Category: 1. Schedule


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.

Saturday & Sunday @ The Cineforum

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May 2016 @ The Cineforum, Toronto

May At The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto.416-603-6643.Donation $10.00.

5pm Saturday thru Thursday, April 30 through May 26,

JANE JACOBS SPEAKS A collection of videos featuring the author of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES. Her last book, DARK AGE AHEAD (2004) is a prophecy all too rapidly coming true.

7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 2 thru 26.

Herman Hesse’s SIDDHARTHA (1972) A film by Conrad Rooks.

7pm Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29.

Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS (1926) Rescored By Reg Hartt.

2pm Sunday, May 8, 15, 22, 29.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1942) Alexander Korda.

2pm Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18, 25.

MUSIC FOR THE MOVIES: THE HOLLYWOOD SOUND (1993) Joshua Waletzky.

 

 

The time of the harvest

Now is the time of the harvest.

Crazy Horse, the Great Native American Seer, went up into the Black Hills on his Vision Quest.

We live in a time that mocks the idea of a Vision Quest.

That does not make it one whit less spiritually essential.

“It’s a good day to die,” he said when he came down from the mountain.

“The world is a ball,” said the Plainsman to whom on the ground everything looks flat. He added, “In a short time there will be terrible fires all over it. Men will be brutal to women everywhere. In the end God is coming to judge the world.”

I am not talking about a Fundamentalist Evangelical so-called “Born Again Christian” here.

Every day is a good day to die.

Today there are terrible fires all over this ball we live on. In the name of what people say they believe we see brutality towards women everywhere.

Is this something to be alarmed about?

No.

It means the moment of the harvest is here.

“As it was in the days of Noah before the flood so it shall be at the time of the coming of the son of man,” said Jesus.

From the account the days of Noah before the flood was a time of evil rampant upon the earth.

Evil is rampant upon the earth.

The waters of our lakes, streams, rivers and oceans is poisoned.

The waters of the rivers of our bodies is poisoned.

Who poisoned them?

We did.

Not, perhaps, you and I but certainly humanity has done this.

In his poem THE OCEAN Alfred Gordon Lord Byron thought it beyond possibility the vast oceans of the world could be poisoned the way in his day the continent of Europe had been poisoned.

In our day what Byron could not imagine has been done.

Is this a cause for alarm?

No.

It is a sign of the time.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.

People said that when I was a kid.

So much has been forgotten in such little time it is astonishing. Jane Jacobs speaks of this in her last book, DARK AGE AHEAD. She was not a fundamentalist “Born Again” Christian either. She was a woman who used her eyes and ears as so few use our eyes and ears. Mostly writers use the eyes and ears of others because they are too lazy to do the legwork. Then they fashion what they receive into what they choose to see.

In THE I CHING I read in 1968, “The Superior Man lives sparingly in times of plenty. Thus he prepares for times of want.”

The Boy Scout Motto is “Be Prepared.” It is a good motto.

JANE JACOBS AT THE CINEFORUM, 5pm Sunday, March 13, 20, 27, The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Below College. 416-603-6643. Donation $20.00.`3

Saturday March At The Cineforum, Toronto: MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL & BECKET

Originally I had planned to offer MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL alone. Then, as both films deal with the same idea, I decided to add BECKET (19764). This is a powerful cinematic testimony.

Originally I had planned to offer MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL alone. Then, as both films deal with the same idea, I decided to add BECKET (19764). This is a powerful cinematic testimony.

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL 1b

St. Thomas Becket (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add. info.: Thomas a Becket (1118-70) Archbishop of Canterbury; murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on the orders of King Henry II of England); English, out of copyright

St. Thomas Becket (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add. info.: Thomas a Becket (1118-70) Archbishop of Canterbury; murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on the orders of King Henry II of England); English, out of copyright

