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Jud Süss, Theresienstadt, Kurt Gerron’s Karussell, The Feuhrher Gives The Jews A City, Harlan, In the Shadow The Jew Suess

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Reg Hartt’s Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Across From The Beer Store. 416-603-6643.  This program is open only to friends of Reg Hartt. Not yet a friend of Reg Hartt? It is time to become one. “Jane Jacobs was a friend of Reg Hartt. I am a friend of Reg Hartt.”–Joe Fiorito, TORONTO STAR.

Kurt Gerron: MACK THE KNIFE from THE THREEPENNY OPERA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWPvx1KPA9Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK7Eu9Vxadk

MEMORY OF THE CAMPS (1945) A film by Alfred Hitchcock. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3vv81v

-Jud-Süss-aka-The-Jew-Suss Jud_Suess_3 Jud_Süß judsuss_pppa5pm: Jud Süss (1940) Veit Harlan. The most successful anti-Semitic film the Nazi’s ever made. This is the film Hitler used to brainwash Germany into hating Jews. Heinrich Himmler made it compulsory viewing for the police and the SS. On August 18, 1940, after screening the final cut of the film Jud Süss, Goebbels wrote in his diary:  “An anti-Semitic film of the kind we could only wish for. I am happy about it”. Jud Süss was the most notorious yet most successful anti-Semitic feature film ever made. 

Jud Süss was launched at the Venice Film Fesitival in September 1940, to extraordinary acclaim; it recieved the “Golden Lion” award and rave reviews. The film’s popular success was overwhelming, the Bielefeld SD reported on October 15, 1940: “Now it surpasses all expectations. No film has yet succeeded in having such an impact on wide segments of the public. Even people who rarely attend the cinema don’t want to miss this film.”

http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/holoprelude/judsuss.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032653/ .

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.677250

7pm: HOLOCAUST: THERESIENSTADT (2005) Irmgard von zur Mühlen. The top “show camp” that the Nazis used to deceive the world from the true atrocities that were unfolding behind-the-scenes during World War II is explored in this release showcasing the horrors that unfolded at Theresienstadt. A small, Czechoslovakian fortress town that served as the transit point for thousands of European Jews heading for death camps in the east, Theresienstadt was originally advertised as an “end camp” where weary Jews would finally be able to rest at the “Reich Home for the Aged.” The reality, however, couldn’t be further from the truth, and after signing away their properties and earthly possessions to the S.S., the Jews momentarily housed in Theresienstadt were quickly shipped to eastern death camps for extermination. The ruse was so convincing that it not only hoodwinked the thousands of unsuspecting Jews who arrived there, but the Danish and International Red Cross delegation assigned to review the so-called “Jewish Settlement” as well. Introduced By Simon Wiesenthal.

kurt_gerrons_karussel8pm: Kurt Gerron’s Karussell (1999) Ilona Ziok. “In a small theatre in Berlin in the summer of 1928, the curtain rose on a bare stage, the spotlight falling on the actor and singer Kurt Gerron.  As his large body moved in time to the music of a small orchestra, his voice boomed out:

Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jack-knife has old MacHeath, babe
And he keeps it … ah … out of sight ….

“This was the opening night of one of the greatest theatrical productions of the twentieth century, Kurt Weill, and Bertolt Brecht’s Three Penny Opera. This was also to be a great moment for Gerron himself, cast as police chief Brown, famously nicknamed Tigerbrown.  The initial shock with which the play was greeted rapidly transformed into enthusiasm.  The crowd demanded encores, and ‘Mack the Knife’ was to become one of the greatest songs of the Weimar stage.  Fourteen years later, Kurt Gerron was to sing those famous lines one last time, this time before a movie camera and a circle of Nazi officials.  In Theresienstadt, for a propaganda movie made by Gerron himself under orders of the SS, for a last time the original Tigerbrown belted out the story of murder and terror in a German town – before he, too was shipped to Auschwitz, another of the countless actors, musicians and entertainers lost to Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’.

“A cabaret artist, theatre and film actor and important director of theatre and early sound movies, Kurt Gerron was one of the most successful entertainers of the 1920s and early 1930s.  Born on 11 May 1897 to a middle-class Berlin Jewish family, his father was a confectioner, and his mother a housewife and educator of their only son.  After serving in World War I, Gerron decided to study medicine, and was a supporter of the leftist November revolution.  After completing medical school in 1920, he decided instead to dedicate himself to acting, convinced that ‘doctors and actors have something in common: the observation of people’.  A year later, he joined Trude Hesterberg’s cabaret ‘Wild Stage’, the first in a long line of illustrious cabaret groups that he joined.  Soon after that he met and married Olga Meyer, with whom he had a life-long relationship.  In 1926 he began a tumultuous working relationship with Bertolt Brecht, and frequently performed with his friend Willy Rosen, writing anti-Nazi or socialist-influenced skits.

“1927 saw Gerron’s first film role, with film taking on an increasing importance in his career: that year alone he took part in more than 20 films. After the success of Three Penny Opera, he became increasingly well known, by the early 1930s having established a reputation as a movie director; he was also cast in the 1930 classic Blue Angel, the movie that started Marlene Dietrich’s career.  Wealthy and successful, Gerron lived well in Berlin in the early 1930s, refusing to acknowledge the growing danger of the Nazi Party, though he staged political theatre explicitly mocking Hitler and the SA (Brownshirts).

“As soon as the Nazi party came to power, Gerron’s career came to an end in Germany.  Forced to break off work on his current film, he went into exile, first in Paris for two years, and then in Vienna.   Austria was increasingly under Nazi control, however, and in October, 1935 Gerron and his wife moved to the Netherlands, a popular destination for many German refugees because of linguistic and cultural similarities, as well as a relatively generous policy toward German and Austrian immigrants.  In particular, these Hitler-refugees went to work re-invigorating the Dutch film industry.  A record number of movies was made in Holland between 1934-1940, many under Gerron’s direction.

“When Germany finally occupied the Netherlands in May 1940 there were thousands of émigré Jews there, and one of the strongest resistance movements in occupied Europe.  The Nazis, however, were able to rapidly crush the resistance, and the Jews of Holland began to be targeted and deported as they had been in Germany and eastern Europe.  During the early years of occupation, however, German policy was relatively lenient, and Jews were allowed to pursue entertainment and theatre performances.  Here, as in 1920s Berlin, Gerron was involved in émigré German cabaret, performing with old acquaintances including Max Ehrlich, Eva Busch, Camilla Spira and Rudolf Nelson.  Gerron was also one of the few German émigrés allowed to appear in Dutch theatre pieces, as he had mastered the language.  The respite came to an end on 20 September 1943, when Gerron was sent to Westerbork with his family.

“Arriving at Westerbork relatively late, he was quickly incorporated into the already successful cabaret group, for their third performance in October.  (This was to be the actress Camilla Spira’s final show).  He composed and performed a solo piece shortly after arriving, but soon thereafter, in late February 1944, he and his wife were sent to Theresienstadt, where he was considered to be a ‘privileged Jew’ due to his fame and his military service.  The Czech ‘show camp’ was to offer the final stage of Gerron’s career.  When he arrived, it was in the process of a beautification program in preparation for a visit by the Danish Red Cross; Gerron and his wife were assigned an apartment, and he was given a part in the local cabaret, soon receiving permission to found his own, named ‘Karussell’.  His cabaret was a success, popular with the SS and the camp commander. The program included songs from Three Penny Opera, French and Yiddish songs, and songs composed by the many musicians imprisoned with Gerron in Theresienstadt.

“The success of the Nazi deception of the Red Cross encouraged the next, even more perverse plan: a propaganda film about life in the camp.  Of course Gerron, one of the best-known German directors before 1933, was the obvious choice for film-maker. At every moment of filming the SS was there, controlling discussions between actors, staff and director.  Gerron and the other workers were never given a copy of the script, nor were they ever allowed to see the film that was being shot.  He would simply be told what was to filmed next, and expected to produce it.  One of the few survivors of the film-making remembered the impossibility of the situation, as the SS ordered Gerron to shoot a scene of Jews laughing uproariously at a theatre performance.  The Jews, understandably, had no desire to laugh.  Terrified of the consequences of disobedience, ‘bathed in sweat, Gerron urged us, implored us, begged for discipline, for us to follow orders, absolutely … and he began a contagious, irresistible laugh, during which he wobbled his fat belly, so that we really had to laugh, even though the situation for him and for us was anything but funny … Thus he stood before us, pale, sweaty, laughing loudly, with a wobbling belly.  And thus they filmed peals of laughter from three thousand cheerful country-dwellers enjoying their glorious summer variety show.’

“The film also included scenes from his cabaret, and his final August performance of ‘Mack the Knife’.  Gerron, his wife Olga, and all the others who had worked on the film were transported to Auschwitz in the October transports, and the movie was completed, edited and cut without the presence of the director.  Former inmate Vlasta Schön remembers his disbelief at being on that fatal list, standing ‘at the ramp. The train was ready to leave.  Gerron fell on his knees and asked for permission to stay.  He said “I made this movie for you!”  The SS boots kicked him inside the wagon.’  Kurt Gerron was killed on 15 November.

