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“The best part of what Reg Hartt offers  is what he has to say.” —Jane Jacobs

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“The function of the artist is to disturb. His duty is to arouse the sleeper, to shake the complacent killers of the world. He reminds the world of its dark ancestry, shows the world its present and points the way to its new birth. He is at once the product and preceptor of his time… In a world terrified of change, he preaches revolution – the principle of life. He is an agitator, a disturber of the peace – quick, impatient, positive, restless and disquieting. He is the creative spirit of life, working in the soul of men.”—Norman Bethune.


Before transforming into a traveling troubadour he worked in the film industry, which eventually led him to the Cineforum, the legendary Toronto theater 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.”


“I honestly believe Reg Hartt is the greatest teacher I know. For confirmation of everything he says read David Mamet’s TRUE AND FALSE.”—Emo Philips.


“Reg Hartt has a feel for film unique in this country…genius level.”—Elwy Yost.

“Reg Hartt has had an amazing impact given the size of the venue and the esoteric nature of the programming. He’s had an incredible impact on the city. No one else is doing it. No one else has ever done it.”–Rob Salem (Toronto Star)

“Reg Hart 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 over the banal and soporific of the original and provoking.”– Michael Valpy in THE GLOBE AND MAIL.

“Some audience members were visibly distressed by the frequency and force of Hartt’s interjections into the program but it is clearly his chosen way of doing things, and the payoff in information is worth it.”– Paul McGrath, THE GLOBE AND

 “I am a friend of Reg Hartt. So is anyone who can appreciate a man who teaches the way Neal Cassady drove a bus. I mean that, where you have style wrapped around content and tied with a ribbon of beat improvisation, there you have angels. Harvey Pekar was an angel. And I’ve never met anyone with wings who did not have an ego. Nor is this an easy town for a man who is larger than life, and does not to suffer fools.You might like to know that the friends of Reg Hartt included the non-fool-suffering Jane Jacobs, who knew a thing or two about what, and who, makes life worth living in the city; that’s good enough for me.”—Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star.

“In Toronto, I discovered by chance, Cineforum. Pure chance but a fortunate one. In that small room exhaling culture, passion and dedication, I watched the movie TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, an important historical, political and social document., and real artistic achievement….As a journalist (in Romania) I worked in the cultural field, including film reviews. Therefore I came to the Cineforum not just as a movie lover, but as a knowledgeable professional…We live in an era authoritatively dominated by brainwashing and political correctness…I admired Reg Hartt’s courage and passion put in searching out and defending the human truth, the artistic truth, the historical truth; the Truth and unveiling it…Discovering Reg Hartt and his Cineforum was one of the most important events of my visit in Toronto.”– JULIA SCUTARU, retired journalist, Bucharest, Romania, 2000.

GREG WILLIAMS, MA (Ph, D. Candidate), President, University College Film Society, and Chairman of the Subcommittee for film, U. C. Symposium: I wish we had more time to chat together last night about our respective (and mutual) interests in film. ‘Cineforum’ has attained the status of an institution; it represents an achievement of which you should rightly feel proud. I can only hope the ‘University College Film Society’ will someday approximate its success and that I will, personally, match your inspired delivery as a master of ceremonies. As a newcomer to the business of arranging film programs, so far I am your equal perhaps only in enthusiasm. Thus I find your presentations to be not only exceptional in their content but also edifying in their execution. As an academic (in the field of English) I am also impressed by the high scholarly standard that pervades your informed and witty introductions. I frequently wonder if you have ever considered writing a history…some very good books have been written…but no text has dealt with it in a definitive way. A marshaling of your knowledge would, I am certain, produce a very fine volume indeed.”

“This man has devoted his whole life to bringing the film to the public. He treats animation-cartoons, if you will-as art. He is underfinanced, overworked and snubbed. I think we should pay tribute to him.”– DAVID BEARD, owner CINEBOOKS, quoted in THE TORONTO STAR, Nov. l, l979

“(REG) Hartt is acknowledged as a phenomenon in the community. He is someone who does not rely on government grants, subsidies or institutional protection to generate his film activities. He depends entirely on his intelligence, talent and resourcefulness. His events are produced with care and good sense, in a clean and friendly atmosphere and with an almost avuncular consideration for his fans, As a film officer for the National Film Board of Canada for 30 years, I have seldom seen anyone who added so much substance and passion to the cultural fabric of our society as he has done with his lectures and presentations.”– DOUGLAS ELIUK, education officer NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, formerly Canada’s Cultural Attaché to America, .


Bernie Farber, the national director of community relations for the Canadian Jewish Congress, said he has attended a Toronto screening of the film by Mr. Hartt and agrees it is an educational experience.

“TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, unfortunately and very tragically, was one of the most important propaganda pieces ever made. Nazism was nothing if not for its propaganda machine…

“It laid the groundwork for the German public to accept Nazism, and these are things that have to be studied, in terms of how film can affect people in that way.”–TELEGRAPH JOURNAL, September 20, 1995.

Some time ago I attended a showing of the Nazi propaganda film of Adolf Hitler’s 1934 Nuremberg rally  in a program put on by Reg Hartt (who) prefaced the film with an excellent commentary on the frightening ski11 with which expert propagandists can manipulate and fool unwary, credulous or self—deceived viewers, with this film as an outstanding example of such devilish skill • I thought the program was eminently educational, indeed almost a necessary form of education in the sense that it so vividly and effectively inoculated viewers against accepting propaganda at face value • The program went beyond the all—too—common hassle over “good” versus “bad” propaganda because it was anti propaganda of any sort: anti—manipulation.

I understand that complaints against repeat programs of this material, illustrating this same anti-propaganda theme, may cause Mr. Hartt to lose his exhibition. I am sorry to hear this, if only because I am sorry to hear of such a misunderstanding of these programs and of Mr. Hartt’s a purpose and point of view. He is anything but a fascist or admirer of fascism. He fears it, and fears that modern—day fascists may successfully manipulate many people: not necessarily an unreasonable fear… Reflect on what Mr. Hartt is doing and an its educational usefulness for those who will listen to what he says and then observe the demonic illustrations of his point. Anyone who does that, I think, must forever after be suspicious of being sold a seductive propaganda bill of goods.–Sincerely, Jane Jacobs.

“Reg Hartt is a Crazy-Wisdom-Yogin. He is someone who is living absolutely the life he is teaching. As a Buddhist that is the highest compliment I can pay.”—Jerzy Zaborski (Who accompanied the Dalai Lama on his first journey across Canada. There should be a flame after his name to indicate his rank).

Reg Hartt is numbered among the top 50 best/most famous orators of all time.

Never ask for permission. Always ask for forgiveness.




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