Originally I had planned to offer MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL alone . As both it and BECKETT are excellent studies of the same idea I thought why not offer them together. In a moment when a United Church Minister, Gretta Vosper, can declare herself an atheist, the church she belongs to is steeped in middle of the roadism, writers like Michael Coren and others can complain about the persecution Christians endure world wide…in short when so many who think themselves intelligent clearly are clueless as Easter approaches it is important to remember that Christianity has always been about the willingness of individuals to go to their deaths for what we know to be true.
The word “Martyr” literally means “Witness.”
What stronger witness can we give than a refusal to kill backed by a willingness to die.
In his book PAGANS AND CHRISTIANS Robin Lane Fox, who is not a Christian, writes that it is entirely possible that between 1918 and 1948 more Christians died for the Faith than in the first 300 years after Jesus. By this time that number probably equals more than in the first 2,000 years.
This has been and continues to be a time of great tribulation. http://www.stjosephschurch.net/leoxiii.htm
Mediocre Christians try one Church than, when it fails to give them the Christianity they want, they switch to another as Michael Coren did switch from Roman Catholicism to The Anglican Church. The path we walk is not straight and narrow. It is strait and narrow. People listening to radio and television preachers took strait to be straight. Tom Waits sings about walking the “straight and narrow.” It is the role of poets to understand the words we use not to follow the path of misunderstanding which is popular “mis”-understanding ( http://www.metrolyrics.com/way-down-in-the-hole-lyrics-tom-waits.html ,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbqFJuptvE ). This is why so many great poets were and are murdered. The blood of Frederico Garcia Lord cries out from an unknown grave.
Henry made his man, Becket, head of the church thinking Becket who had served him faithfully would be his dog. Dog maybe. Faithful to whom he served? Absolutely.
In many cultures to be called a dog is an insult. Would that those who think the term an insult could love as a dog loves, as anyone who has had a dog has discovered, as my dogs loved me.
One church that meets in a movie theater on Sundays calls itself “the church for people who don’t like church.” Yeah. Right. The word “church” means “community.” In others words this is a community for those who don’t like community. There is another word for these folk. That word is snob.
Only inferior people hate. Hatred is the porridge of their lives.

Only inferior people hate. Hatred is the porridge of their lives.

To Hell with them.–Reg Hartt, 03, 04, 2016.
L'Age D'Or (1930) Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. This film was banned by the Roman Catholic Church as blasphemy.  No wonder. This final image of the scalps of murdered women cries out against the men who conceived the idea of perpetual virginity for Mary as the mother of Jesus.

L’Age D’Or (1930) Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. This film was banned by the Roman Catholic Church as blasphemy. No wonder. This final image of the scalps of murdered women cries out against the men who conceived the idea of perpetual virginity for Mary as the mother of Jesus. Thus sex became something shameful instead of the glorious thing it is. But then, how could men who murdered their souls with vows of chastity they could not keep ever understand this? Read THE NEW TESTAMENT. We find doing that the only men Jesus calls sinners are priests.

In the 1970s a group of American scientists working with NASA put this image under a machine designed to render2D images taken by satellite of asteroids and planets in 3D. To their surprise something happened which should not have. The Shroud Image was rendered in 3D. "The child sees more clearly than the adult because the child has not decided what it will and will not see."--William S. Burroughs. Refusal to believe and belief that refuses to allow us to see are both blinding. This is why Jesus said, "Unless you be as a child you can not enter the Kingdom of God."

In the 1970s a group of American scientists working with NASA put this image under a machine designed to render2D images taken by satellite of asteroids and planets in 3D. To their surprise something happened which should not have. The Shroud Image was rendered in 3D. “The child sees more clearly than the adult because the child has not decided what it will and will not see.“–William S. Burroughs. Refusal to believe and belief that refuses to allow us to see are both blinding. This is why Jesus said, “Unless you be as a child you can not enter the Kingdom of God.

While you are here watching MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL you cam meditate upon THE SHROUD OF TURIN. How anyone can look at this and choose not to see what is written on it is something I do not understand. One day I will.

While you are here watching MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL and BECKET you can look at and meditate upon THE SHROUD OF TURIN. How anyone can look at this and choose not to see what is written on it is something I do not understand. One day I will.

Get a pair of red & blue 3D glasses to see this image in 3D. This is just one of the many unique properties of THE SHROUD OF TURIN, the burial cloth a Jesus and a silent witness to his resurrection.

Get a pair of red & blue 3D glasses to see this image in 3D. This is just one of the many unique properties of THE SHROUD OF TURIN, the burial cloth a Jesus and a silent witness to his resurrection. Of course, some say it is not and we can not know for certain. It is and we can.

