Casablanca at Christie Pits Film Festival

An essential entry in our summer-long “Cinematic Cities” programme! “Moonlight and love songs, never out of date”, sings a character from the classic romance-adventure film CASABLANCA. As time goes by, the film’s quotable one-liners still draw audiences to WWII-era Casablanca, a city overrun by Nazis, outlaws, and a few good people desperate for a way out. But despite the city’s roughness, it also becomes a place for hope, romance and beautiful friendship, in true Old Hollywood style.

Like CASABLANCA, THE GOOD ESCAPE also features “a case of do or die.” Local filmmaker Nadia Litz fictionalizes the capture in Toronto’s historic Winter Garden Theatre. Shot in a film noir style, this short depicts the notorious bank robber’s last moments watching Clark Gable, as a nearby chatty couple ponder the cruelty of life, failed love, and the hope for a happy ending. This evening is an homage to outlaws, femmes fatales, unforgiving towns, and Classical Hollywood Cinema.

Films @ Sundown (9:15pm)
Eats & Treats @ 6pm by Mustache Burger, The Pop Stand, Empress Coffee & popcorn at the festival canteen

Free / PWYC (suggested donation $10), not a ticketed event
Accessible venue 
Feature films are screened with captioning
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CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
With short film 
THE GOOD ESCAPE (Nadia Litz, 2013, Canada) | 

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