We've missed you
The Toronto Silent Film Festival welcomes back audiences this fall. But, like with everything since early March of 2020, things have changed and so we've changed the way we're presenting our long postponed festival.
Instead of our usual Friday to Monday festival, we're presenting 3 MINI FESTIVALS on weekends at the Revue Cinema. There'll be only 1 screening per day, all screenings in the afternoon and we're stretching it out over 3 weekends (November and December 2021 and early January 2022) for a total of 6 programmes.
PLEASE GO TO THE PASS/TICKET INFO PAGE FOR DETAILS RELATING TO CURRENT HOLDERS OF 2020 PASSES/TICKETS
FOR NEW PURCHASES PLEASE SEE FILMS BELOW
- All tickets MUST be purchased in advance. There will be no sales at the door. Eventbrite or PayPal
- There is one change to the lineup-The Brilliant Biograph has been added. A series of 68mm films restored by the EYE Filmmuseum and BFI. This replaces Outside the Law.
Health and Safety Protocols at the Revue Cinema are well covered on their website but we have also placed on ours. It will be updated on a regular basis. The Festival 100% supports their efforts to keep their staff and audience members as safe as possible. They've gone to extraordinary lengths to come up with a workable plan--they even replaced their HVAC system for better ventilation. Please acquaint yourself with it before arriving. If you have further questions on their covid protocols, please contact the Revue. CLICK here to read the full details.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th
1000 LAFFS COMEDY SHORTS
CHAPLIN/KEATON: VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!
LOW TICKET ALERT!
Introduced by Chris Seguin
Accompaniment by Jordan Klapman
Two comedy geniuses, two different backgrounds, two entirely idiosyncratic approaches. Discover how Charlie and Buster each explore similar themes in their own vastly singular ways.
One A.M. The Play House
My Wife's Relations The Immigrant
BUY TICKETS $16.00 Regular $13.00 Senior/Student
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7th
MOULIN ROUGE 1928 UK
Director: E A Dupont
Move over Baz Luhrmann-you ain’t seen nothing yet!
In the sparkling 1920s City of Lights, anything goes. This lavishly exuberant British production by German expressionist pioneer E A Dupont (Varieté –TSFF2012) and Art Director Alfred Junge (future Oscar winner for Black Narcissus 1947) recreates the blazing glamour of the world’s most decadent cabaret. They even went so far as to rent the famous club and the entire cast of its Paris-New York Revue for the production.
At the Moulin Rouge, everyone worships at the feet of the alluring diva Parysia (played to the hilt by Russian-German screen sensation Olga Tschechowa) including André, her daughter’s faithless fiancé. But the corrupt love triangle, beset by lust and obsession, comes crashing down with devastating consequences.
Accompanist: William O' Meara
BUY TICKETS $16.00
SATURDAY DECEMBER 4th
THE BRILLIANT BIOGRAPH
THIS PROGRAMME REPLACES OUTSIDE THE LAW
Newly Restored 68mm films from the extensive collections of Eye Filmmuseum and the British Film Institute.
This truly is time travelling for audiences back to 120 years ago. The essence of early cinema capturing some of the first moving images of London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Venice--everyday scenes, famous locations, the people, their lives...
See for yourself why the world became enchanted with the moving image. Over 50 short films make up this programme.
The Mutoscope and Biograph Collection is not only the oldest film collection held at Eye Filmmuseum, it is the world's largest collection (over 200 rare films made between 1897 and 1902) of this type. Even more extraordinary, these films were photographed on unique large format 68mm Mutograph cameras, resulting in images of extraordinarily high-resolution images.
This screening will utilize Composer Daan van den Hurk specially recorded score.
"These one-minute time capsules from 120 years ago still convey some of the richest and sharpest images that film can achieve.
Funding from the European Commission’s ‘European Tribute to Film Heritage’ program allowed for the high quality 8k digitisation of 50 selected films from the Eye and BFI collections.
Produced by Frank Roumen of EYE Filmmuseum in cooperation with the BFI National Archive and with the support of the European Commission."
This is an absolute MUST SEE on the big screen and we're grateful for support from the EYE Filmmuseum to bring you this extraordinary film event.
JUST ADDED: Early film expert and Ryerson professor, Louis Pelletier, will be introducing the programme. Plus, we also screening a short film from the EYE Filmmuseum on the restoration of the films.
