THE CINEFORUM, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 416-603-6643.
For information on films copy the title and paste in to google. A world of information is out there.
Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
07:00pm: NEW FILM MAKERS. NEW FILMS. “Phlegm: The cinematic works of Jason Hammond featuring Wallace Williams”. A collection of experimental films aimed to be a cinematic experience, a reflection of life rather than a reflection of other films. Using the structure of dreams, nightmares, drug trips and memories, instead of three act structure or traditional story telling. Featuring original score by experimental musician Wallace Williams as well as two short films by Daniel Sheahan; “Test” & “Untitled”. Also featuring music by; Set Fire To Flames, The Swans, Radiohead, Philip Glass, Popul Vuh, Flying Lotus & Jasper Tx.
09:00pm: NEW MUSICIANS: NEW MUSIC: Chyps, a percussively emphasized musical ensemble.
11:55pm: WHAT I EXPERIENCED WITH LSD [Lucifer’s Satanic Delight] (2014) Reg Hartt.
Sunday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
5pm: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]
7pm: OZ DARKSIDE [THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) presented to Pink Floyd’s DARKSIDE OF THE MOON].
9pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU (1922) to music from RADIOHEAD’s KID A & OK COMPTER)
Monday, November 3, 10, 17, 24,.
5pm: THE HISTORY OF 3-D FROM 1894 TO NOW.
7pm: Toronto Premiere: DRAGONFLY SQUADRON 3-D (1954) Lesley Seleander. Presented in Association with THE 3-D FILM ARCHIVE.
9pm: Toronto Premiere: INFERNO 3D (1953) Roy Ward Baker. Presented in Association with THE 3-D FILM ARCHIVE.
For information on these great restorations go here: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com.
Additionally go to THE HISTORY OF 3-D in links as well as MY TORONTO IN 3-D for my films.–Reg Hartt.
Tuesday, November 4, 11, 18, 25.
5pm: DAVID WARK GRIFFITH: THE BIOGRAPH YEARS (Different program each week).
7pm: David Wark Griffith: THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) Rescored by Reg Hartt. The people who score silent films do it for the go to church Sunday morning crowd. I score them for the people who go out Saturday night and who never go to church on Sunday. They are more demanding.
Wednesday, November 5, 12, 19, 26.
7pm: TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995) Agnieszka Holland. Based on letters and poems, it presents a historically accurate account of the passionate and violent relationship between the two 19th century French poets Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio), at a time of soaring creativity for both of them. Now regarded as a mistake in his career path, this is the best film DiCaprio has done.
9pm: LIVE: WARRIOR POETS. Hot new poet Jordon, hot young poet Stedmond Purdy (sometimes) join Reg Hartt who will read from the work of Rimbaud, Verlaine, Beaudelaire and you if you bring your poems.
Thursday, November 6,
Mackenzie Presents Silent Films From The Reg Hartt Archive.
6: 00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 1.
7: 00: WHERE THE NORTH BEGINS (1923) Chester M. Franklin. Rin Tin Tin.
9: 00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part 1.
9:30: LON CHANEY: TELL IT TO THE MARINES (1926) George Hill. With William Haines.
Thursday, November 13,
6:00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 2.
7:00: KENO BATES LIAR (1915) Written, Directed by and starring William S. Hart.
7:30: SAND (1920) Lambert Hillyer. William S. Hart.
9:00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part 2.
9:30: LON CHANEY: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) Wallace Worsely.
Thursday, Nov. 20,
Mackenzie Presents Silent Films From The Reg Hartt Archive.
6:00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 3.
7:00: A GIRL IN EVERY PORT (1928) Howard Hawks. Louise Brooks, Victor McLaglen.
9:00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part Two.
9:30: LON CHANEY: MOCKERY (1927) Benjamin Christsensen.
Thursday, Nov. 27.
6:00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 4.
6:45: BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) William A. Wellman. Louise Brooks.
9:00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part 4.
9:30: LON CHANEY: THE BLACKBIRD (1926) Tod Browning.
THE CINEFORUM was created as a school for those who choose to use it at its best. We have a huge archive of rare soundtrack cds, dvds, Blu-rays, books and magazines. “Film students should stay as far away from film schools and film teachers as possible. The only school for the cinema is the cinema. The best cinema is the Paris Cinematheque. The best teacher is Henri Langlois.”-Bernardo Bertolucci.
Henri Langlois quotes:
“An art form requires genius. People of genius are always troublemakers, meaning they start from scratch, demolish accepted norms and rebuild a new world. The problem with cinema today is the dearth of troublemakers. There’s not a rabble-rouser in sight. There was still one, but he went beyond troublemaker to court jester. He clobbered the status quo. That’s Godard. We’re fresh out of “bad students.” You’ll find students masquerading as bad ones, but you won’t find the real article, because a genuine bad student upends everything.”
“One must save everything and buy everything. Never assume you know what’s of value.””
“There are cinéphiles and cinéphages. Truffaut is a cinéphile. A cinéphage – a film nerd – sits in the front row and writes down the credits. But if you ask him whether it’s good, he’ll say something sharp. But that’s not the point of movies: to love cinema is to love life, to really look at this window on the universe. It’s incompatible with note-taking!”
THE CINEFORUM is for bad students.
Young film makers are welcome to present their work here.
Please, stay out of film schools. For more on that read David Mamet‘s books TRUE AND FALSE and BAMBI VS. GODZILLA. Writes Mamet, “Invent nothing. Deny nothing. Stand up. Speak up. Stay out of school.”
I am with him. We are not alone. Some damn fine people are with us:
“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required to be a serious artist. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.
“It is good taste not bad taste which is the enemy.”-Pablo Picasso/Salvador Dali.
“The function of the artist is to disturb. His duty is to arouse the sleeper, to shake the complacent pillars of the world. He reminds the world of its dark ancestry, and shows the world its present and points the way to its new birth. He is at once the product and preceptor of his times.”-Norman Bethune.
“You have no need that any man should teach you.”-1 John 2:27.
“He who without the Muse’s madness in his soul comes knocking at the door of poesy and thinks that art will make him anything fit to be called a poet, finds that the poetry which he indites in his sober senses is beaten hollow by the poetry of madmen.”-Plato.
“We only really learn in conversation after sex.”–Judith Merril.
“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very great mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.”–Albert Einstein.
“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.”–George Bernard Shaw.
“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”– Bertrand Russell.
“School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”–Ivan Illich.
“We get three educations. The first is from our parents; the second is from our schoolmasters. The third is from life. The last makes liars of the first two.”–Montesquieu.
“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge.
But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs whose books, from her first, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CITIES to her last, DARK AGE AHEAD, are
“Stay out of school.”–John Taylor Gatto.
When I was 17 my high school principal called me into his office. “You have entirely the wrong attitude. If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks!” he roared. Had I not left I would have starved.
THE CINEFORUM is about more than just movies.
If you do not know who these people are google their names. The world does.