Category Archives: Current Events

BACK TO SCHOOL: PUTTING ONE’S BEST FOOT FORWARD!

                                                     A 50′s co-ed, working late!

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A REAL DEAL THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT : KIM NGUYEN’S WAR WITCH

In 2011, Montreal filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, traveled to the Democratic Congo Republic to film his scenario/screenplay, War Witch. In 2012, it garnered Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture and Best … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF LEOS CARAX

The past few days we’ve been at TIFF many times to see the full output of a largely unappreciated film master, Leos Carax (b. 1960). Here we shall only try to briefly get to the nub of this complex, incisive … Continue reading

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THE LABEQUES: CLASSICAL MUSIC AND A CHANGING WORLD

Katia and Marielle Labeque, sisters, duo pianist virtuosos and celebrities, turned many heads in the classical music orbit of the 1980′s and 1990′s with their vivacious musicality coming out of a strong commitment to the music of George Gershwin. At … Continue reading

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YANG FUDONG’S NEW WOMEN: COMMUNING WITH NEW FILMMAKING

Amidst all the buzz of anticipation about the Toronto Film Festival in September, something very quiet and very engaging has settled into the exhibition space at TIFF. Chinese visual artist and filmmaker, Yang Fudong, was commissioned by TIFF to develop … Continue reading

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LOLA, AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL IN A NEW-FASHIONED FILM

Today we’re looking at a movie more than fifty years old, and as fresh as the day it was introduced in 1961. The fact that it has vanished from view as far as the world at large is concerned, lends … Continue reading

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THE EDGY SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN—DESIGNING FOR BALANCE

You may think designing shoes would be a fairly straightforward craft. But one designer in that field has chosen to make it a mystery. And we can thank our lucky stars he has!

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JAMES TURRELL: AN ARTIST SPANNING THE BIG AND THE SMALL

James Turrell is a California artist who brings to us the generally unsuspected sophistication of the wherewithal of the West Coast. His work is about the play of light, including sunlight, a commodity he would have been richly imbued with … Continue reading

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!

PETER EWART (1918-2001) During his studies in the late 1930s, at the Commercial Illustration Studio in New York, Ewart became especially fascinated by poster luminaries, A.M. Cassandre (eg. Normandie) and Tom Purvis (eg.Austin Reed).

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SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING OLD: THE DANCES OF MARK MORRIS

Mark Morris is a brilliant and deservedly renowned choreographer, no doubt about it. His devising of dance vocabulary for the individual and for groups sends through his programs silky kaleidoscopic jet streams endowing his kinetic architecture with an unmistakably contemporary … Continue reading

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