Category Archives: Cinema, video & DVDs

Toronto Symphony Ratatouille

I’ve been loving the live performances of film-scores accompanying screenings of films presented by the Toronto Symphony over the past couple of years.  They set up a huge screen above the stage, the orchestra assembles in their usual place, but … Continue reading

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Thirteen questions for James Quandt, Senior Programmer, TIFF Cinematheque

  James Quandt is the Senior Programmer for TIFF Cinematheque.  He has curated hundreds of directorial retrospectives, national surveys and thematic programmes that have contributed to the interest in and revival of forgotten masters and films, has been with TIFF since the … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach: Straub & Huillet @ tiff

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach is the original title of the 1967 film by Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, that I just saw on a new 35 mm print, courtesy of TIFF / Bell Lightbox, in anticipation of an upcoming … Continue reading

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Perlman’s Cinema Serenade: vol 1 & 2

You think you know someone, what they’re all about, and what they really like. That can be true of your friends, or of famous artists, where they surprise you with a hidden dimension, an unexpected interest. I thought I knew … Continue reading

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Amy’s Requiem, in the season of mourning

Ahead? the return of Bernard Labadie, who was sick and is getting better. Saturday he’ll conduct the first of the Mozart @ 260 concerts with the TSO, next week conducting their adventurous staging of the Mozart Requiem. Behind? A week … Continue reading

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Mr Turner: painter, paintings, movie

There is a scene in the first half hour of Mike Leigh’s recent film Mr Turner, juxtaposing the creative ambitions of amateurs and professionals. We see Timothy Spall as Turner, greeting a noble on his estate. Another person –likely another … Continue reading

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Back to the Future, live with Toronto Symphony

“Great Scott! After thirty years we find ourselves being sent Back to the Future. This time the re-entry is in the concert hall…” So said composer Alan Silvestri in his program note for showings this weekend of Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 … Continue reading

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