Special Easter Presentation: T S Eliot’s MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL (1951)

`1 Winner of  the Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival in 1951.

 

 

 

I studied this play in Grade 13 English under one of the best teachers I have met, Paul Walimaki. I took to this like a duck takes to water.

From Wikipedia:

The action occurs between 2 and 29 December 1170, chronicling the days leading up to the martyrdom of Thomas Becket following his absence of seven years in France. Becket’s internal struggle is the main focus of the play.

The book is divided into two parts. Part one takes place in the Archbishop Thomas Becket’s hall on 2 December 1170. The play begins with a Chorus singing, foreshadowing the coming violence. The Chorus is a key part of the drama, with its voice changing and developing during the play, offering comments about the action and providing a link between the audience and the characters and action, as in Greek drama. Three priests are present, and they reflect on the absence of Becket and the rise of temporal power. A herald announces Becket’s arrival. Becket is immediately reflective about his coming martyrdom, which he embraces, and which is understood to be a sign of his own selfishness—his fatal weakness. The tempters arrive, three of whom parallel the Temptations of Christ.

The first tempter offers the prospect of physical safety.

Take a friend’s advice. Leave well alone,
Or your goose may be cooked and eaten to the bone.

The second offers power, riches and fame in serving the King.

To set down the great, protect the poor,
Beneath the throne of God can man do more?

The third tempter suggests a coalition with the barons and a chance to resist the King.

For us, Church favour would be an advantage,
Blessing of Pope powerful protection
In the fight for liberty. You, my Lord,
In being with us, would fight a good stroke

Finally, a fourth tempter urges him to seek the glory of martyrdom.

You hold the keys of heaven and hell.
Power to bind and loose : bind, Thomas, bind,
King and bishop under your heel.
King, emperor, bishop, baron, king:

Becket responds to all of the tempters and specifically addresses the immoral suggestions of the fourth tempter at the end of the first act:

Now is my way clear, now is the meaning plain:
Temptation shall not come in this kind again.
The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

The Interlude of the play is a sermon given by Becket on Christmas morning 1170. It is about the strange contradiction that Christmas is a day both of mourning and rejoicing, which Christians also do for martyrs. He announces at the end of his sermon, “it is possible that in a short time you may have yet another martyr”. We see in the sermon something of Becket’s ultimate peace of mind, as he elects not to seek sainthood, but to accept his death as inevitable and part of a better whole.

Part II of the play takes place in the Archbishop’s Hall and in the Cathedral, 29 December 1170. Four knights arrive with “Urgent business” from the king. These knights had heard the king speak of his frustration with Becket, and had interpreted this as an order to kill Becket. They accuse him of betrayal, and he claims to be loyal. He tells them to accuse him in public, and they make to attack him, but priests intervene. The priests insist that he leave and protect himself, but he refuses. The knights leave and Becket again says he is ready to die. The chorus sings that they knew this conflict was coming, that it had long been in the fabric of their lives, both temporal and spiritual. The chorus again reflects on the coming devastation. Thomas is taken to the Cathedral, where the knights break in and kill him. The chorus laments: “Clean the air! Clean the sky!”, and “The land is foul, the water is foul, our beasts and ourselves defiled with blood.” At the close of the play, the knights step up, address the audience, and defend their actions. The murder was all right and for the best: it was in the right spirit, sober, and justified so that the church’s power would not undermine stability and state power.

A touring company brought MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL to Sault Ste. Marie. Naturally my grade 13 class went to see it. On the stage there were five knights not four. Paul Walimaki, our English teacher, asked the class why we thought the director had changed the symbolism in the play.

Each student gave the answer they thought best.

Walimaki saved me to the last. When I spoke there was a near riot in the classroom. People shouted, “No! No! No! No!”

I found myself in the office of the principal. He said, “You have entirely the wrong attitude…If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks! Where do you think you are going?!”

I replied, “To see if you are right.”

That night in the dead of winter I arrived on the streets of Toronto from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I thought I had a friend in Toronto. I found out I had not.

A few months later a chance encounter led to me meeting the fellow who had played the fifth knight. “What were you doing in MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL?” I asked him. He told me. I discovered I had been right.

