Monsieur Verdoux

This Week in Film: April 3rd 2008


While the Josef von Sternberg program that I mentioned last week still continues at the Cinematheque, tomorrow night they are taking the time to screen the Charlie Chaplin film Monsieur Verdoux. Chaplin stars and directs this 'comedy of murders' about a former bank clerk who self-medicates his bitterness through murder. One of Chaplin's personal favourites, Monsieur Verdoux can be seen tomorrow at 7pm or Sunday at 3pm. Now, from festivals to feminist porn, this week in film continues...

Toronto continues having film festival fever this week, with the previously featured ReelWorld Film Festival and Toronto Singapore Film Festival, to the Images Festival and the continuation of the Cinefranco Film Festival. Be prepared for this and more, because next week is the beginning of Sprockets and Hot Docs is only 2 weeks away.

If you're looking to stay in tonight, CBC's Doc Zone is featuring an interesting documentary titled The Al Qaeda Code, (no relation to DaVinci) about the way the internet and online media are being used to train and recruit youth as terrorists. They make specific mention of the 2006 arrests of a terrorist cell in Toronto, which was primarily made up of teenagers and young men. The documentary can be seen tonight at 9pm on CBC.

CINSSU'S Free Friday Film this week is All the Real Girls, about a womanizer in a small town who falls in love with his best friend's virginal younger sister. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 2003 for director David Gordon Green and actress Patricia Clarkson. The film will be screened at 9pm, after the opening night film of the Toronto Singapore Film Festival, 18 Grams of Love.

On Saturday, the Feminist Porn Awards will have a screening at 9pm at the Revue Cinema. While all the advance tickets have been sold out, there will be some sold for $12 at the door. And although I'm sure this needs no mention, the screening will be only for those 18 and older. On another note, the Revue will also be host to a free screening on Monday at 7pm of Wal*Mart Nation, a doc studying how the most successful American company became the most hated.

Image: Monsieur Verdoux from Allocine


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