Louis Pelletier holds a PhD from Concordia University, where he completed a dissertation on film exhibition and distribution in Montreal in the first half of the twentieth century. He currently teaches film history and film preservation at X University and Université de Montréal, collaborates to the international research partnership on film technology Technès, and sits on the executive committee of the international society for the study of early cinema Domitor. He is also researcher in residence at Cinémathèque québécoise.
Advance Tickets only-Eventbrite will be open to 4pm, PayPal will be offline between Noon and 1pm on Nov 4
BUY TICKETS $16.00
GALLERY OF MONSTERS 1924 Spain/France
NEW RESTORATION-CANADIAN PREMIERE
Director: Jaque CatelainJaque Catelain, Lois Moran, Jean Murat
4K Restoration b/w tintedDespite the lurid title, this isn’t a horror film. Virtually unknown and unseen for decades, this beautifully photographed, at times spectacular, production follows two star-crossed lovers who flee their world to join a travelling circus. But all the glitter of the limelight and cheering crowds mask a much more dangerous reality closing in on them as they discover the real monsters are not their fellow sideshow performers.
Producer Marcel L’Herbier (L’Inhumaine-TSFF2017) persuaded his star from that film to both direct and act. You’ll notice overtones that will be utilized years later in Conrad Veidt's The Man Who Laughs 1928 and a foretelling use of the powerful dynamics found in Tod Browning's Freaks. This gorgeous new restoration by Lobster Films showcases the creative confidence, sophisticated editing and surreal avant-garde touches common in European mid 1920s European productions. A real undiscovered gem of European filmmaking.Restoration by Lobster Films Film courtesy of Flicker Alley
Accompanist: Tania Gill
BUY TICKETS $16.00 Advance Tickets Only. Eventbrite will remain open until 4pm, PayPal will close for sales between Noon and 1pm on Nov. 5th
SATURDAY JANUARY 8th
FILIBUS: THE MYSTERIOUS AIR PIRATE 1915 ITALY
New Restoration-Canadian Premiere
Director: Mario RoncoroniChristina Ruspoli, Filippo Vallino, Giovanni Spano
4K Restoration b/w tintedWho is Filibus? The mysterious Filibus is the “feminist steampunk jewel thief cross-dressing aviatrix” in a lighthearted, delightfully mad, serial type thriller, similar to Feuillade’s Les Vampires in style. Produced by a small studio in Turin and shot on the Italian Riviera, it’s a fun, sassy romp through numerous tropes.
Our feminist super villain, bent on stealing jewels, enters into a cat and mouse duel of wits and bravado with the true blue detective out to stop her cold! Yes, there are private airships involved! Penned by future science fiction writer Giovanni Bertinetti, this deliriously insane thriller is delightfully mad and thoroughly entertaining. Yes, it's as much fun as it sounds.
Restoration by EYE Filmmuseum
Film courtesy of Milestone Films
Plus: Discover ALOHA WANDERWELL Before there was a Laura Croft or an Indiana Jones there was a Canadian born teenager whose real life exploits are the stuff of legend. Catch a glimpse of her globe-trotting adventures who became the first woman to drive across the world in a car.
Film Clips courtesy of the Peter Diamond Foundation & the Academy Archives
Accompaniment: Marilyn Lerner
SUNDAY JANUARY 9TH
CHILDREN OF DIVORCE 1927 USA
Director: Frank Lloyd, Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)
Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper
Clara Bow stars in an all too rare dramatic role as a tragic jazz age flapper and her real life lover, Gary Cooper has his first leading man role.
“Kitty (Clara Bow) wrestles with a legacy of neglect. She tries to beat society at its own arbitrary game, to grasp happiness by deceit. She loses. Wounded by a lonely childhood and misguided by her mother, Kitty comes to recognize her youthful freedom for what it was: a chimera. Just as the collective trauma of WWI gave rise to the anything-goes culture of the 1920s, Kitty’s traumatic childhood cultivated her fatal combination of wildness, cynicism, and naïveté. In contrast to her upbeat, triumphant flapper in It, Bow proved herself a great dramatic actress as the haunted flapper. Through her character’s downward spiral, Bow captured the Jazz Age tragedy so beautifully articulated by an admirer of hers, F. Scott Fitzgerald: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”-Nora Fiore aka Nitrate DivaRestoration by Library of Congress Film courtesy of Flicker Alley
85 MINAccompaniment: Morgan-Paige Melbourne
HEALTH & SAFETY AT THE CINEMA
The Festival will be following all health and safety protocols set out by the venue (The Revue Cinema for the Festival and the Fox Theatre for the Screening Series) in accordance to the Ontario Government's listed regulations for indoor events. These may be updated periodically to reflect new guidelines. Please check the venue's health and safety guidelines.