“The spoken words have richness as they flow off the cultivated tongues of handsomely costumed performers who, at least, look their medieval roles. Father John Groser, an English cleric, is grandly dignified and benign as the conscientious Archbishop who coolly calculates his martyrdom and Alexander Gauge is forceful as King Henry in a scene especially written for the film. Any number of other English actors are eloquent as Tempters, Priests and Knights, and Mr. Eliot quite effectively puts his own voice (but not his person) into one scene—the key scene, in which the Fourth Tempter persuades Becket to play for martyrdom.”–New York Times.

This is a film of not action but thought. If you understand the ideas at play, the everlasting battle between the state and the individuals it exists to govern, than you understand as well that now is the moment when the state all over the world is at its most triumphant and malign. It is not hard to imagine the thoughts expressed here are close to those Jesusl wrestled with.

Henry II made his man Becket head of the church because Becket had faithfully served his King. What Henry did not understand (and few rulers have ever understood this) is that there are among us men and women who serve faithfully the master under whom they work.

Luke 18:8   New Living Translation (NLT)

8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”  (  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+18%3A+8&version=NLT ).

When I first read, “How many will he find on the earth who have faith?” it was much more powerfully rendered: It was, “Do you think when I return I shall find so much as one person believing?”

I replied, “If in my time, me.”

People think Jesus came to form a new religion. He did not. He came to set us free.

The word “religion” comes from two Latin words. The first is “re” which means “back.” We see this in words like rebate, rebound, regret, refund,  refuse, remember, retaliate…” The second part “ligion” comes from “ligare” which means “to tie.” Our word “ligament” comes from this.

The word “religion” means “to tie back,” “to bind.” That which is tied back, bound is not free.

Words are tools we use for communication. Like all tools if not kept sharp they lose their edge.

The hard truth is that not many take the time to keep their tools sharp. This is something tool manufacturers rely on. It is also something governments rely on.

How often do we hear, “it’s only words?”

We are literally each of us like Christ the word made flesh. Without our words (thoughts) we are simply meat walking around.

When we understand the importance of precision in our thoughts (words) we understand the importance of not lying to ourselves. That teachers in classrooms teach God does not exist and Jesus, if he lived, was but a man reveals the poverty of the Northrup Fryes, the Gretta Vospers, the many like them against the Beckets; against those who knelt to let their heads be severed from the bodies not long ago on the shores of the Mediterranean facing Rome.

Today we see people like Gretta Vosperhttp://www.grettavosper.ca ) turning their backs on the ideas that are at the heart of Becket’s life and death, at the heart of Eliot’s play and at the heart of each of our lives.

This is the crux: To do the right thing not out of fear of punishment (from God, king or employer) nor out of hope for reward (from God, king or employer) but simply because it is the right thing.

When I was younger (in my teens) I chose not to believe in God mainly because the God we are called to believe in ties us back.

Nonetheless, while I chose not to believe in the God all churches would have us believe in intuitively I understood the deeper issues.

I remember clearly the day I was asked, as we all were, to speak extemporaneously (off the cuff) before my grade 11 English class in Chipman, New Brunswick. Our teacher, Mrs. Mills, was a woman not afraid to use the strap. She brooked no license.

As I spoke I saw a word coming out that, if used, meant I would get the strap. I looked for another word. There was not one. I accepted the penalty.

The next day another student (one who literally hated me) used the word I had used.

I went to Mrs. Mills. I said to her, “What are you doing here? Showing me as teacher’s pet?! I used that word yesterday. Nothing happened. He uses it today. He gets the strap. Are you treating me like teacher’s pet?”

She replied in words I have never forgotten. She said, “I watched you choosing. I watched you accepting the responsibility of your action. You were right. It was the right word. He was just walking through the door that you opened.”

In that moment I understood the difference between liberty and license.

People who call themselves Christians see the growing lack of faith around the world as a battle to be fought.

They are wrong. The growing lack of Faith is a sign that the moment when all will finally be understood is drawing near.

T S Elliot understood this.

This is the drama at the center not only of this poem but also at the center of each of our lives.

That so few understand this is not a problem.

It is the will of God.

