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Films & Talks At The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Street, Toronto. 416-603-6643. All programs 19+. (B.Y.O.B.)

Cineforum – Heritage Toronto

Thursday, July 19, 26.

5pm: LE PATIN LIBRE AT THE GUELPH FESTIVAL OF DANCE 2016 (2016) Reg Hartt. Alexandre Hamel arrived at The Cineforum in 2004 to see THE DARKSIDE OF OZ. “You look just like Walt Disney’s PINOCCHIO,” Reg Hartt said to him. Alex replied, “I’m playing the tail end of the whale in WALT DISNEY ON ICE.” After a career as a figure skater Alex figured that would be how he ended his life. He asked if he could live at The Cineforum. The rest, as they say, is history. Let Alex tell you himself: , . LE PATIN LIBRE is one of the many new ideas born out of THE CINEFORUM.

DAVID BOWIE FILM FESTIVAL. David Bowie was a consummate artist.

7pm: THE HUNGER (1983), .

9pm: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976) , .

Saturday, July 21, 28.

5pm: FILMS WITH AND ABOUT JANE JACOBS Jane Jacobs and her family walked into the life of Reg Hartt in 1968, the year she and her family arrived in Toronto.

“Old ideas are sometimes found in new buildings. New ideas, by necessity, are found in old, run down buildings.”–Jane Jacobs.

“Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about.”–Laura Lind, EYE Weekly.

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–hXw8       .

Bleeding Hartt excerpt

Jane Jacobs On Reg Hartt

For those who have read (and, more importantly understood) her books, THE CINEFORUM is a necessary Mecca. Jane Jacobs loved Reg Hartt. The City of Toronto has been at war with Reg Hartt for decades.

Petunia and the Vipers Toronto Has No Hartt

7pm: FILMS MADE BY SALVADOR DALI WITH LUIS BUNUEL AND WALT DISNEY. Told by his teachers he had no talent Dali replied, “You are not fit to judge me.” In 1929 and 1930 Dali made two films with Luis Bunuel. Of the first Dali said, “Our film is an Iberian dagger to be plunged deep into the breast of witty and intellectual Paris.” Their second film was banned world wide after the Paris and London premiere. Wrote Henry Miller of it, “Pure cinema and nothing but.” In the 1940s Dali met Walt Disney by chance. Disney said, “Come make a film with me.”

Sunday, July 22, 29.

2pm: THE SCIENCE OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN. . Conventionally viewed as a relic THE SHROUD OF TURIN is the single most important historical, religious and scientific document we have. Here is the BBC documentary that made me decide I wanted a replica of it:   . Raised as an Orthodox Jew Barrie Schwortz was perplexed when asked to join a team of American scientists who went to Italy in 1978 to study The Shroud. They brought with them two tons of equipment. Said Barrie, “We thought we’d give it 15 minutes and then walk out laughing.” They did not laugh. Most of them then gave and have given it the rest of their lives. I bought my authorized SHROUD REPLICA directly from Barrie. It hangs here in my hall: . After acquiring it I bought every book and video I could find. Barrie has not become a Jew For Jesus as a result of his work with The Shroud (nor should he). We are called to become something much harder by Jesus than a Christian. We are called to become our selves. What is that? Well, that is what I am discovering. Join me.

5pm: THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL. 3D gets a bum rap. It is an exciting medium. The best place to learn about it is here:  . In Canada the best place to see the films you’ve read about there is here. Join me. I have loved 3D since I first stumbled upon a 3D viewer in a barn as a kid. I looked and went, “WOW!” I’m still going, “WOW!”

7pm: THE BEST OF THE SEX & VIOLENCE CARTOON FESTIVAL. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck with all their parts. THE SEX & VIOLENCE CARTOON FESTIVAL is a look at great Hollywood Cartoons we can no longer see uncut on TV. Some of the films in this program are banned which means we can’t see them at all. This is not so much a hymn to sex and violence as it is a testimony to the idiocy of censorship.

Monday, July 23, 30.

5pm: THE FILMS OF W. C. FIELDS When I first saw a movie with W. C. Fields on television I did not like it. Then when I programmed his work at Rochdale College in the 1970s and saw his pictures with an audience I was astounded. Movies are not meant to be seen alone. They are designed to be sitting with an ocean of strangers around us. I now have in THE CINEFORUM collection nearly every film Fields appeared in. “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.”–W. C. Fields. For more quotes go here:   . To see films most can only read about come to The Cineforum. Bring a friend. They will thank you after. (B.Y.O.B.)

7pm: THE SURREALIST FILM FEST. . Shocking films designed to wake up the sleeping masses. When people are forced to wake up they wake up angry. Many of the films in this program were banned.

Tuesday, July 24, 31.

5pm: THE FILMS OF BUSTER KEATON . Like just about everybody I grew up with no idea who Buster Keaton was. Once I discovered him I wanted not only to see all his work but also (and more, importantly) to learn everything I could about him. Buster liked his drink. (B.Y.O.B.).

7pm: KID DRACULA Experience the great silent film version of DRACULA, F. W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922) to a score created by Reg Hartt from the music of RADIOHEAD’S KID A and OK Computer.

9pm: THE DARKSIDE OF OZ Experience THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) to Pink Floyd’s DARKSIDE OF THE MOON.

Wednesday, July 25, August 1.

1pm: THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) D. W. Griffith. Rescored by Reg Hartt. “No one scores silent films better than Reg Hartt.”–Shirley Hughes, Toronto Silent Film Festival. Special Reg Hartt Intro: Why THE BIRTH OF A NATION remains the most important film in the history of the movies.

5pm: THE FILMS OF LUIS BUNUELñuel  . Bunuel ranks number 13 on the list of the world’s top directors. Bring a friend and a bottle of Spanish wine.

7pm: Herman Hesse SIDDHARTHA (1972) The film of Hesse’s novel. In 1968 I began studying an ancient Chinese Oracle called THE  I CHING. It teaches that learning and doing must be one or both become sterile. That same year there were riots in Paris after Henri Langlois was kicked out The Cinémathèque Française by the French government:émathèque_Française  . Reading about him I decided to give Toronto what Langlois had given Paris. Is it a coincidence my work in Toronto has also been under constant attack by the city? I think not. Also, in 1968, I went to newly opened Rochdale College (  ) to meet Judith Merril who edited THE YEAR’S BEST SF:     . Meeting me Judy said, “You belong here.” At Rochdale each Rochdalian was called to be their own teacher. What has all this to do with Herman Hesse’s SIDDHATHA? In it Hesse calls us to become our own teachers.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday July 21–August

9pm: Reg Hartt: WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD. Timothy Leary to Aldous Huxley, “We have not talked about sex on LSD.” Aldous Huxley to Timothy Leary, “We are in enough trouble. Don’t let that cat out of the bag.” I learned a helluva lot with LSD. It is my pleasure to share that knowledge.

THE CITY OF TORONTO has tried for decades to shut down Reg Hartt.

The City Should leave Reg Hartt alone:

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The Cineforum: Reg Hartt and Toronto’s Alternative Film Scene

Last picture show may be looming for Reg Hartt By Bruce DeMara

Cineforum deserves a happy ending to its saga: Keenan By Edward Keenan Columnist

Fiorito: We gotta have Hartt By Joe Fiorito Columnist

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