“The actor and director’s long and distinguished career was largely overshadowed by the controversy over his final film: he was criticised for betraying his people, and for being the main force behind this propaganda.  More recently, however, he has begun to be remembered for his remarkable life and contribution to Germany’s cultural legacy.  In 1999, a full-length documentary movie was made about him by Ilona Ziok, titled Kurt Gerron’s Karussell, and there has been increasing interest in his films and songs.”  http://holocaustmusic.ort.org/places/camps/western-europe/westerbork/gerronkurt/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192218/

8957768_1272936164759pm: THE FUEHRER GIVES THE JEWS A CITY (1944) Kurt Gerron. This film exists today in only fragmentary form. Seeing it after having watched Jud Süss, THERESIENSTADT  and KURT GERRON’s KARUSSEL is a heart breaker. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194445/reviews-2

18826838_sa9:30: HARLAN In The Shadow Of Jew Suess (2009) Felix Mueller.This documentary is an eye-opening examination of World War II film history as well as the story of a German family from the Third Reich to the present; one that is marked by reckoning, denial and liberation. It answers the question, “What do the children of those responsible for monstrous acts do?” They can not and should be held responsible for the sins of the fathers but nonetheless the guilt and shame lingers. Christiane Harlan, niece of Veit Harlan and daughter of Veit’s brother Fritz Moritz, married filmmaker Stanley Kubrick in 1958.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327726/

This program goes as far as can be gone in showing how Hitler and the Nazis used film to poison the minds of millions as well as to deceive those sent by organizations such as the Red Cross into believing that the stories about the treatment of the Jews by Germany were lies.

The program also serves to bring out the lies that to this day linger about the Jewish people.

Adolf Hitler: “If you tell a big lie and tell it frequently it will be believed.”

As one who personally has felt and is feeling the impact of a big lie I know how true that statement is.

I also know how few in number are those who take the time to discern and to defend the truth. Their voices are rarely welcome. Their strength is that they know how unwelcome the Truth is. Nonetheless, they speak it.

If one person in the city is murdered thanks to these vicious poster attacks or killed riding one of this man bicycles that person's blood will be on the hands of Toronto Metro Licensing And Standards. Here is their web address: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=27c4a83b82870410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

If one person in the city is murdered thanks to these vicious poster attacks or killed riding one of this man bicycles that person’s blood will be on the hands of Toronto Metro Licensing And Standards. Here is their web address: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=27c4a83b82870410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

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https://nowtoronto.com/art-and-books/in-memoriam/in-memoriam-elie-wiesel-1920-2016/

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/07/15/elie-wiesel-was-the-beacon-who-lost-his-way-salutin.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/toronto-alt…/article549053/

http://news.nationalpost.com/…/lawrence-solomon-jane-jacobs…

https://www.thestar.com/…/…/fiorito_we_gotta_have_hartt.html

http://startouch.thestar.com/…/1cb9b322-f604-45d4-9471-b2e4…

https://www.thestar.com/…/the-city-should-leave-cineforum-a…

THE CINEFORUM July 16 thru August 31, 2016.

9c 9d 9e 9f 2000px-WWII-HolocaustDeaths-Pie-All.svgIt is time to end Toronto’s War On Fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUO20–hXw8

For nearly twenty years one man in Toronto has been doing everything he can to destroy both myself and others. Many call this a feud because if it is a feud they can stay out of it. It is not a feud. Oliver Moore, in THE GLOBE AND MAIL, wrote about it here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/toronto-alt…/article549053/ .

http://news.nationalpost.com/…/lawrence-solomon-jane-jacobs…

https://www.thestar.com/…/…/fiorito_we_gotta_have_hartt.html

http://startouch.thestar.com/…/1cb9b322-f604-45d4-9471-b2e4…

https://www.thestar.com/…/the-city-should-leave-cineforum-a…

http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=18387

The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto. 416-603-6643. Open only to friends of Reg Hartt. Not yet a friend? Drop by and say, “Hello.”

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 16, 17, 18.

7pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST  I would think that with my work here listed at the top of the world’s number one travel guide, THE LONELY PLANET, as one of the best places to see in Ontario and in Toronto that city officials would be doing what they could to help. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I want a Jane Jacobs’ Toronto. What is that? It is a city that adapts to its people instead of squashing them. Come to this program to see what Toronto can and should be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs .

Tuesday, July 19, 9pm: BLOOD AND ROSES (1960) Roger Vadim. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053802/

Wednesday, July 20: Grindhouse Classic: WILDCAT WOMEN (BLACK LOLITA) 3D (1975) Stephen Gibson.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072708/

Thursday, July 21, 9pm: THE SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) Josef Von Sternberg. Marlene Dietrich.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023458/

Monday, July 25, Silent Film Festival

5pm: WHERE THE NORTH BEGINS (1923) Rin Tin Tin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0014600/. Plus FATTY & MABEL ADRIFT (1916) Mack Sennett. Roscoe Arbuckle, Mabel Normand http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006668/ .

7pm: SAND (1920) Lambert Hillyer. William S. Hart http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0011651/ . Plus MAX AND HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW (1911) Max Linder  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121532/ .

9pm: THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1921) Rex Ingram. Rudolph Valentino. Complete version  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012190/ .

Monday, August 1, Silent Film Festival

5pm: HULA (1927) Victor Fleming. Clara Bow. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018016/ , Plus A SUBMARINE PIRATE (1915) Syd Chaplin.   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006115/ .

7pm: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) Conrad Veidt. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010323/ . Plus SATURDAY AFTERNOON (1926) Harry Langdon.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017347/

9pm: THE GODDESS (1934) Wu Yonggang. Ruan Ling-yu.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195256/

Monday, August 8, Silent Film Festival

5pm: THE SHOW OFF (1926) Malcolm St. Clair. Ford Sterling, Louise Brooks. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017382/ .

7pm: NELL GWYN (1926) Herbert Wilcox. Dorothy Gish  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017198/. Plus LONG LASTING LOVE (1912) Max Linder. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0511729/

9pm: THE GODLESS GIRL (1928) Cecil B. DeMille.  Lina Basquette. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019935/

Monday, August 15, Silent Film Festival

5pm: THE SOUL OF YOUTH (1920) William Desmond Taylor.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0011721/ ,

7pm: REDSKIN (1929) Victor Schertzinger. Richard Dix. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020320 . RAMONA: A Story Of The Whiteman’s Injustice To The Indian (1910) D. W. Griffith.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0001371/   .

9pm: MANTRAP (1926) Victor Fleming. Clara Bow. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017119/ . Plus BRONCHO BILLY AND THE SCHOOL MISTRESS (1912) Gilbert M. Anderson. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373736/ Plus THE LADY OF THE DUGOUT (1918) W. S. Van Dyke. Al Jennings. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009273/ .

Monday, August 22, Silent Film Festival

5pm: THE PATSY (1928) King Vidor. Marion Davies. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019258/ . Plus ANDY’S STUMP SPEECH (1924) Norman Taurog. Joe Murphy (Andy Gump). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0321231/

7pm: THE CROWD (1928) King Vidor. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018806/ . Plus WON IN A CUPBOARD (1914) Mabel Norman. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0004836/  .

9pm: WINGS (1927) William A. Wellmam. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018578/ . Plus LYMAN H. HOWE’S FAMOUS RIDE ON A RUNAWAY TRAIN (1921) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159700/

Monday, August 29, Silent Film Festival

5pm: THE NIGHT CRY (1926) Herman C. Raymaker. Rin Tin Tin. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017205/

7pm: UNDERWORLD (1927) Josef Von Sternberg. George Bancroft. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018526/

9pm: LOVE (1927) Edmund Goulding. Greta Garbo, John Gilbert. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018107/

Tuesday, July 26, ANIMAFEASTIVAL: A Feast Of  A Festival Of Animation

5pm: OUT OF THE INKWELL OF MAX FLEISCHER # 1 with Koko The Clown, Sing-A-Long-To-The Bouncing Ball, Betty Boop, Popeye, Color Classics, Superman & more. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0281502/

7pm: GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (1939) Max Fleischer. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031397/

9pm: JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME (1955) Karla Zeman. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047930/

Tuesday, August 2, ANIMAFEASTIVAL: A Feast Of  A Festival Of Animation

5pm: WIZARDS (1977) Ralph Bakshi. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076929/

7pm: THE PLAGUE DOGS (1982) Martin Rosen. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084509/

9pm: FANTASTIC PLANET (1973) Rene Lalloux. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070544/

Tuesday, August 9, ANIMAFEASTIVAL: A Feast Of  A Festival Of Animation

5pm: Walt Disney Animation Fest with Alice In Cartoonland, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Silly Symphonies (1925 to 1950)

7pm: WATERSHIP DOWN (1978) Martin Rosen. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078480/

9pm: YELLOW SUBMARINE (1968) George Dunning. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063823/

Tuesday, August 16, ANIMAFEASTIVAL: A Feast Of  A Festival Of Animation

5pm: LOONEY TUNES (1930) Hugh Harman & Rudy Ising. Bosko, The Talk-ink Kid.

7pm:  WHO’S AFRAID OF SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946) Walt Disney.