In his book THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS forensic scientist Frederick T. Zugibe describes the sweating of blood in the garden of Gethsemane that many think as merely metaphor for the physical reality it is: hematidrosis (  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hematidrosis).

As I meditate upon what it is that each of us is called daily to do in our lives I find myself in that garden with Jesus. I may not literally be sweating blood. I do, know, however, what the stakes are.

My father’s family, the Hartts in Minto, New Brunswick, were Roman Catholics. They were then and are now the most respected in the town. My father’s brother, Douglas Hartt, served as Director General of Public Works Canada in the government of Pierre Trudeau.

My mother’s family, the Smiths, were Church of England. Her father was a blacksmith. The car wiped out his trade. Progress rides roughshod over the past. Her mother cleaned houses and washed floors. They literally came from the wrong side of the tracks.

While we lived in New Brunswick we went to the Catholic Church. When we moved to Ontario my mother started taking us to the Church of England. She wanted us all to go there. I refused not because I saw one as better than the other but because she had agreed to raise us as Catholics. She drove a wedge between us. She hammered it home.

At that time I had nothing but contempt for the church. At this time I have nothing but contempt for the church.

I find myself one with Ralph Waldo Emerson who, in ON SELF RELIANCE, wrote, “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. I remember an answer which when quite young I was prompted to make to a valued advisor who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines of the church. On my saying, ‘What do I have with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?’ my friend suggested, ‘–But these impulses may be from below, not from above,’ I replied. ‘They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil’s child, I will then live as one from the Devil.’ No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature. Good and bad are but names transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it…I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.”

Invited to join New York’s prestigious GROUP THEATER ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_Theatre_(New_York)  ) Katharine Hepburn replied, “I want no part of the group dynamic. The group by nature is always second rate.”

I’m with Kate.

So, too, unknowingly as he could never know her, is Becket.

The Rites of Manhood

It’s snowing hard enough that the taxis aren’t running.
I’m walking home, my night’s work finished,
long after midnight, with the whole city to myself,
when across the street I see a very young American sailor
standing over a girl who’s kneeling on the sidewalk
and refuses to get up although he’s yelling at her
to tell him where she lives so he can take her there
before they both freeze. The pair of them are drunk
and my guess is he picked her up in a bar
and later they got separated from his buddies
and at first it was great fun to play at being
an old salt at liberty in a port full of women with
hinges on their heels, but by now he wants only to
find a solution to the infinitely complex
problem of what to do about her before he falls into
the hands of the police or the shore patrol
— and what keeps this from being squalid is
what’s happening to him inside:
if there were other sailors here
it would be possible for him
to abandon her where she is and joke about it
later, but he’s alone and the guilt can’t be
divided into small forgettable pieces;
he’s finding out what it means
to be a man and how different it is
from the way that only hours ago he imagined it.

Alden Nowlan.

ON THE WRITING OF POETRY

A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had started to say them. This is, he does not draw on a reservoir; instead, he engages in an activity that brings to him a whole succession of unforeseen stories, poems, essays, plays, laws, philosophies, religions, or–but wait!

Back in school, from the first when I began to try to write things, I felt this richness. One thing would lead to another; the world would give and give. Now, after twenty years or so of trying, I live by that certain richness, an idea hard to pin, difficult to say, and perhaps offensive to some. For there are
strange implications in it.

One implication is the importance of just plain receptivity. When I write, I like to have an interval before me when I am not likely to be interrupted. For me, this means usually the early morning, before others are awake. I get pen and paper, take a glance out of the window (often it is dark out there), and wait. It is like fishing. But I do not wait very long, for there is always a nibble–and this is where receptivity comes in. To get started I will accept anything that occurs to me. Something always occurs, of course, to any of us. We can’t keep from thinking. Maybe I have to settle for an immediate impression: it’s cold, or hot, or dark, or bright, or in between! Or–well, the possibilities are endless. If I put down something, that thing will help the next thing to come, and I’m off. If I let the process go on, things will occur to me that were not at all in my mind when I started. There things, odd or trivial as they may be, are somehow connected. And if I let them string out, surprising things will happen.

WILLIAM STAFFORD

So many who call themselves poets know not what the words they use means. We get that from Tom Waits in his song, “Down In The Hole”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbqFJuptvE .

