This Week in Rep Cinema: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, In Darkness, Porco Rosso, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Adaptation
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, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox and more.
Who saw some documentaries at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema this past opening weekend? I've heard great things, but have yet to step into the theatre myself. Maybe I'll see you there at the last screening of Being Elmo this Tuesday. The Ghibli retrospective is in full swing at the Lightbox this week, and now that the Game of Thrones exhibition and March Break are over, it might be a bit less chaotic over there. For everything else, there's This Week in Rep Cinema!
TUESDAY MARCH 20 / THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD / REVUE CINEMA / 6:45PM
The Book Revue strikes again with the fantastic adaptation, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. A slow-burning espionage film about a veteran British spy situated in West Germany nearing the end of his career, Alec Leamas is presented as down on his luck and disgruntled. The perfect target for East German Intelligence officers who want more information about the other side of the wall. Little do they know that Leamas has been given a chance for an important job, to act as a double agent for possibly the last time. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 21 / IN DARKNESS / ROYAL CINEMA / 9PM
Academy Award nominee and Polish/German/Canadian co-production In Darkness is screening at the Royal Cinema this week and the association couldn't be more perfect because the film had its sound created and mixed at the Royal. So you could say the film has come home. A true retelling of a different kind of holocaust story,In Darkness presents Leopold Soha, a thief who hid Jewish refugees for over a year in the sewers during the German occupation of Lvov. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the cinema.
THURSDAY MARCH 22 / PORCO ROSSO / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
One of the more unique films in the Studio Ghibli collection, Porco Rosso is the high-flying story of an Italian WWI air pilot who, for some mysterious reason, developed the face of a humanoid pig after being cursed. The film follows his adventures post WWI, as Porco Rosso works as a bounty hunter chasing air pirates in the Adriatic. Set in an actual historical time-frame, Porco Rosso (without the porcine subplot) could have theoretically happened. An interesting departure for the studio. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY MARCH 23 / BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
Paul Newman and Robert Redford take centre stage in one of the most significant Western films of all time, with Newman as Butch Cassidy, leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang and Sundance Kid as his deadly sidekick. When they hit a string of bad luck with botched robberies, one thing leads to another and the two high-tail it to New York and then Bolivia, continuing their criminal lifestyle. But the older they get, the less appealing it all seems to be. This film screens as part of the Free Friday Films series.
SATURDAY MARCH 24 / ADAPTATION / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 10PM
Yes, the Nic Cage retrospective is still in full swing at the Lightbox with a dose of Kaufman-esque layered narrative. Adaptation is loosely based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, a non-fiction boook about convicted orchid poachers. A tough story to crack, Adaptation is a tale about the ordeal that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman went through while attempting to adapt the original work. The result is a caper of a film, with Nicolas Cage playing both Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin brother Donald as the two trade off their successes in the screenwriting business. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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