9pm: COONSKIN (1975) Ralph Bakshi. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071361/

Tuesday, August 23, ANIMAFEASTIVAL: A Feast Of  A Festival Of Animation

5pm: THE FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE (1958) Karla Zemana. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052374/

7pm: GEORGE PAL’S PUPPETOONS  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657162/

9pm: THE WICKEDLY COOL GENIUS OF BOB CLAMPETT http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163332/

Tuesday, August 30, ANIMAFEASTIVAL: A Feast Of  A Festival Of Animation

5pm: HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN (1941) Max Fleischer. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033727/

7pm: UPA ANIMATION FEST (1945-1955) Mr. MaGoo, Gerald McBoingBoing & more. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033727/

9pm: BOOGIE 3D (2009) Gustavo Cova. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235827/

Wednesday, July 27, Famous Monsters

5pm: SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN (1929) Benjamin Christensen. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020004/

7pm: THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) Lucio Fulci. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082966/

9pm: DRACULA (1931) Tod Browning. Bela Lugosi. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/

Wednesday, August 3, Famous Monsters

5pm: THE PEARL OF DEATH (1944) Roy William Neil. Basil Rathbone. Introducing Rondo Hatton as “The Creeper.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037168/

7pm: PSYCHO (1960) Alfred Hitchcock. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054215/

9pm: THE RE-ANIMATOR (1985) Stuart Gordon. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089885/

Wednesday, August 10, Famous Monsters

5pm: THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (1946) Arthur Lubin. Gale Sondergard, Rondo Hatton. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038974/

7pm: THE WICKER MAN (1973) Robin Hardy. Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070917/

9pm: BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992) Francis Ford Coppola. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103874/

Wednesday, August 17, Famous Monsters

5pm: FRANKENSTEIN (1910) Thomas Edison. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0001223/

5:30: FRANKENSTEIN (1931) James Whale. Boris Karloff. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021884/

7pm: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) James Whale. Boris Karloff. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026138/

9pm: THE SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) Rowland V. Lee, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031951/

Wednesday, August 24, Famous Monsters

5pm: THE HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946) Jean Yarborough. Rondo Hatton. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038621/

7pm: SUSPIRIA (1977) Dario Argento. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076786/

9pm: FREAKS (1932) Tod Browning. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022913/ plus MAD LOVE (1935) Karl Freund. Peter Lorre. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026663/

Thursday, July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25. The Holocaust

5pm: JEW SUESS (1940) Veit Harlan. The film Hitler used to brainwash the SS into hating Jews.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032653/

7pm: HOLOCAUST: THERESIENTADT (2005) Irmgard von zur Mühlen. The top “show camp” that the Nazis used to deceive the world from the true atrocities that were unfolding behind-the-scenes during World War II is explored in this release showcasing the horrors that unfolded at Theresienstadt. A small, Czechoslovakian fortress town that served as the transit point for thousands of European Jews heading for death camps in the east, Theresienstadt was originally advertised as an “end camp” where weary Jews would finally be able to rest at the “Reich Home for the Aged.” The reality, however, couldn’t be further from the truth, and after signing away their properties and earthly possessions to the S.S., the Jews momentarily housed in Theresienstadt were quickly shipped to eastern death camps for extermination. The ruse was so convincing that it not only hoodwinked the thousands of unsuspecting Jews who arrived there, but the Danish and International Red Cross delegation assigned to review the so-called “Jewish Settlement” as well.

8pm: KURT GERRON’S KARUSSEL (1999) Ilona Ziok. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192218/

9pm: THE FUEHRER GIVES THE JEWS A CITY (1944) Kurt Gerron. Supposedly never completed this film exists today in only fragmentary form. It is a heart breaker. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194445/reviews-2

9:30: HARLAN In The Shadow Of Jew Suess (2009) Felix Mueller. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327726/

Saturday, July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27.

5pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.  I would think that with my work here listed at the top of the world’s number one travel guide, THE LONELY PLANET, as one of the best places to see in Ontario and in Toronto that city officials would be doing what they could to help. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I want a Jane Jacobs’ Toronto. What is that? It is a city that adapts to its people instead of squashing them. Come to this program to see what Toronto can and should be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs .

7pm: THE SALVADOR DALI FILM FEST Salvador Dali, with Luis Bunuel, so outraged the world with his first two films the pictures were banned world wide. In Europe we launch our career with a scandal. In Canada when a scandal erupts most artists cry. I don’t. Said Dali (and Picasso), “It is good taste not bad taste which is the enemy.” Yes, it is.

9pm: THE SEX & VIOLENCE CARTOON FEST The silly people cut everything from the great films of Hollywood’s Golden Age of Animation they thought might offend anyone. Many of the best are banned. This is your chance to see them as we are meant to. You will be amazed how much we missed as kids.

Sunday, July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28.

3pm: BARRIE SCHWORTZ: THE SHROUD OF TURIN   THE SHROUD OF TURIN is the most important religious and scientific artifact we have. Barrie Schwortz was raised as an Orthodox Jew. He has not become a Christian nor a Jew For Jesus nor a Messianic Jew as a result of his work on The Shroud. Nor should he. Says Barrie, “The man on The Shroud is Jesus.” Access the Science Of The Shroud here:  http://www.shroud.com/menu.htm      . Come to this presentation to hear why, after 19 years of doubt, Barrie knew the man on the Shroud is Jesus.

5pm: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) to the music of Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

7pm: OZ DARKSIDE [THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) to the music of Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

9pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU (1922) to music from Radiohead’s KID A and OK COMPUTER]

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If you would like a copy of THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED ROCHDALE COLLEGE send a donation of $100 to Reg Hartt, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9 and I will send you one. It will help me fight my battle against the City of Toronto's War On Fun.

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See LE PATIN LIBRE in an outlaw performance at The Cineforum.

LE PATIN LIBRE, An Outlaw Performance In Toronto (2012) Filmed by Reg Hartt with the Sony 3D Bloggie Camera (http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/camerareview/sony-bloggie-3d-review/).  http://lepatinlibre.com/en/

9pm, Saturday, July 9, THE CINEFORUM, 463 Bathurst below College across from The Beer Store. 416-603-6643.

In 2012 LE PATIN LIBRE performed at Harbourfront. This revolutionary company which weds figure skating with dance, was born at THE CINEFORUM in Toronto. Most think all I do here is show movies. The movies are but the tip of what happens here.

Old ideas sometimes are found in new buildings. New ideas use old buildings.”–Jane Jacobs.

I met Jane Jacobs in 1968 when she and her family first arrived in Toronto. She was a regular at my screenings until her health prevented her from going out. While many objected to my introducing my programs for Mrs. Jacobs they were the principal attraction. Over a beer in her home she said to me, “The best part of what you offer is what you have to say.”

She is not alone in valuing what I bring to the table. Many others have also. One of those is Alexandre Hamel, the founder of LE PATIN LIBRE, who arrived at The Cineforum while touring with DISNEY ON ICE in 2004.

In this presentation Alex talks about coming to The Cineforum and how it changed his life for the better.

THE CINEFORUM incorporates ideas that go back to THE I CHING, Plato’s Academy in Athens, first and second century Christianity, the Paris Salon of Gertrude Stein, the original Paris Cinematheque of Henri Langlois and Claude Chabrol, the various factories of Andy Warhol, The Beats and The Beat Hotel, Toronto’s infamous Rochdale College (of which I was privileged to be a part) and the ideas of Jane Jacobs as expressed in her books from her first, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES through to her last, DARK AGE AHEAD.

During a visit to Montreal where I stayed at Alex’s place I got wildly drunk with him and other Cineforum alumni (Simon Lulling, Jeff Klassen, Jamie Ross). I woke up with a wicked hangover out of a dream in which I was giving my talks before the films from the screen in 3D. “That would be cool,” I said to myself. I promptly bought my first 3D camera and every book I could find on the history of 3D photography and 3D film making. Then I acquired every 3D movie I could going right back to the dawn of 3D. THE CINEFORUM now has one of the largest (if not the largest) archives of 3D Motion pictures in the world.

“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.”—Henri Langlois.

“One must save everything and buy everything. Never assume you know what’s of value.”—Henri Langlois.

“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!”—Henri Langlois.

“It is good taste not bad taste which is the enemy.”–Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Reg Hartt.

“Whatever the world condemns in you keep it. It is yourself.”–Jean Cocteau.

Luckily, thanks to my reputation as Canada’s most loved and hated film figure The Cineforum attracts mainly bad students. Thanks to that it is a hotbed of genius.

Here are some screenshots of LE PATIN LIBRE’s Outlaw Performance. 3D, as anyone who has seen Herzog’s PINA knows, gives a gravitas to dance on film that 2D simply can not provide. The bodies of the dancers move not in a flat landscape but in a solid one. I can feel as well as see their work. Where 2D gives only the shadow of life 3D gives the living presence.

3D Film making has a language all its own. It must be discovered as language is discovered, in practice. THE I CHING teaches that if learning and doing are not wed then the result is sterility. We have only to look at the fruits of our education system to know this is true as John Taylor Gatto has illustrated in his excellent THE UNDERGROUND HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION http://www.johntaylorgatto.com  , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeEWPbTad_Q  ,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96tEE8XoC0c  , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUqOZ6GsF7o ,   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeogjzJoCjo .

THE CINEFORUM has been called the most dangerous place on earth. It is. Rochdale College was infamous for the use of drugs. People went there to use hashish, LSD, marijuana, mushrooms, peyote, and more. Rochdale was 18 floors. The higher up we went, the higher we got. I was attracted to Rochdale not because of the drugs (altho I certainly took advantage of the opportunity and am grateful I did) I came to Rochdale attracted by the Rochdale idea of each Rochdalian as their own teacher. As a result there are no teachers at The Cineforum for at The Cineforum you are called to become your own teacher. Are you up to that challenge? –Reg Hartt 7/5/2016.Le Patin Libre 2012 (1) Le Patin Libre 2012 (2) Le Patin Libre 2012 (3) Le Patin Libre 2012 (4) Le Patin Libre 2012 (5) Le Patin Libre 2012 (6) Le Patin Libre 2012 (7) Le Patin Libre 2012 (8) Le Patin Libre 2012 (9) Le Patin Libre 2012 (10) Le Patin Libre 2012 (11) Le Patin Libre 2012 (12) Le Patin Libre 2012 (13) Le Patin Libre 2012 (14) Le Patin Libre 2012 (15) Le Patin Libre 2012 (16) Le Patin Libre 2012 (17) Le Patin Libre 2012 (18) Le Patin Libre 2012 (19) Le Patin Libre 2012 (20) Le Patin Libre 2012 (21) Le Patin Libre 2012 (22) Le Patin Libre 2012 (23) Le Patin Libre 2012 (24) Le Patin Libre 2012 (25) Le Patin Libre 2012 (26) Le Patin Libre 2012 (27) Le Patin Libre 2012 (28) Le Patin Libre 2012 (29) Le Patin Libre 2012 (30) Le Patin Libre 2012 (31) Le Patin Libre 2012 (32)

Jane Jacobs at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum: Time To End The City Of Toronto’s War On Fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9833TPWSCY

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 9, 10, 11; 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25.

JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Across From The Beer Store. 416-603-6643.

There is only one place on earth created entirely from the ideas of Jane Jacobs. That one place is Reg Hartt's Cineforum.

There is only one place on earth created entirely from the ideas of Jane Jacobs. That one place is Reg Hartt’s Cineforum in Toronto. What most makes it everything Jane Jacobs wrote about is that it has constantly been under attack by a city that refuses to recognize its value (just as they refuse to do with all of us).

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The figure skating company, LE PATIN LIBRE, was born at The Cineforum.

Here is their recent performance as part of THE GUELPH DANCE FESTIVAL. I filmed it in 3D. Use red and blue glasses to get the 3D Effect. “Old ideas are sometimes found in new buildings. New ideas are found by necessity in old buildings.”–Jane Jacobs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnXoCyj1Jdk

 

http://lepatinlibre.com/en/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Patin_Libre

In this video Alexandre Hamel describes how seeing street posters put up by Reg Hartt when he was touring with DISNEY ON ICE brought him to THE CINEFORUM which changed his life for the better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkoNCMH6aNY

Newspaper pieces on the City’s most recent attempts to shut down Reg Hartt’s Cineforum:

http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/1cb9b322-f604-45d4-9471-b2e463c42884%7C_0.html

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2016/06/28/the-city-should-leave-cineforum-alone-editorial.html

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/09/15/fiorito_we_gotta_have_hartt.html

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/lawrence-solomon-jane-jacobs-rules-as-ford-strikes-a-blow-for-film-freedom

The person behind the many complaints against THE CINEFORUM and Reg Hartt is James Gillis. He showed copies of the many letters he has written to lawyer Richard Zemla. Why is he determined to shut down The Cineforum? Gillis runs a street postering business under the name Dr. Jamie’s Events. He also sells used bikes under the name Dr. Jamie’s Used Bikes but that name has become so discredited his most recent flyers are completely anonymous and give locations which are not the address of his store.

Gillis has put up posters targeting former employees as Police Informants so that he can get out of paying them the money he owes them. He has put up thousands of posters attacking Reg Hartt. Read about it here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

“REG HARTT is what living in a metropolis is all about. He personifies the city as a meeting place of ideas, as a feast of experience and discussion and debate, as a triumph of the original and provoking over the banal and soporific.”—Globe and Mail

What has this to do with Jane Jacobs?

Jane Jacobs was about a lot more than walks which is something the people who organize walks in her name would do well to remember. When The Cineforum was first shut down in 1993 Jane Jacobs told Reg Hartt to call then Chief Planner of Toronto Paul Bedford and to have him call her back for confirmation. Mr. Bedford said, “Damn those idiots! I can’t bother her. Just start up.”

Question that might be asked: How can you know Jane Jacobs cared about Reg Hartt? We have only his word that she did.

Answer: Not many people received fan letters from Jane Jacobs. Reg Hartt received several. Two of them are displayed here. “Our mother loved you,” the children of Jane Jacobs have repeatedly told Reg Hartt. In 1979 Jane Jacobs spoke about the value of Reg Hartt to the City of Toronto at an event Hartt sponsored with animation artist Robert (Bob) Clampett: Here is the audio of that talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D7J2ch2Tec

Question: If THE CINEFORUM is not a public art gallery, what is it?

Answer: City Inspector Elliott deBarros said the city has a tough time deciding what it is and the closest it could come is Public Art Gallery. He also agreed with Mr. Hartt that The Cineforum operates within City of Toronto Bylaws. He said that if Mr. Hartt were to send in application for a Project Review Request the city would approve it almost instantly and The Cineforum would be protected from future threats. Elliott deBarros acknowledged that James Gillis was/is behind the complaints while adding that a second person, probably at the behest of Gillis, has filed complaints. Mr. deBarros now denies saying The Cineforum was/is within City of Toronto Bylaws.

There doesn’t seem to be much creativity at the top. It seems to me that Toronto has a split personality, a civic schizophrenia. On one level there is the spirit of individuals and small groups who do things…what you might call the vernacular spirit. This is all very informal, ingenious, quite romantic and full of fun, a great deal of fun. It seems to me that the official spirit of Toronto is stamp out fun. It’s pompous, impressed with mediocrity if its very, very big and expensive,”–Jane Jacobs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUO20–hXw8       .

This is an going problem and it affects the city as a whole: “They didn’t offer any facts,” says Pol Cristo-Williams, owner of Sweaty Betty’s, a bar at Queen and Ossington that had its hip credentials buffed when Drew Barrymore ditched her own film fest party to hang there. “There are no facts. I don’t know why they’re calling it a study – all they’re doing is copying the College Street by-laws, and College Street is a mess, it’s a dying neighbourhood. After they prove that they’ve screwed up College Street, they’re going to screw up Queen West and Ossington.”  http://www.blogto.com/city/2009/10/bar_bans_by-laws_and_the_end_of_ossington/  .

Question: “You have no really defined The Cineforum. What is it?”

Answer: The Cineforum is pretty much indefinable. The word “Cine” means “Film.” A “Forum” is a place where ideas can be discussed. So in that sense THE CINEFORUM is a place where ideas about film can be discussed. Cinema, itself, embraces all of the arts so ideas about all of the arts can be discussed there. As well, the ideas inherent in the films being presented are themselves open to discussion.

The Cineforum is located in the living room of my home. The word “Salon” is French for “living room.” In Europe there is a long history of people using their living rooms, their salons, as a regular meeting of writers, artists, etc., at someone’s home (  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salon  ).

Question: What would you like the future of The Cineforum to be?

Answer: I would like THE CINEFORUM to be a living memorial to the ideas of Jane Jacobs. While I feel it is highly unlikely given what Jane Jacobs herself describes as “the pompous mediocrity” at the top I would like Toronto to become the first truly Jane Jacobs city in the world. A Jane Jacobs city is a city that adapts to its people instead of forcing its people to adapt to it. Forcing its people to adapt to it leads, as she has clearly shown, to the death of cities. Toronto is a dying city.

THE CINEFORUM is a living testament to her statement “New ideas are found in old buildings.” Alexandre Hamel with his figure skating company LE PATIN LIBRE is globally revolutionizing figure skating with completely new ideas. He is one of the many who have found a new direction because they came to THE CINEFORUM. I would like to see the city purchase the property from my landlord and then give it to The Cineforum Community in perpetuity as a place where new ideas can be found.

“Before transforming into a travelling troubadour he worked in the film industry, which eventually led him to the Cineforum, the legendary Toronto theatre run out of the film archivist Reg Hartt’s living room, and where Petunia lived and worked for a time. “The first time I saw him talk, I was sold,” Petunia said of Hartt. “We’ve been friends ever since. I learned everything I know about the business of being an artist from Reg. And believe it or not, I learned how to walk a little more gracefully from knowing him.”  http://www.taddlecreekmag.com/going-with-the-flow

“My biggest musical influences? Sheila Gostick, whom most people will never really get to hear, see or know. Same can be said for Reg Hartt, almost the polar opposite of Sheila Gostick. Even though Reg is known for being a movie guy. These two people are living icons in Toronto. Reg’s place is within a few houses of Bathurst and College, look for the lapis lazuli blue and gold paint job. People from all over the world go there while so many people in Toronto are afraid to.” http://www.petuniamusic.com/Press/east_coast_noise.htm  .