Thanks to radio and television prophets who of themselves have rarely wrestled with the words they steal for profit many think walking the strait and narrow is walking the straight and narrow.

It is not.

I read once that a poem is one who chooses the words/thoughts s/he will live by.

In these days when creating lies for mass consumption is both the goal and the reward that we may install pearl handled showers in our bathrooms there are still those born knowing that that is not and never neither goal nor reward.

Atheist Robin Lane Fox writes, “It is by no means impossible that in the thirty years between 1918 and 19148 more Christians died for their faith than in the first 300 years after the Crucifixion.” (pg. 419) PAGANS AND CHRISTIANS.

And since then probably more than in the first 2,000 years after the Crucifixion.

I admire Gretta Vosper for speaking her truth. I would rather listen to one honest atheist than to a thousand dishonest people who call themselves theists.

Nonetheless, I am amazed that the ideas that have inspired men and women throughout the centuries since Galilee to lay down their lives are lost on her.

Atheist Kurt Vonnegut asked by so called theist President Richard Nixon why he cared for people so below his station in life replied, “The Sermon From The Mount.”

As much as the Christian right hates homosexuals homosexual writer put it beautifully when he said, “One does not have to be a Christian to believe in the Sermon From The Mount.”

I meet so many who say they have a personal relationship with Jesus who clearly neither believe in nor practice the ideas Jesus, the Begotten Son Of God, published in The Sermon From The Mount.

“The Pope is the Anti-Christ,” my Protestant classmates told me when I was a kid in New Brunswick.

Today we see more and more Protestant churches denying the Power of God. “We accept Jesus as a man but not as the Divine Son Of God,” they say.

1 John 4:3  New Living Translation (NLT)

3 But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+1+John+4%3A3+&version=NLT

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL is about what it really means to be a human being.

Never under estimate the power of one person to change the world for the better.

All too often that is all that does.

Let that one person be you.

Hope to see you Saturday night at the movies. MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL is the least cinematic great film we can experience. More than anything it is about the Power Of The Word.–Reg Hartt, 3, 2, 2016.

While you are here watching MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL you cam meditate upon THE SHROUD OF TURIN. How anyone can look at this and choose not to see what is written on it is something I do not understand. One day I will.

While you are here watching MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL you can meditate upon THE SHROUD OF TURIN. How anyone can look at this and choose not to see what is written on it is something I do not understand. One day I will.

 

 

 

March 2016 At The Cineforum

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

Saturday, March 5, 12, 19, 26:

7pm: T S Eliot’s MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL (1951)  George Hoellering. This astonishing adaptation of T S Eliot’s classic verse drama recounts the love-hate relationship between twelfth-century British monarch Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett. Featuring a cast of mainly non-professional actors, the voice of Eliot himself, and music by the internationally renowned composer Làszló Lajtha, Hoellering’s exquisitely realized film tells the story of Beckett’s temptations before his murder in Canterbury Cathedral in II70

Sunday,  March 6, 13, 20, 27.

2pm: BARRIE SCHWORTZ – 35 YEARS OF SHROUD SCIENCE: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE (2013)
Plus Fabric Of Time (2007) “This is a well done documentary about the ‘Shroud of Turin’ which uses forensic pathology to support a remarkable theory relating quantum physics/the event horizon to the Resurrection. The presentation by a forensic pathologist to explain the physical evidence on the shroud is very convincing. The theory that the evidence on the shroud, when interpreted in light of current principles of quantum physics, might prove the Resurrection, is equally compelling. A definite ‘must see’ for both skeptics and believers.”–Kay Burningham, Attorney, Author of “An American Fraud: One Lawyer’s Case against Mormonism.”

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

7pm: Kitchen Talk: Reg Hartt: WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD

7pm: GREED (1924) Erich Von Stroheim plus THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1920) Rex Ingram.

Monday, Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

7pm: BUSTER KEATON FILM FESTIVAL 50 years ago in 1966 Buster passed. He left us an amazing body of work.

Tuesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

7pm: DAVID BOWIE FILM FEST

Wednesday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU (1922) set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A & OK COMPUTER] plus THE VAMPIRE FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

7pm: HISTORY OF ANIMATION ORGY: From The Beginning Until Now.