Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sep 26, 10AM: THE APARTMENT, Fifth Avenue

In May I launched a summer movie-watching project, 34 Films I DO Want To See Before I Die. Now, I didn't see nearly as many films as I have other summers, and as for the project, I'm afraid I bogged down midway through RASHOMON. But of the half-dozen I saw (of the dozen or so I had left to see), I acquired three great favourites: SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, SUNSET BOULEVARD, and - chief among them, cock full o' soul food - THE APARTMENT. In fact, the three make a fascinating mid-century triptych about ambition, celebrity and power, toadyism and compromise. And all three are classic "city pictures" - vintage portraits of New York or Los Angeles, with the city a palpable, specific presence. / Well, THE APARTMENT is on the big screen this Saturday morning, with a fascinating talkback, in our favourite cinema, sponsored by our favourite video emporium - Videomatica! "I love the smell of popcorn in the morning!"


Visit Fifth Avenue Cinemas the last Saturday of every month for the most memorable films from Hollywood's Golden Age, followed by a Q&A with film critic Jim Gordon. This is a great opportunity for film students and movie fans to enjoy classic films and learn about the process of how they came to be.

The Next Film: The Apartment - Saturday, September 26th at 10AM

Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Apartment is legendary writer/director Billy Wilder at his scathing, satirical best, and one of "the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out" (Newsweek). C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to success in business...it's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.

Tickets are only $7. For more information, please visit festivalcinemas.ca

Co-sponsored by Videomatica

The films that will be presented are:
The Apartment - September 26th
The Graduate - October 31st
The Hustler - November 28th


Want to win free tickets?


WHAT: Tickets to select films at Jim Gordon's Classic Cinema
WHERE: Fifth Avenue Cinemas
WHEN: Various

HOW TO ENTER: Please e-mail contests@videomatica.ca include the following information.

Your Name
Your Phone Number
Your E-mail Address
"Jim Gordon's Classic Cinema" in the subject line

Contest closes on Wednesday, September 23rd at 1PM. Eligible winners will be contacted by e-mail

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