“Q: What and/or whom inspired you to become a performer, and how old were you? A: Hard to say what inspired me and all the whoms. Sheila Gostick schooled me in all manners and customs when I was 26. Reg Hartt got me back from the system while I was still young enough to care and think. Though, if I were a better ball player I wouldn’t be a professional musician seeing as I love to play ball. If you’re curious about Reg & Sheila, look them up, they are famous underground characters with huge personalities and drive.”  http://the-g-zine.blogspot.com/2013/01/q-with-petunia.html    .

Question: What are your qualifications?

Answer: My qualifications are exactly equal to those of Jane Jacobs.

Question: Do you expect to get support from the organizers of Jane Jacobs walks, etc..

Answer: No.

Question: Then why do you approach them?

Answer: So that afterwards they can’t say, “Why didn’t you call us? We would have helped.” Jane Jacobs helped without being asked. The best always do. These people are like the Pharisee and the Scribe in Jesus’ parable of The Good Samaritan. They wear the robes. They talk the talk. But when the call to act comes they walk on by. It is important to remember that the Samaritan was viewed as beneath contempt, as unclean.

Question: Then who do you expect to help you?

Answer: I don’t need help. I run THE CINEFORUM within City of Toronto Bylaws. We are not allowed under the Bylaws to invite strangers into our homes. Admission to my program is limited to my friends. If someone wants to be a friend of mine all they have to do is come by and say, “Hello.” In New Brunswick where I lived as a kid and in Sault Ste. Marie where I lived before coming to Toronto I was told that Toronto is a cold city. I said that I would warm it up. I have. In a Jane Jacobs city there are no strangers. There are friends we are about to meet. I am creating a Jane Jacobs city by standing up for ideas.

Question: What would you like the City of Toronto to do?

Answer: First I would like the City to enforce its street poster bylaws which are eminently fair. James “Dr. Jamie” Gillis, in the operation of his street poster business, routinely ignores them.  Secondly, I would like to Gillis brought to account for his telephone death threats on myself and others. These date back to 2010 and are on the public record. Thirdly, I would like to see that family that is being told to tear down its treehouse told, “Hey, it’s cool. Kids love treehouses.” Fourthly, I want Toronto to become a Jane Jacobs City. Do that and we set an example for the world. That would really be the most fitting memorial to her.

Question: What can we do?

Answer: First, come to The Cineforum. Secondly, talk to your Councillor. Tell them we want a Jane Jacobs City. We want a City that adapts to us. The price, should they fail to listen, will be the death of Toronto.

Question: Do you need funding?

Answer: This will come as a surprise to many but Jane Jacobs was very much against government support and very much for self reliance. I long ago turned my back on government funding. Do I need funding? Of course I do. I prefer the funding to come from those who value my work. One of the things I have noticed about many of those who receive government salaries and government funding is that they seem to think their feces smells like roses while viewing the rest of us as common. Mrs. Jacobs told me this attitude has a long history. My own research confirms that.

Question: Why do you continue to fight this fight?

Answer: Because every week some new person walks in who finds what Alex and Petunia found. They find a new direction for their life.

Question: Do you think you will win?

Answer: Do you think Jane Jacobs knew she would win when she went up against Robert Moses in New York and against the Spadina Expressway in Toronto? Of course she did not know that. What she knew was that if she did not fight then the city she loved and the city in which she had made her new home would be destroyed. I know that Toronto has destroyed a great many things it should not have in the past. I know that it must stop doing that now.

Question: What are some of the other things the city has desroyed?

Answer: Here are some of the many:

Loss of Gerrard Street Village

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2008/12/26/our_lost_greenwich_village.html

Death of Yorkville

http://spacing.ca/toronto/2009/06/25/throwback-thursday-yorkville-and-the-death-of-torontos-first-scene/

Bohemian Embassy Coffee House

http://behindthebohemianembassy.com/publicity.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHkPpkMH9cc

http://www.yorkvillethedocumentary.com/don-cullen/

http://www.quillandquire.com/review/making-the-scene-yorkville-and-hip-toronto-in-the-1960s/

Ossington Street

http://torontoobserver.ca/2009/11/23/city-staff-seeks-to-amend-by-laws-on-ossington-ave/

http://www.blogto.com/city/2009/10/bar_bans_by-laws_and_the_end_of_ossington/

Jane Jacobs: End Toronto’s  War On Fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn-uHw3oHL8&feature=youtu.be

Let us end it now. Come to The Cineforum. Become my friend.–Reg Hartt, 7/4/2016.

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How Reg Hartt is Celebrating 100 Years Of Jane Jacobs 3: Al Aronowitz.

I know what Jane Jacobs would do. I know what Denise Pinto, Max Alen and the rest of the vultures feasting off the corpse of the fallen hero would do. What did they do. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Jane would kick the assof the fucker behind this so far he could not come back. Ed Keena didn't. He won't. I will. That is part of what I'm doing to celebrate 100 years of Jane Jacobs.

I know what Jane Jacobs would do. I know what Denise Pinto, Max Allen and the rest of the vultures feasting off the corpse of the fallen hero would do. What did they do. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Jane would kick the ass of the fucker behind this so far he could not come back. Ed Keenan didn’t. He won’t. I will. That is part of what I’m doing to celebrate 100 years of Jane Jacobs.

The+Beatles+Live+At+Shea+Stadium+-+Metal+R+409515 imagesAl Aronowitz at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum in Toronto. Who is Reg Hartt? He’s a friend of Al’s. They met in 1981. Reg read about Al in THE SOHO news. He wrote him a letter. Al wrote back. Reg wrote back. Al called. He called again. One day Al said, “I’ve written a book. No one will give me readings. I need to do readings.” Reg said, “Come to Toronto.”

Reg told a friend that he had a major figure coming who liked his pot. “If I give you my TV set can you keep him happy?” asked Reg.

He could.

Al arrived in Toronto. Reg Had him do a reading. Gary Topp came out. Sheila Gostick came.

One day Reg said to Al, “Come with me.”

Al went.

Reg knocked on a door on Albany Street.

“Jane,” he said, “I have a fellow here I think you would like to meet.”

Jane was thrilled.

So was Al.

Who was Al Aronowitz?

Al was the shaping force of American popular music in his day. In the 1950s he was just a crime reporter. Pissed off because his son was hanging out with some fags in New York’s Greenwich Village who were flashing switch blade knives, smoking pot and spouting poetry, Al’s editor sent him down to write a hatchet piece (http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/hatchet+job.html).

Only Al didn’t.

You see Al Aronowitz was something exceedingly rare. He was a man of integrity.

Said Al later, “I walked in and realized I was in the presence of living poets.”

So instead of writing a hatchet piece Al wrote the first positive press about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

People today have little idea how much The Beats were hated by the conventional (which always hates anything that ain’t).

One day Al went to do his laundry. He saw a lazy eyed good lookin’ kid and said to him, “Come with me.”

The kid went.

He didn’t ask questions. He just went.

Al took the kid to meet Allen Ginsberg. He said to Al, “Meet Bobby.”

Allen took one look at Bobby and said, “Come with me.”

No one knows where they went, what they did but knowing Allen is not too hard to guess that he gave Bobby a real good time.

‘Cause when Bobby came back he was Dylan.

On another daqy Al said to Bobby, “Come with me.”

Bobby went.

They arrived at a hotel. They walked in to a room where Al was to interview four lads who had said that the only journalist in America they would talk to was Al.

Al pulled out a joint.

The lads had never smoked pot.

Al said, “You boys are musicians and you have never smoked pot? What the fuck kind of musicians are you?”

The boys said, “Have you heard our music?”

Al said, “Yeah. I listened to it. That shit’s for high school girls. You guys won’t last long. New generation of high school girls and you’ll be swept away.”

The four lads liked his brute honesty. They knew that was true.

“Can we have some?” they asked.

Al said, “Put a towel under the door. Open the window.”

They did.

Then when they were done THE BEATLES walked out on to the stage at Shea Stadium.

Their music was transformed.

Al said to them, “Bobby’s fucking genius. You guys needed to meet. That’s why I brought him.”

Dylan met THE BEATLES. THE BEATLES met Dylan.

In that meeting the course of art, music, live, everything was changed. Changed for the better.

That was Al. Everything he touched became changed for the better.

Al did not know but while a bunch of old Jews was praying for The Messiah the Messiah was smoking pot and walking the streets of New York introducing one artist after another to one artist after another.

How can I say pot smoking Al was The Messiah? Well, the Messiah brings life. Al brought life to a huge number of people.

Then Al’s wife died of cancer. Her death broke his heart and left him broke. He was faced with a wife he could not afford to bury but had to. A lot of dreams died with his wife.

The phone rang. On the other end was a voice which rightly did not much care for white folk.

That voice had felt the full nastiness of good white folk, well meaning white folk, citizen’s committee white folk.

Nope, he just didn’t like white folk and, frankly, while I am white, thank God I’m what most white folk think of as white trash.

But that voice loved Al. Didn’t matter to him that Al was white. He loved him.

“You need help?” said the voice.

“No, I’m fine,” said Al.

“I know something you need help with,” said the voice.

The voice belonged to Myles Davis.

Al’s wife got buried.

That was Al. He was a man so despised by all the right people the best people could not help but fall in love with him.

