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The CineForum/The Public Enemy. 463 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9. Donation $10. $20 over 24.

Animated Cartoons 7pm Saturday, August 6, 13, 20 27.

Great artists never ask for permission. Being told not to do something is, for them, the best reason to do it. One day a producer walked into the office of animation director Chuck Jones. He said, “Bulls are not funny. Don’t make any pictures with bulls.” Jones made a brilliant film with a bull. When the great animation director Tex Avery left Warner Brothers because a gag had been cut from one of his films his new boss Fred Quimby said to him, “We do not want your Warner Brothers rowdiness in our MGM pictures.” Realizing it would not be cool to quit Tex set out to get fired. His films were explosive hits. They were so good he couldn’t get fired. He revolutionized animation. When Walt Disney began making films everyone saw him as a hick from the stix. In this program, drawn from my vast animation archive, I will show you each film uncut, exactly as its creator wanted us to see it. I am really annoyed that I can’t see FANTASIA (1940) the way Walt Disney made it. I am also annoyed that one of Disney’s greatest risks, SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946), is too much for TV and home video. —Reg Hartt

SILENT FILMS, 5pm Sunday, August 7, 14, 21, 28.

I bought this for my archive. It is a stunner:  ,   .

I love silent films. Of course, they are not really silent. The silent period put tons of musicians to work. Join me.

MARLENE DIETRICH 7pm Monday, August 8, 15, 22, 29.

Marlene Dietrich was her own person. Of how many can that be said?

ROCHDALE COLLEGE (Spoken word with film) 9pm Monday, August 8, 15, 22, 29.

Rochdale College in Toronto was the boldest experiment in alternate education ever before or since. As part of its mandate the government allowed the use of hashish, LSD, marijuana, mescaline and peyote. Rochdale was 18 floors straight up. It was also a residence.  People lived there. Boy, did they live there! The higher up we went the higher we got. Rochdale was murdered by the              yellow journalism of the media. After its death when people in the media did stories on me they said, “We will leave out Rochdale”

I said, “Why? I am proud of my work there. Being part of Rochdale was the most important thing I ever did.”At Rochdale there were no teachers. Each of us was called to be our own teacher.

“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

Stay out of school.—Reg Hartt

FAMOUS MONSTERS 7pm Tuesday, August 9, 16, 23, 30.

My mother refused to let me see horror and science fiction films. My teachers told me such films were in bad taste. “It is good taste not bad taste which is the enemy,” said Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. They are right. I’m with them.

Perhaps God wanted Abraham to say, “No.” 9pm Tuesday, August 9, 16, 23, 30. Spoken word.

NOSFERATU, A Symphony Of Fear (1922) 7pm Wednesday, August 10, 17, 24, 31.

NOSFERATU: A Symphony Of Fear (1922) Presented with a soundtrack created from the macabre music of the world’s greatest composers: Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Scriabin, Richard Wagner and more by Reg Hartt. This presentation truly is a Symphony of Fear.

NOSFERATU: A Symphony Of Fear (1922) was ordered destroyed by the courts after the widow of Bram Stoker sued the film’s producers claiming it was an unauthorized version of DRACULA. It was. The best never ask for permission. Luckily an anarchist answered to a higher law.  Henri Langlois, creator of La Cinémathèque Française,    after whom my work in Toronto was modeled starting in 1968) saved a copy. The film celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. See it at The CineForum aka THE PUBLIC ENEMY. “When an English artist of any value arises they are always seen as Public Enemy Number One.”—Henry Miller.   

How I Used Love and laughter to end my father’s beatings (He damn near killed me). 9pm Wednesday, August 10, 17, 24, 31. Spoken word. At 13 I knew that if I struck my father I would become what I hated.

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.
Philip Larkin, “This Be the Verse” from Collected Poems. Copyright © Estate of Philip Larkin.  Reprinted by permission of Faber and Faber, Ltd.
Source: Collected Poems (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2001)
Salvador Dali & Luis Bunuel, 7pm Thursday, August 11, 18, 25.

Surrealist Films by Salvador Dali & Luis Bunuel: One morning in Paris in 1929 on the way to breakfast Salvador Dali met fellow Spaniard Luis Bunuel. They decided to make a film. “Our film is an Iberian dagger we shall plunge deep into the breast of witty and intellectual Paris,” said Dali. “Our film is an impassioned plea to the audience to commit murder.” Said Bunuel. They did not ask for permission. Their second film provoked riots. It was banned worldwide. The Roman Catholic Church condemned it as blasphemous pornography. For decades it could only be seen when someone, as I am doing now, offered it in the privacy of their home.–Reg Hartt.

WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD 9pm Thursday, August 11, 18, 25.                 

As a kid growing up I believed what I was told in school. I believed what I read in the papers. I believed what I heard on the radio. I believed what I saw on the TV news.

Then, in 1968 at Rochdale College in Toronto I dropped acid for the first time. The French thinker Montesquieu said, “We get three educations. The first is from our parents; the second is from our schoolmasters. The third is from life. The last makes liars of the first two.” This is true.

Jane Jacobs, my friend, said, “I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.” Yes, it is. Like the robe Jesus wore.