Health and Safety Protocols at the Revue Cinema
Check for updates on the Revue Cinema website.
The Revue has implemented this plan for the health and safety of staff & customers and asks that everyone do their part by following these guidelines during their visit. This is a living document and will be updated to reflect the most current guidelines from the local and provincial government. Updates will also be available on our website/social media.
Please follow all Revue Staff instructions. They are trained in these safety protocols and here to keep everyone as safe as possible. Verbal abuse of staff or Festival volunteers will not be tolerated.
Starting September 22nd until further notice, all Ontario residents will need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter cinemas as part of the provincial government’s vaccine certificate programme. Everyone over the age of 12 years will be required to show that they received both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior in order to enter.
Contact Tracing is required. Advance ticket holders will automatically have their emails listed for contact.
All Festival volunteers and Revue Staff will be masked. The Revue Staff have been directed to remind customers to keep their masks on when in public areas.
All attendees must wear a mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin throughout the building-including entrance vestibule, lobby, washrooms, cinema auditorium . Masks may be removed for eating and drinking only if you are seated in the auditorium. Please be aware that eating and drinking are not permitted in the lobby. This rule also applies to children over the age of two.
If you do not have a mask with you, you will be given one at the theatre, free of charge. The Festival will also have free of charge masks available for those who forget.
Cinema Capacity and Distancing
The Festival requires all tickets to be purchased online in advance. There will be no purchases at the cinema.
The Revue is operating at 50% capacity. Maximum of 110 will be permitted per screening.
All customers are asked to maintain a distance of two metres between themselves and other customers and staff, when possible.
All customers are asked to maintain a distance of two metres between themselves and other customers and staff, when possible.
Reserved seating is currently required to allow for distancing between groups. Seating plans will be available at the theatre at point of entry.
To ensure there is no crowding between screenings, all customers must line up outside the theatre for their screening. Customers are asked to arrive no earlier than 45 minutes before their screening time. Each group of customers will be guided into the theatre when it is their turn in line. Customers are asked to come prepared for any weather so they can comfortably wait outside.
Customers are asked to follow the social distancing stickers throughout the building, to ensure spacing in lineups at the box office, bathrooms and concession stand. Only two persons are permitted in each bathroom at a time.
No loitering in the theatre is permitted. Due to limited space, no customers are allowed to wait in the lobbies for their screening.
Customers are asked to leave the theatre immediately after their screening to allow time for the staff to clean the theatre and discourage crowding in the building.
Screening and Contact Tracing
This policy will also apply to all Festival Volunteers
All staff are required to complete the Ontario COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces when they arrive at the theatre for their shift to ensure they are symptom-free and have had no exposure to COVID-19. They are also encouraged to monitor for symptoms at home and alert management if they are feeling ill prior to leaving home for other arrangements to be made. They are finally encouraged to download the COVID alert app.
- If a staff member becomes ill while at work, they are to tell management and will be sent home. They must monitor their symptoms, check in with their health provider or Telehealth Ontario and update management.
- Screening questions are posted on the front doors for customers to self-screen before entering the building. If they are experiencing any symptoms, they should not enter the building and can contact the theatre to refund their tickets.
- If a customer begins to feel sick during their time at the theatre, they are asked to alert management for assistance. They will receive a full refund for their tickets and are asked to leave the theatre.
More Information about the Revue’s additional precautions
- The Revue replaced its HVAC system with two brand new units in June 2021, helping to improve the air quality throughout the building.
· Plexiglass shields have been installed at the customer-facing areas at the box office and near the POS at the concession stand.
· Hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the building, including at the box office, concession stand, and in both bathrooms.
· Signage about proper hand washing is posted in both bathrooms and at the concession stand.
· Staff will ensure there is sufficient paper, soap and hand sanitizer throughout the building at all times.
· Staff will be trained on proper cleaning and sanitizing along with distancing procedures.
· Staff have increased cleaning, including frequent and thorough cleaning of high touch points such as door handles, POS terminals, counters and bathrooms at the start of the day and between shows.