I fell in love with Al.

One day I got the idea to sponsor Russian Poetry Nights.

Not nights of Russian poetry but nights of poetry in the Russian manner.

People were to get blind staggering drunk, roar out their poems and not ask after, “Did you like it?”

If you don’t know it is good without having to be told than you ain’t ready to be a poet.

For three months it went great.

Then a little lady from down the street asked, “Can I come?”

After three weeks she said to all the “poets,” “You fellows are all getting drunk and shouting at Reg’s place and he is the worst. Come down to my place. It will be better.”

I can’t fault boys for yielding to the power of the pussy, even old boys.

That ended the Russian Poetry Nights.

Al called. He said, “Reg, I want to come to Toronto.”

The great thing about using my home as a salon is that first I don’t have to ask permission and, secondly, I can do anything.

I called THE TORONTO PRESS CLUB. They said, “Wow! That man is a legend!”

Then I called one of the few newspapermen in Canada who is a newspaperman. He had a book coming out titled, “Toronto: Accidental City.”

I said, “If I poster Toronto for your book will you do me the favour of welcoming Al Aronowitz to Toronto?”

He said, “Love to.”

A few weeks later I said, “Al, meet Robert Fulford.”

Said Fulford after, “That man is a poet. Thank you for introducing me to him.”

You see Robert Fulford is not Ed Keenan. Not that I don’t like Ed. Ed’s okay. But Ed’s a boy. Fulford is not only a man but THE man.

At THE TORONTO PRESS CLUB I all my ex-Russian poets showed up with the polite lady who had snipped off their balls.

The next three nights were at THE CINEFORUM.

They were three fucking wonderful nights.

The folk who lived with me at the time baked cookies ’cause Al liked his pot best that way. We went further out than we had ever gone. Some never came back.

Al met some amazing people in Toronto with whom he stayed in touch.

Time passed.

Again Al called. He said, “Reg, your place is my favorite place on earth. I want to do a reading there again.”

I said, “Come on up.”

Al didn’t come.

He died

August 1, 2005.

I gave a reading in his memory.

I give one every summer.

I won’t this summer.

Why?

‘Cause the same folks who told Andy Warhol to move his ass from time to time are tellin’ me to move mine.

Why?

‘Cause it’s illegal to invite the public into our homes in Toronto.

As Thoreau put it, “Every idiot can make a law and every idiot will keep it.”

I’m not complaining.

Messiah’s are born to be crucified by those who work for the government.

You see, they have jobs to do.

If the job says to throw Jews and fags and gypsies into ovens, well, they do their job.

Can’t fault them for that.

In Tibet monks lavish time creating mandelas. When they are completed they exist for a few days. Then they are swept away.

I created The Cineforum as a mandela. It is shortly to be swept away.

Come take a look at it.

On August 2, 2016 the day will be devoted to the life and words of Al Aronowitz.

Some of the poets who found their Muse hear will be invited to share their work.

I will speak for Al.

And to The City Inspector who said he’d bust my ass if I did not adjust to the city I say, “Bust my ass.”

The essence of Jane Jacobs expressed in her landmark book THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES is simple: Cities must adapt to people. People must not adapt to cities.

Ed Keenan doesn’t understand this.

Jane Jacobs did.

Al Aronowitz did.

Robert Fulford does.

Lawrence Solomon does.

The late Rob Ford, God bless him, did.

Reg Hartt does.

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.

A writer named Will Sloan wrote a piece about the final chapter of THE CINEFORUM. He whines because I said in a flyer promoting him that he was a good writer and hot. He didn’t like the hot part. Poor Will. If Al or I had taken him to meet Allen Ginsberg he sure as fuck would not have disappeared for a few months. He would have whined, “Why did you introduce me to that fag?’ Can’t blame will. He’s the product of a system designed to produce mediocrity. You can read his piece here: http://torontoist.com/2016/06/reg-hartt-cineforum-closes-again-2016/

You can read about Al Aronowitz here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Aronowitz , http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/02/AR2005080202209.html , http://www.blacklistedjournalist.com .

If you want, you can read about me here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg_Hartt .

Remember the date: August 1, 2016. A DAY FOR THOSE WHO LOVE AL ARONOWITZ and WHO WERE LOVED BY AL ARONOWITZ. A DAY FOR THE MESSIAH.

At Reg Hartt’s home, 463 Bathurst Street,Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9. rhartt4363@gmail.com

Jane Jacobs knew that when a law is stupid you stand up to it.

I do, too.

I created THE CINEFORUM not as a business but as a work of art. As a result many artists have found their Muse here. I am the first person in the world to do that. The City Of Toronto has decided my wonderful work of art must be swept away. Come see it before it vanishes forever. Al Aronowitz will be here in spirit. So will Jane Jacobs, Judith Merril, my beautiful Mark Mitchell and many others. I look forward to meeting you. I look forward to hearing the Words of The Messiah, Al Aronowitz.–Reg Hartt 6/18/2016.

He got it right. Al was not one of those who watched and did nothing. Al Aronowitz was a Messiah. Messiah's act.

He got it right. Al was not one of those who watched and did nothing. Al Aronowitz was a Messiah. Messiah’s act.

Margaret Meade, "Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. All too often that is all that does it."

Margaret Meade, “Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. All too often that is all that does it.”

Best place to take a date

Judith Merril, the mother of modern Speculative (Science) Fiction, was a friend and supporter of Reg Hartt. Judy did not lightly give her support. Here she is at THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER prepared by Mark Sleep at THE CINEFORUM.

Judith Merril, the mother of modern Speculative (Science) Fiction, was a friend and supporter of Reg Hartt. Judy did not lightly give her support. Here she is at THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER prepared by Mark Sleep at THE CINEFORUM.

I introduced Al Aronowitz to Judith Merril. I met Judy in 1968. We were more than friends. She was one of my mothers. She caused me to be reborn.

I introduced Al Aronowitz to Judith Merril. I met Judy in 1968. We were more than friends. She was one of my mothers. She caused me to be reborn.

At The Ouimetoscope Theatre in Montreal I went out in front of a packed house. I said, "Hi, I am Reg Hartt

At The Ouimetoscope Theatre in Montreal I went out in front of a packed house. I said, “Hi, I am Reg Hartt

A hatchet piece about my RUSSIAN POETRY NIGHTS. This poor girl was not cut from the same cloth as Al Aronowitz.

A hatchet piece about my RUSSIAN POETRY NIGHTS. This poor girl was not cut from the same cloth as Al Aronowitz.

Beatles Shea Stadium Concert Poster

Beatles Shea Stadium Concert Poster

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The End Of The Cineforum (1968–2016)

This morning, after much serious reflection, I have decided to bring the curtain down on The Cineforum.

It has been a good run. During it I have met a huge number of terrific people. I have also found myself with a great many friends.

Closing down the program was not an easy decision. Ending a process that brought so many wonderful people into my life is not an easy thing. It means ending the process by which I will meet even more interesting people.

As you know if you have been following these posts I have for nearly twenty years been engaged in a very weary, soul devouring battle.

When, in The Ramsden Decision, the Supreme Court of Canada defended STREET POSTERING as FREEDOM OF SPEECH for those without access to mainstream media it was because a band in Peterborough, Ontario fought that city all the way to the top court in the country.

Today we’d be lucky to see a poster for a band on the streets of the city. When they do appear they are covered over or torn down by people who put up posters for hire for the people who do advertise in mainstream media.

When the City of Toronto came up with its Street Poster Bylaws I found them extremely well thought out. I was happy to keep them.

The problem is that the city talks the talk but does not walk the walk. The people who put up posters commercially routinely ignore the City Bylaws. City inspectors say they don’t have the time or money to enforce them (though, it seems to me that with a fine of $490.00 per violation if they did enforce the laws they would have the money).

Over the years I have been engaged in this battle with the city’s chief commercial poster business I have seen my work as well as the legitimate posters put up by others routinely destroyed. Often I find our flyers torn up into bits of confetti and placed in clumps behind over size posters placed there by his service.

As well I have found myself pilloried from utility pole to utility pole and kiosk to kiosk by flyers warning people that I am a sexual monster preying on their children. One ex-employee of the man wrote that he could not believe he was doing that. He added that when he worked for the man he saw him repeatedly supply a fourteen year old girl with crack cocaine after which he committed statutory rape on her. Wow! I would think the folks who say they care a great deal about this sort of thing would get upset enough to do something. I found out they do not get upset. From another ex-employee of the man who had himself been smeared by him in a poster campaign which said he was a police informant and was designed to get him killed by street crack heads I found out that the 14 year old girl was the niece of a police officer in 14 Division. Well, how hard should she be to find? The cops closed the case saying they had no leads.

Jeez.

Then a friend found a copy of a report filed against me with the police by this man. He had dropped a copy on the street. It was passed on to me. I called the police. They said, “You can’t have that. Read from it.” After I read from it they said, “You have it.”

I went in, spoke with them (against the advice of a lawyer) and they said, “What a shit!”

That was way more than I expected. I had gotten used to officials not giving a shit.

Daily when I go out with flyers for my programs I find them destroyed. I also find slanderous posters attacking me everywhere.

It got so I was spending six to seven hours every morning putting up paper that was being destroyed that day.

