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Japanese Divas: The Great Actresses of Japanese Cinema’s Golden Age at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean January 21, 2013 0 Comment 5480 views

Discussions and retrospectives about Japanese cinema typically (and rightfully) revolve around powerhouse directors. The films of Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa, Keisuke Kinoshita, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Yasuzo Masumura routinely populate art house screens. But we all know, even in patriarchal societies, women wield the real power, right? TIFF Cinematheque aims to […]

Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean January 17, 2013 2 Comments 3545 views

Though The Nikkatsu Corporation is Japan’s oldest movie studios, it might be the country’s most innovative and edgiest movie studio. Thanks to the Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu programme screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox this winter, Torontonians get a rare retrospective glance into a Japan filled with tough-guy gangsters and bad girls in action-packed […]

Hey TIFF, Silent Movies Were Never Actually Silent

Posted by Brandy Dean December 27, 2012 2 Comments 3730 views

I woke up early(ish) this morning to be sure I had breakfast before heading out to a screening of David Copperfield (1913) at TIFF Bell Lightbox. This movie screened as part of TIFF Cinematheque’s Dickens on Screen lineup and this silent film fan was pretty stoked to see it. David Copperfield is not the most […]

Dickens on Screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean December 5, 2012 0 Comment 1572 views

As part of the global fete of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, TIFF Cinematheque is launching a retrospective of the famed author’s various screen incarnations. From the famous to the rare, from the classic to the contemporary, “Dickens on Screen” promises to be a rare treat for the film and literary lover alike. (Psst – there […]

Wings to Screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Posted by Brandy Dean November 26, 2012 0 Comment 1832 views

As part of TIFF Cinematheue’s Hollywood Classics series, William A. Wellman’s Wings will get special screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Where does one even start when talking about Wings? It was a big-budget Paramount release in 1927, starring “It” girl Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, and […]

PCF mentioned on the See You Next Wednesday Podcast

Posted by Brandy Dean November 15, 2012 0 Comment 1192 views

There are lots of people in this world that just love, love. love movies. They will spend an enormous amount of time seeing them, talking about them, writing about them. They’ll listen to podcasts, make podcasts, and start websites. But, in my experience, even a lot of die hard movie lovers will say, “Oh, but […]

The White Shadow is Streaming Now!

Posted by Brandy Dean November 15, 2012 0 Comment 1868 views

Remember how 3 reels of the 6 reel The White Shadow were discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive? And how we all got excited because this is the earliest surviving work of Sir Alfred Hitchcock, who worked as the assistant director, art director, editor and writer? And then do you remember the For the […]

Go Lillian Gish, It’s Your Birthday!

Posted by Brandy Dean October 14, 2012 0 Comment 3003 views

Lillian Gish, the incomparable Lillian Gish, was born on October 14, 1893. Seem like just yesterday, doesn’t it? Celebrate with some of my other posts about Miss Gish, a clip from one of my favorite movies, Broken Blossoms, and some lovely photos of the lovely Lillian. PCF on Lillian Gish Watch: The Mothering Heart (1913) […]

Happy Birthday Buster Keaton

Posted by Brandy Dean October 4, 2012 0 Comment 3729 views

Well well well – happy birthday Buster Keaton! It seems like it happens once every year… today is Buster Keaton’s birthday. Had he been Canadian with ready access to cost effective health care, he would be 117 years old today. Even though it’s Buster’s birthday, we gets all the gifts, i.e. the marvelous films that […]

First Keystone Productions Release is 100 Years Old Today

Posted by Brandy Dean September 23, 2012 0 Comment 2258 views

The first Keystone production hit movie screens on September 23, 1912. Released through Mutual, this one reel of film held two silent shorts Cohen Collects a Debt and The Water Nymph. Of course, we all know what happened from there. It’s hard to over estimate the impact of Mack Sennett, sometimes referred to as the […]

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