July/August 2009 Events
Burning Passions Theatre presents Candida, George Bernard Shaw's classic romantic comedy about love's eternal triangle. Performances Tuesday to Friday at 7:15pm, Saturdays at 4:15pm, Sundays at 1:15pm; $10 tickets. Visit here or here for more information, or call 416.966.1062.
Monday July 6
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: The Scarlet Claw (1944, 74 min. Directed by Roy William Neill, withBasil Rathbone andNigel Bruce.) Only a plea from a dead woman can wrestle Holmes away from a Royal Canadian Occult Society meeting to unmask the phantom murderer terrorizing a Québec village. By far the best of the Sherlock Holmes series. Followed by I Confess (1953, 95 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter.) A young priest harbouring his own secrets hears a murderer's confession only to be framed instead for the crime. Can he save himself or will his vows of silence doom him? Filmed in Québec City. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday July 13
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Journey into Fear (1943, 69 min. Directed by Norman Foster, with Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, and Dolores Del Rio.) With Nazi agents closing in on him, a US engineer attempts to flee by boarding a ship, only to find out his pursuers are on board as well. A taut, well-made thriller. Followed by 5 Fingers (1952, 108 min. Directed by Joseph Mankeiwicz, withJames Mason and Danielle Darrieux.) The brainy and overly ambitious valet of the British ambassador to Turkey finances his "early" retirement plan by selling secrets to the Nazis. Betrayal and counter-betrayal builds to a climax of delicious irony. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday July 20
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Young and Innocent (1937, 80 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Derrick de Marney and Nova Pilbeam.) Hitchcock combines classic thriller techniques with his trademark black humour in this adaptation of the Josephine Tey novel about a young girl helping a runaway man prove his innocence. Echoes of The 39 Steps occur throughout. Followed by The Franchise Affair (1952, 88 min. Directed by Lawrence Huntington, with Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray.) Based on another of Tey's great novels, an initially reluctant lawyer takes on a strange case of kidnapping and abuse, despite a village's increasing rancour. Rarely seen. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday July 27
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Gaslight (1940, 84 min. Directed by Thorold Dickinson, withAnton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard.) This gripping psychological thriller exposes dark Machiavellian roots as an emotionally fragile wife is slowly being driven insane by her husband. The electric tension in this, the UK original, overpowers the glossier 1944 MGM remake. Followed by Dragonwyck (1945, 103 min. Directed by Joseph Mankeiwicz, with Gene Tierney and Vincent Price.) In his directorial debut, Mankeiwicz paints a dandy gothic tale of a naive young woman who is swept up into the secret desires and undertows of her cousin's family. Richly textured with outstanding photography and a haunting score. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Thursday July 30
The Toronto Video Activist Collective presents The Best of VideoActive, a compilation of the very best direct-action short videos from the seminal VideoActive video zine. Doors 7 pm; start time 7:30pm. Admission $5, or free with purchase of a DVD ($20). Visit here for more information.
Thursday August 6
Dorkshelf.com presents a free screening of Visioneers at 8pm. A special screening of Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion follows at 9:30pm. Visit here for more information.
Monday August 10
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Dressed to Kill (1941, 74 min. Directed by Eugene Forde, with Lloyd Nolan and William Demarest). Hardboiled P.I. Max Shayne tries to soothe his impatient fiancée and deal with troublesome police while searching for links between a series of theatrical murders. Followed by Black Angel (1946, 80 min. Directed by Roy William Neill, with Dan Duryea and June Vincent). An alcoholic piano player attempts to wade through the booze-laden fog swirling around the night his ex-wife was killed. Can he solve the mystery before the clock runs out for an innocent man? Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday August 17
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: The Miami Story (1954, 75 min. Directed by Fred F. Sears, with Barry Sullivan with Beverly Garland). You know Miami's tax dollars are being well spent when civic leaders hire ex-gangster Mick Flagg to tackle and bring down the local crime boss. But old habits die hard, and the politicians get a bit nervous about his means to an end. Followed by: Warning Shot (1967, 99 min. Directed by Buzz Kulik, with David Janssen and Ed Begley). A stakeout goes horribly wrong for a LAPD cop when he shoots a saintly doctor. The action never stops as he chases the ever-elusive truth to clear his name. This forgotten gem features a stellar supporting cast including Lillian Gish, Eleanor Parker, George Sanders, and Carroll O'Connor. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday August 24
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Sabotage (1936, 76 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka). This layered, visually powerful edge-of-your-seat thriller is arguably Hitch's best UK film. As a cinema owner plots to set off a bomb in London, his wife's growing suspicions begin to unveil his monstrous secret life. The tension mounts to a Shakespearean ending brimming with irony. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel, The Secret Agent. Followed by The Trouble with Harry (1955, 99 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Edmund Gwenn and Shirley MacLaine). Unease lies beneath the joviality and colourful fauna of New England as the irrepressible corpse of Harry causes all sorts of dilemmas for the peaceful inhabitants. Another little seen, offbeat black comedy from the master. Visit here for more film and ticket information.