This week I found myself more physically drained and exhausted than I have ever been.

It’s clear the City is not going to stand up for the rights the Supreme Court stood up for.

It’s also clear I am wearing myself out.

Sunday I turned 70.

I decided to give myself a present.

I’m taking a rest.

My friend Jane Jacobs titled her last book DARK AGE AHEAD.

She died in 2006. Her book should be re-issued as DARK AGE NOW.

Get ready as it is going to get worse.

In the meantime drop by and say hello. It will be good to see you.

The whole world is going straight to Hell.

Let’s get drunk and enjoy the fire.–Reg Hartt 6/15/2016.

June 2016 @ The Cineforum, Toronto.

When I was 14 I thought life ended at 40. When I got to forty I found out it was just starting. On June 12 I turn 70. That is a cause for celebration. Admission to The Cineforum (1 program or all programs) is just $10 per day. Get drunk on great movies.

June 2016 @ The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Across From The Beer Store. 416-603-6643.

Saturday, June 4,

5pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: ROLLING STONES FILM FEST

Sunday, June 5

3pm: THE SCIENCE OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN

5pm: PINK FLOYD: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) set to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: REG HARTT CARTOON FEST

Monday, June 6

5pm: THE WIND (1928) Victor Sjöström. Lillian Gish. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0803705/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

7pm: GERMANY YEAR ZERO (1948) Robert Rosellini. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039417/

9pm: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) Charles Laughton. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048424/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3

Tuesday, June 7

5pm: FRANKENSTEIN (1931) James Whale. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021884/?ref_=nv_sr_4

7pm: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Victor Eric  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070040/?ref_=nv_sr_1

9pm: Fellini’s CASANOVA (1976) Donald Sutherland. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074291/?ref_=nv_sr_4

Wednesday, June 8

5pm: OLIVER TWIST (1922) Frank Lloyd. Jackie Coogan. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013450/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_139

7pm: The Kid  (1921) Charlie Chaplin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012349/?ref_=nv_sr_3

9pm: Cria Cuervos (1976) Carlos Saura http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074360/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Thursday, June 9

5pm: ROBINSON CRUSOE (1954)  Luis Buñuel http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044386/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_24

7pm: Los Olvidados (1950)  Luis Buñuel http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042804/?ref_=nv_sr_1

9pm: Our Lady of the Assassins (Spanish title: La virgen de los sicarios) (2000) Barbet Schroeder

Saturday, June 11

5pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: ROLLING STONES FILM FEST

Sunday, June 12

3pm: THE SCIENCE OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN

5pm: PINK FLOYD: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) set to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: REG HARTT CARTOON FEST

Monday, June 13

5pm: UNDER THE CHERRY MOON (1986) Prince. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092133/?ref_=_161

7pm: PURPLE RAIN (1984) Prince. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087957/?ref_=_171

9pm: GRAFITTI BRIDGE  (1990) Prince. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099691/?ref_=_144

10:30pm: SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES (1987) Prince. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093970/?ref_=_157

Tuesday, June 14

5pm: LABYRINTH (1986) Jim Henson. David Bowie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091369/?ref_=_477

7pm: ZIGGY STARDUST (1973) D. A. Pennebaker. David Bowie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086643/?ref_=_504

9pm: MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (1983) Nagisa Ôshima. David Bowie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085933/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Wednesday, June 15

5pm: Where is the Friend’s Home? (1987) Abbas Kiarostami.                               http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

7pm: Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Andrei Tarkovsky http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056111/?ref_=nv_sr_1

8:30: Come and See (1985) Elim Klimov.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091251/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Thursday, June 16

1pm: THE HEART OF HUMANITY (1918) Erich Von Stroheim. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009145/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_53

3pm: BLIND HUSBANDS (1919) Erich Von Stroheim. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009937/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_52

5pm: FOOLISH WIVES (1922) Erich Von Stroheim. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013140/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_51

7pm: GREED (1924) Erich Von Stroheim. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015881/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_50

9pm: THE MERRY WIDOW (1925) Erich Von Stroheim. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0016104/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_7

Saturday, June 18

5pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: ROLLING STONES FILM FEST

Sunday, June 19

3pm: THE SCIENCE OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN

5pm: PINK FLOYD: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) set to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: REG HARTT CARTOON FEST

Monday, June 20

5pm:  CRACKED ACTOR (1975) Alan Yentob. David Bowie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377047/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

7pm: PERFORMANCE (1970) Donald CammellNicolas Roeg. Mick Jagger. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066214/?ref_=nv_sr_2

9pm: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976) Nicolas Roeg. David Bowsie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074851/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Tuesday, June 21

5pm: THE SHEIK (1921) George Melford. Rudolph Valentino. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012675/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_11

7pm: THE SON OF THE SHEIK (1926) George Fitzmaurice. Rudolph Valentino. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017416/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

9pm: THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1921) Rex Ingram. Rudolph Valentino. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012190/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_15

Wednesday, June 22

5pm: PLAYTIME (1967) Jacques Tati. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062136/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

7pm: BLADERUNNER (1982) Ridley Scott. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/?ref_=nv_sr_1

9pm: BRAZIL (1985) Terry Gilliam. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088846/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Thursday, June 23

5pm: LADY OF THE PAVEMENTS (1929) D. W. Griffith. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020074/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

7pm: THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) D. W. Griffith. Rescored By Reg Hartt.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0004972/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Saturday, June 25

5pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: ROLLING STONES FILM FEST

Sunday, June 26

3pm: THE SCIENCE OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN Documentary Fest.

5pm: PINK FLOYD: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) set to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922)  F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER)

9pm: REG HARTT CARTOON FEST

Monday, June 27

5pm: SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN (1929) Benjamin Christensen. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020004/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

7pm: EL TOPO (1970) Alejandro Jodorowsky

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067866/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_10

9pm: THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973) Alejandro Jodorowsky.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071615/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_6

Tuesday, June 28

7pm: THE RING OF THE NIBELUNGS Parts 1 & 2 (1924) Fritz Lang. Rescored by Reg Hartt. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015175/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_37 , http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015174/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_36.

Wednesday, June 29

5pm: NAPOLEON (1927) Abel Gance.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018192/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1a

Thursday, June 30

5pm: THE GODFATHER EPIC (1977) Francis Ford Coppola. Uncensored. 7 hours. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0809488/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_65

 

 

 

Monday Thru Thursday, May 23, 24, 25, 26 @ The Cineforum, Toronto.

Shroud 2 5, 23, 2016Alice In The Wall 1 jane june 2016 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence The Hunger The Man who Fell to Earth Ziggy Stardust

May 2016 @ The Cineforum

May 2016 At The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto. 416-603-6643.

Donation $10.00.

Saturday, April 30, Sunday, May 1

02:00 pm: MONSTER KID HOME MOVIES (2005) Robert Tinnel.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0467472/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHtxwO298lo

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: THE HOLLYWOOD CARTOON

09:00 pm: Spoken Word: Reg Hartt; WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD (A lot)

11:59pm:

Monday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: Herman Hesse SIDDHARTHA (1972) Conrad Rooks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070689/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z8_hzSfZr0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_%281972_film%29

09:00 pm: David Bowie: ZIGGY STARDUST (1973) D. A. Pennebaker.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086643/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggy_Stardust_and_the_Spiders_from_Mars_%28film%29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmmmqGsi-iw

11:59 pm: Elvis Presley: WILD IN THE COUNTRY (1961) Philip Dunne.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055623/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_in_the_Country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poTg28DDiNk

Tuesday, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: Herman Hesse SIDDHARTHA (1972) Conrad Rooks

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070689/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z8_hzSfZr0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_%281972_film%29

09:00 pm: David Bowie: MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (1983) Nagisa Oshima

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085933/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_Christmas,_Mr._Lawrence

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/merry-christmas-mr-lawrence-1983

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALrrgEOlvU

https://www.criterion.com/films/27512-merry-christmas-mr-lawrence

11:59 pm: Elvis Presley: JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957) Richard Thorpe.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050556/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jailhouse_Rock_%28film%29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jewUhkkGZf0

Wednesday, May 4,

02:00 pm: Music in Film: THE HOLLYWOOD SOUND (1995) Joshua Waletzky.  Narrated and hosted by John Mauceri. With the aid (and occasional cheeky interference) of David Raksin, one of the few survivors of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under conductor John Mauceri playing to a big screen, this loving tribute to the great studio composers underlines the importance of their contribution to the success of so many classics. Such names as Alfred Newman, Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold are mulled over and a number of key sequences recreated with live music for the camera (notably The Adventures of Robin Hood), but the real gem is Raksin’s account of how he came to compose the Laura theme. Educational and thrilling.

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: Herman Hesse SIDDHARTHA (1973) Conrad Rooks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070689/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z8_hzSfZr0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_%281972_film%29

09:00 pm: David Bowie: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976) Nicholas Roeg.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074851/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Fell_to_Earth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfccDapMA14

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-man-who-fell-to-earth-2011

11:59 pm: Elvis Presley: FLAMING STAR (1960) Don Siegel, Mickey Moore

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053825/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Star

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKxlRpw1_SA

Thursday, May 5,

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: Herman Hesse SIDDHARTHA (1973) Conrad Rooks

09:00 pm: David Bowie: THE HUNGER (1983) Tony Scott

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/features/394629-appreciation-david-bowies-performance-1983s-hunger/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9IDoAPC6Ps

11:59 pm: Elvis Presley: KING CREOLE  (1958) Michael Curtiz.

http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/king-creole.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfkLnZhhoTY

Saturday, May 7, 14, 21, 28.

