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Reg Hartt Presents THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE MOVIES

Tuesday, October 8, 15.

5pm: THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES

7pm: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

9pm: THE MAD MAGICIAN 3D

The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst below College across from The Beer Store. 416-603-6643. 17+.

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

“Film students should stay as far away from film schools and film teachers as possible, The best school for the cinema IS the cinema. The best cinema is the Paris Cinémathèque Française. The best teacher is Henri Langlois.”–Bernardo Bertolucci.

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

Motion picture theatres were once built to seat thousands. Today they are built to seat hundreds. The movies as a medium are dead. They have been for a long time now.

It’s time to bring them back to life.

You can’t learn the art of seizing and holding the attention of an audience in a classroom. Get out of school.–Reg Hartt

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