The Westdale Film Talks

We love the art of filmmaking at The Westdale! Since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people watch movies, we have produced dozens of Film Talks online. We ask you to watch a film on your own and then experience the film talk about learning about the film’s history and the filmmaking process.

Explore film noir with Fred Fuchs 

Fred is an independent film & television producer focusing on the development, financing, and production of films and television series for international audiences. He spent 20 years living and working in California, 10 years as the President of American Zoetrope Studios and was Executive Producer of 17 feature films including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan De Marco, The Virgin Suicides and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. He was the Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC in Toronto where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of major television series. Current feature projects include: LITTLE ITALY, MONKEY BEACH, THE VIRTUOSO, and MILTON’S SECRET.

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April 2021

The Awful Truth (1937) Love & the Screwball Comedy Film Talk Series

Director: Leo McCarey Writers: Viña Delmar, Arthur Richman Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy A married couple files for an amicable divorce, but find it harder to let go of each other than they initially thought. With this 1937 film from director Leo McCarey, the quickly blossoming screwball sub-genre recruited one of its giants: Cary Grant. Before this film, Grant had impressed in supporting roles but had not yet quite hit the big time. The Awful Truth changed all…

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May 2021

The Lady Eve (1941) Love & the Screwball Comedy Film Talk Series

Director: Preston Sturges Writers: Monckton Hoffe, Preston Sturges Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn A lady cardsharp tries to con an eccentric scientist only to fall for him. Let loose to direct his own screenplays with The Great McGinty in 1940 (he sold his script for $1 on condition he sit in the director’s chair himself), Preston Sturges proceeded to skip through seven peerless comedies in five years before his energy finally began to wane. The third of these,…

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What’s Up, Doc? (1972) Love & the Screwball Comedy Film Talk Series

Director: Peter Bogdanovich Writers: Buck Henry, David Newman Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. When Peter Bogdanovich got the opportunity to make a film with Barbra Streisand, who had seen and admired the writer-director's 1971 hit The Last Picture Show, his key idea was to showcase her in a picture inspired by '30s and '40s screwball comedies like Bringing Up…

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