02:00 pm: MONSTER KID HOME MOVIES (2005) Robert Tinnel.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0467472/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHtxwO298lo

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: METROPOLIS (1926) Fritz Lang.  Score Created By Reg Hartt

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_%281927_film%29

About Reg Hartt’s Score For METROPOLIS:

“Last week I finally got a chance to see a film I have been trying to see for literally years. That film is METROPOLIS, and I don’t mean Giorgio Moroder’s head-banger version. No, I’m talking about the most complete version of the film as it was meant to be seen in a l6mm print so clear, so clean you’d think the film was made a year ago. Wow. I mean I have been hearing stories about METROPOLIS for a long time, but I never thought my expectations would be met let alone far surpassed. And this without the “help” of Mr. Moroder. Does this mean there wasn’t a soundtrack? “Far from it. Accompanying the film was a brilliant (and I mean brilliant) soundtrack combining both modern music and classical pieces. This soundtrack suited the film when we all know Moroder’s didn’t. So who has this print of the film? Reg Hartt….If you know anything about Reg Hartt you know his lectures are anything but boring. He’s thrown chairs at people, kicked non-believers out, slandered near everyone under the sun (who usually deserves it) and started near riots. In other words, a real entertaining guy. Honestly. Reg is a lot of fun, he knows more about film (and the politics of film) than all of my teachers combined. And his soundtracks!”–From a letter to Ottawa’s Towne Cinema:

 

“I have left so many cinemas looking like I’ve been smelling onions for two hours that it is a pleasure and a catharsis to alert you to a redeeming film experience I enjoyed recently. It was not exactly an epiphany, but when something brilliant comes along, it deserves comment beyond self congratulations on managing to stay awake. “What I’m referring to is a recent screening of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS I attended at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum. I’ve seen the film with every sort of accompaniment except organ grinder and a monkey. When organ and even the now rare orchestral accompaniments have been attached to one of the “silent” classics, it is still hard to avoid the giggle factor what with all the usual silent movie grand overwrought gestural school of acting methods. However, Reg Hartt has completely transcended the predictable approach and has presented a classic film with a brilliant multi-layered sound track that forgives the histrionic giggle factor. Hartt allows us to see a great film with a fresh perspective. “I am not Mr. Hartt’s P. R. council but as someone who has been in the film industry for decades and who celebrates cinematic excellence,I hope you will take the opportunity to experience this superb revitalization of METROPOLIS with its innovative music track.”–DOUGLAS ELIUK, education officer National Film Board of Canada; Canadian Cultural Attaché to America.

Sunday, May 8, 15, 22, 29.

02:00 pm: Sabu: THE JUNGLE BOOK (1942) Zoltan Korda.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034928/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabu_Dastagir

05:00 pm: JANE JACOBS FILM FEST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/jane-jacobs-100th-birthday-walking-tours

07:00 pm: SALVADOR DALI/LUIS BUNUEL FILM FEST

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020530/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021577/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un_Chien_Andalou

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L’Age_d’Or

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021577/

09:00 pm: THE GENIUS OF ANIMATION DIRECTOR/PRODUCER FRIZ FRELENG

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0293989/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friz_Freleng

11:59 pm: Poetry Spoken Word: Reg Hartt GILGAMESH

https://books.google.com/books/about/Gilgamesh.html?id=uBIxAAAACAAJ

Siddhartha May Shroud May Shroud May 2 Monster Kid Home Movies Metropolis May Jane Jacobs Gilgamesh May Elvis May Dali May Bowie May

 

 

 

For Mad Folk Only…Reg Hartt, GILGAMESH & PIERRE DALTON

GILGAMESHPierre DaltonTHE I CHING teaches inferior men try to create order out of chaos while superior men recognize the order inherent IN what appears to be chaos. Jane Jacobs recognized this: “There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.”

Young man with a tattoo of Arthur Rimbaud. If you don't know who he is and think yourself a poet you are not.

Young man with a tattoo of Arthur Rimbaud. If you don’t know who he is and think yourself a poet you are not.

In 1980 Alexander Inglis, whom I met at my programs, gave me a copy of the Sumerian EPIC OF GILGAMESH. On May 23, 1981 the body of my brother Michael was found dead in a baseball park. He had killed himself. After his funeral my family thinking I was going to kill myself (I had no intention of it) stuck me against my will in McMaster Psychiatric Hospital where, forced to take the drugs they gave me I found myself becoming a zombie. I was told it would take from six months to six years for the effects of the medication had been given to wear off. When I found by accident I could leave I walked out. I had no money. Most of the people I had thought friends I found were not. The years passed. In 1992 I was invited to Montreal to perform at Café Campus for three days. The promoter told me capacity was 300 sitting and 300 standing. That is a total of 600. “We are sold out!” he said the first night. “How many?” I asked. He said, “300.” I said, “There’s way more than 300 here.” He said, “330.” The next night he said, “We’re sold out!” I asked, “How many?” He said, “Same as last night.” I don’t mind being lied to. I just don’t like being badly lied to. The next morning I caught the train back to Toronto. I tore up the money. I did not ask for a dime. During the time I was in Montreal I kept seeing a very intense young man.

That night in Toronto I had a program of films by Jean Cocteau. My friend Simon Waegemaekers, creator of THE MUSEUM FOR TEXTILES, was going to run it. I told him I had come back adding there was no need for him to come. He said, “I was looking forward to it. Why don’t I take care of them coming in. You take care of them leaving.” I saw none of the people who entered. I did see them leave. To my surprise one of the people leaving was the doppelganger of the fellow I had seen in Montreal. I invited him to have a beer. He said, “I’d like to live with you.” He brought in a number of books on and by poets. Reading one of them I found GILGAMESH flashing by my eyes. I wrote it down.

For some years now that man has been living in Ireland. This year he has been touring with is music. He was invited to stay in the country home of Arthur Rimbaud. Fuck man, it does not get better than that!

There are many who say I’m crazy. They right. I’m fucking nuts. Too bad they are not. A long time ago Plato wrote, “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.”

I got the Muse’s madness in my soul. I surrendered to it long ago as one does to a lover.

Once I had printed GILGAMESH I gave copies to friends.

Said Al Aronowitz, The Blacklisted Journalist who had introduced Bob Dylan (whom he met in a laundromat) to Allen Ginsberg and The Beatles, “It made me tingle.”

Said John Herbert, who wrote the only play by a Canadian the whole world saluted, “It’s magical. Very, very powerful.”

Said Thomson Highway, whose brother Rene had lived with me, “It’s remarkable.”

Said Jane Jacobs, “It’s amazing. I really liked it!”

Said Judith Merril, “It’s a page turner.”

Said PALLOKAVILLE’s SETH, “Wow! This is great. Much better than any other version I have read.”\

Said John Robert Columbo, “I did not know you are a poet. I did not think free verse suited to the epic form. When I started it, I did not think I would like it but you pulled it off. The sexual scenes are suitably barbaric. It is written with great power. You have travelled the hero’s journey to the dark side of existence. You have  returned the naked flesh to the bare bones of the epic. It is better than anything by the half dozen people who regularly win prizes for poetry in this country.”

When I began giving readings of GILGAMESH in 1992 one man stayed after while everyone else left. He said, “People can learn here.”

I replied, “Some do. Most do not. What do you do?”

He said, “I am an archaeologist, an Egyptologist and a Sumerologist. You are a Crazy-Wisdom-Yogin.”

I said, “I hear crazy often enough. What does the rest of that mean?”

He replied, “It is the highest compliment I, as a Buddhist, can pay. It means you are living absolutely the life you are teaching.”

I replied, “I would not say that. I know how far below the mark I fall. Would you care for a beer?”

He did. We drank until near dawn. It turned out he had accompanied The Dalai Lama on his first journey across Canada.

Yep, I’m crazy. Too bad for those of you who are not.

In June that young poet who fired my Muse will be in Toronto at THE PUBLIC ENEMY/THE CINEFORUM. His name is Pierre Dalton.

He will also be, for Mothers and those of you afraid to come here at THE FREE TIMES CAFÉ.

Mad folk only, thank you very much.–Reg Hartt 04/26/2016.

http://www.mag4.net/Rimbaud/CharlevilleE.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rimbaudhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rimbaud

http://www.poemhunter.com/arthur-rimbaud/

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/arthur-rimbaud

http://www.mag4.net/Rimbaud/Biography.html

CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP

I met the Bishop on the road And much said he and I.
“Those breasts are flat and fallen now,
Those veins must soon run dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not in some foul pigsty.”

“Fair and foul and near of kin,
And fair needs foul,” I cried,
“My friends are gone, but that’s the truth
Nor grave nor bed denied,
Learned in bodily lowliness
And in the heart’s pride.

“A woman can be proud and stiff
when on love intent;
But love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not first been rent!”

William Butler Yeats.