an emotional family drama than promised from the outset. Tickets can be purchased from the cinemas.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19 / SUNSET BOULEVARD / CINEPLEX / 7PM
Until Sunset Boulevard came around, Hollywood never looked this dark. Gloria Swanson's turn as Norma Desmond was the role that brought the former silent-film star back to the spotlight, it was the film that made William Holden a household name and the film that truly cemented Billy Wilder as a great American director, a title he would continue to prove time and again with future successes The Apartment and Some Like it Hot. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online or at the participating cinemas.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19 / CFC: A WORLD OF SHORTS / BLOOR CINEMA / 5PM
The ever-popular Canadian Film Centre: World of Shorts is back at the Bloor this month with 'Family Ties', a program dedicated to the black sheep, the misfits, and the family who love them. Highlights from this program include I Am Round, the tale of accepting love in all shapes and...shapes, El Macho about two dogs who are forced to bond, and the dark film Curfew, about responsibility and silver linings. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 / MARNIE & PSYCHO / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
This week's Free Friday Film care of the Cinema Studies Union at the University of Toronto is actually a Hitchcock double bill. Pick your thriller about two different blond female thieves and the men who discover their secrets. In Marnie, Tippi Hedren stars as the woman in question, a fraudster and a thief suffering from very specific psychological traumas. In Psycho, Janet Leigh our blonde woman in question, suffers more of a moral dilemma while on the lam, the psychological issues belonging to somebody else entirely. Both screenings are free, Psycho starts at approximately 9:30pm.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 / WAGNER & ME / BLOOR CINEMA / 6:30PM
Actor Stephen Fry explores his obsession with opera composer Richard Wagner, the 'world's most controversial composer.' What's so controversial you might ask? Well, not only was Hitler one of Wagner's biggest fans, the two of them may have had more in common than a well-placed choral piece. Watch as Stephen Fry attempts to reconcile his love for the music of a long-dead composer with his Jewish ancestry, while meeting Wagner's living relatives along the way. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
- Wings of Desire - Bloor Cinema - Sat Sep 22 - 1:30pm
- Taoism Drunkard - Projection Booth - Sat Sep 22 - 10:30pm
- The Big Boss - Projection Booth - Sun Sep 23 - 9:30pm
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