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Date: 2022
Time:
Past show in Nov. 2021
1000 LAFFS COMEDY SHORTS
CHAPLIN/KEATON: VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!
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.
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Date: 2022 tba
Time:
Past Show: Nov 2021 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.
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.  
140min
Accompanist: William O' Meara

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Date: 2022 tba
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Past show: Dec 2021 THE BRILLIANT BIOGRAPH

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.
Special Guest: 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.
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Date: 2022 tba
Past Show: Dec 2021 GALLERY OF MONSTERS 1924 Spain/France
Time:
NEW RESTORATION-CANADIAN PREMIERE
Director: Jaque Catelain
Jaque Catelain, Lois Moran, Jean Murat
 
4K Restoration b/w tinted
Despite 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
90 MIN
Accompanist: Tania Gill

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Date: 2022 tba
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Past Show: Mar. 2022 FILIBUS: THE MYSTERIOUS AIR PIRATE 1915 ITALY
New Restoration-Canadian Premiere
Director: Mario Roncoroni
Christina Ruspoli, Filippo Vallino, Giovanni Spano
 
4K Restoration b/w tinted
Who 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 and Kino-Lorber
 
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 Richard Diamond Foundation & the Academy Archives
90 MIN
Accompaniment: Marilyn Lerner

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Date: 2022 tba
Time:
Past Show: Mar 2022 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 Diva
Restoration by Library of Congress  Film courtesy of Flicker Alley
85 MIN
Accompaniment: Morgan-Paige Melbourne

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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 their current policies. These may be updated periodically to reflect new guidelines. Please check the venue's health and safety guidelines and contact them with any questions.
Health and Safety Protocols at the Revue Cinema and Fox Theatre
 Check for updates on the Revue Cinema  or Fox Theatre websites.
 
Both independant theatres have implemented  plans for the health and safety of staff & customers and asks that everyone do their part by following these guidelines during their visit. Updates will also be available on our website/social media.
 
Please follow all cinema 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.
 
We ask anyone who feels ill not to attend a screening. You will be fully refunded for your Festival Purchase.
 
Starting September 22nd , 2021 and 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. This proof of vaccination must contain your unique QR code.
Please show your paper vaccine receipt or PDF vaccine receipt (available online), along with  ID. Do not send this to us via email prior to festival dates.
Masking Policy
All Festival volunteers and Cinema Staff will be masked. The Cinema 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 .
he 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. For Silent Series screenings at the Fox Theatre, you can purchase in advance from the Fox (we do not directly sell tickets to the screening series) or at the door.
Cinemas are at full capacity. Seating is General Admission
All customers are reminded to try to maintain a distance of two metres between themselves and other customers and staff, when possible.

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.
 
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.
   



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