This Week in Rep Cinema: The Story of Film Episodes 7 & 8, The Fifth Element, Future Lasts Forever, Jason and the Argonauts, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
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.
There's a lot of learning this week as The Story of Film continues at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and festival fever returns to Toronto with the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, the Pomegranate Film Festival, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and the Brazil Film Festival. Whew! Oh, and the Revue Cinema turns 100 years old this week!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16 / THE STORY OF FILM EPISODES 7 & 8 / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 9:30PM
For the past few weeks, cinephiles have quietly filed into the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema to watch Mark Cousins' 15 episode series about the history of cinema. While some episodes resemble introductory courses, others offer more interesting fare. Episode 7 covers the European New Wave, where you will experience Fellini, Bergman and Pasolini, and learn how their combined influence changed European cinema for the better. Then, Episode 8 ties it back to the sixties in Hollywood and abroad, with influential auteurs such as Polanski (Knife in the Water, Rosemary's Baby) and Tarkovsky (Solaris) Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 / THE FIFTH ELEMENT / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
You can see Bruce Willis on the big screen in Looper this month (seriously, go see it, I highly recommend it) or watch one of his lighter roles in Luc Besson's action-comedy extravaganza The Fifth Element with Willis playing Korben Dallas, a cab driver with a driving record as bad as his his fashion sense. Thrown into a potentially apocalyptic scenario, Dallas is forced to protect a young, scared woman who may be the key to Earth's future... or a highly volatile weapon bent on its destruction. Who knows? The film is screening as part of the CINSSU Free Friday Films series, so there's no excuse not to head on down.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 / FUTURE LASTS FOREVER / REGENT THEATRE / 9:30PM
The Pomegranate Film Festival, a four day celebration of Armenian inspired cinema, turns seven this week. On Friday, two films will be screened at the Regent Theatre, Where Do We Go Now? and Future Lasts Forever, which both debuted at TIFF in 2011, the former being the winner of the People's Choice Award. But it's the latter I'm encouraging you to see, a quiet, melancholic film about a young Turkish music student trying to collect elegies of folk songs while traveling across the plains of Anatolia, witnessing people affected by war, violence and heartache. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 / JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS / REVUE CINEMA / 4PM
The Revue Cinema turns 100 this week and they are hosting a free screening of Hugo on Thursday, as well as a variety of classic films this weekend, including Ray Harryhausen's iconic Jason and the Argonauts. Based on the Greek myth, stop-motion artist and expert Harryhausen made this adaptation one of the best monster films of all time with creative and memorable fight choreography, the most famous of which featured real-life actors battling his creepy, skeletal creations. Tickets can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21 / DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE / REVUE CINEMA / 4:15PM
Silent Sundays at the Revue returns with John Barrymore's take on both titular characters in John S. Robertson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Barrymore wasn't the first, second or even the third actor to attempt these characters, but this is the first feature length adaptation of Robert Lewis Stevenson's novel and probably the most memorable. The film will be supported with live piano accompaniment by William O'Meara, and will feature some short clips of early American horror films. Tickets can be purchased at the cinema.
- Singing in the Rain - Revue Cinema - Fri Oct 19 - 7pm
- Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - Sat Oct 20 - 11:59pm
- Carmen Miranda - Bananas is my Business - Royal Cinema - Sat Oct 20 - 3pm
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Film still from The Fifth Element