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January 2023

Tampopo

Part of our World Masterworks Food in Film Series hosted by Jeffrey Bender Join us for a cinematic banquet of the senses with three extraordinary films from world cinema that will leave you hungry for more! Jeffrey Bender Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. Watch the movie and stay for…

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February 2023

Burst City

The Way of the Sword: From boom to bust: Japanese cinema in the 1980s  Hosted by Ryan Ferguson Japan was the envy of the world in the 1980s, as the second-largest economy on the planet, Japan became the hub of the global dream. Status and style became the de rigueur stand-ins for culture, and a nationwide party that began in the 60s was hurtling towards its inevitable crash of the early 90s. Under the surface, Japanese filmmakers' sensitivity to growing…

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Design for Living

Part of our Screwball Comedy Series with Fred Fuchs Emerging in the 1930s, Screwball Comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos.  We've curated five hilarious films that exemplify the genre. We'll delve into what makes a great Screwball Comedy, the production, artists, and story of each film. Fred Fuchs A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the founder and Chair of the…

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To Kill a Tiger

Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 pm Q&A with director Nisha Pahuja moderated by Alysha Main  Nisha Pahuja was born in New Delhi and raised in Toronto. She has directed the documentaries Bollywood Bound (02), Diamond Road (07), and >The World Before Her (12). To Kill A Tiger (22) is her most recent film. Photo credit: Mrinal-Desa   Official Selection Canada's Top 10, Toronto International FIlm Festival, (2022) In a small Indian village, Ranjit wakes up to find that his 13-year-old daughter has not returned from a family…

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Blue Island

“What does Hong Kong mean to you…?” That’s the question hanging over Chan Tze Woon’s memorable film, a confident and enormously accomplished follow-up to his debut, Yellowing. Named Best International Documentary at the recent Hot Docs festival, Blue Island takes a longer view on China’s authoritarian crackdown on the democracy movement. Chan asks modern day activists to play protesters and militants from earlier generations in dramatic reconstructions, drawing out parallels between today’s struggle and the arrival of refugees from mainland China 50 years…

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Babette’s Feast

Part of our World Masterworks Food in Film Series hosted by Jeffrey Bender Join us for a cinematic banquet of the senses with three extraordinary films from world cinema that will leave you hungry for more! Jeffrey Bender Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. Watch the movie and stay for…

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‘Top Hat’ 4th Anniversary Fundraiser

We're throwing a party, and you are invited! It's been a few years since we celebrated our anniversary in style, and this year will top them all. The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band will kick the evening off with jazz standards from the 1930s while guests enjoy a glass of sparkling wine from Peller Estates, chocolates from Walkers Chocolates, and of course, our famous popcorn! We'll then introduce one of the most stunning romantic musical comedies of all time, Irving…

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Romeo + Juliet

Part of our Music in Film Series with Alysha Main Featured Musical Guest: Amanda De Freitas Immerse yourself in a big-screen audio-visual experience with the greatest moments in music ever captured on film.  This season, host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the making of music documentaries, concert films, and movies with iconic soundtracks.  A live performance by a musical guest accompanies each screening. Alysha Main Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, Event Manager, DJ, and…

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Rear Window

Six by the Master of Suspense! A Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock Hosted by Jeffrey Bender Hitchcock remains one of the twentieth century's most recognized and successful filmmakers. His career spanned six decades and over fifty films, from early silent cinema to his masterpieces of suspense in Hollywood. Hitchcock's passion for technical innovation and visual narrative helped shape the development of modern cinema. Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our…

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March 2023

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

The Way of the Sword: From boom to bust: Japanese cinema in the 1980s  Hosted by Ryan Ferguson Japan was the envy of the world in the 1980s, as the second-largest economy on the planet, Japan became the hub of the global dream. Status and style became the de rigueur stand-ins for culture, and a nationwide party that began in the 60s was hurtling towards its inevitable crash of the early 90s. Under the surface, Japanese filmmakers’ sensitivity to growing…

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My Man Godfrey

Part of our Screwball Comedy Series with Fred Fuchs Emerging in the 1930s, Screwball Comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos.  We've curated five hilarious films that exemplify the genre. We'll delve into what makes a great Screwball Comedy, the production, artists, and story of each film. Fred Fuchs A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the founder and Chair of the…

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9 to 5

Part of our Music in Film Series with Alysha Main celebrating INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Special Musical Guests: The Redhill Valleys Immerse yourself in a big-screen audio-visual experience with the greatest moments in music ever captured on film.  This season, host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the making of music documentaries, concert films, and movies with iconic soundtracks.  A live performance by a musical guest accompanies each screening. Alysha Main Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor,…

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The Lady Eve

SPECIAL SUNDAY MATINEE FILM TALK Part of our Screwball Comedy Series with Fred Fuchs Emerging in the 1930s, Screwball Comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos.  We've curated five hilarious films that exemplify the genre. We'll delve into what makes a great Screwball Comedy, the production, artists, and story of each film. Fred Fuchs A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the…

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Vertigo

Six by the Master of Suspense! A Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock Hosted by Jeffrey Bender Hitchcock remains one of the twentieth century’s most recognized and successful filmmakers. His career spanned six decades and over fifty films, from early silent cinema to his masterpieces of suspense in Hollywood. Hitchcock’s passion for technical innovation and visual narrative helped shape the development of modern cinema. Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs as well as the popular World Masterworks Cinema…

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Robinson’s Garden

The Way of the Sword: From boom to bust: Japanese cinema in the 1980s  Hosted by Ryan Ferguson Japan was the envy of the world in the 1980s, as the second-largest economy on the planet, Japan became the hub of the global dream. Status and style became the de rigueur stand-ins for culture, and a nationwide party that began in the 60s was hurtling towards its inevitable crash of the early 90s. Under the surface, Japanese filmmakers’ sensitivity to growing…

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April 2023

Eat Drink Man Woman

Part of our World Masterworks Food in Film Series hosted by Jeffrey Bender Join us for a cinematic banquet of the senses with three extraordinary films from world cinema that will leave you hungry for more! Jeffrey Bender Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. Watch the movie and stay for…

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Rope

Six by the Master of Suspense! A Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock Hosted by Jeffrey Bender Hitchcock remains one of the twentieth century’s most recognized and successful filmmakers. His career spanned six decades and over fifty films, from early silent cinema to his masterpieces of suspense in Hollywood. Hitchcock’s passion for technical innovation and visual narrative helped shape the development of modern cinema. Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs as well as the popular World Masterworks Cinema…

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ZIGEUNERWEISEN

The Way of the Sword: From boom to bust: Japanese cinema in the 1980s  Hosted by Ryan Ferguson Japan was the envy of the world in the 1980s, as the second-largest economy on the planet, Japan became the hub of the global dream. Status and style became the de rigueur stand-ins for culture, and a nationwide party that began in the 60s was hurtling towards its inevitable crash of the early 90s. Under the surface, Japanese filmmakers’ sensitivity to growing…

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The Awful Truth

SPECIAL SUNDAY MATINEE FILM TALK Part of our Screwball Comedy Series with Fred Fuchs Emerging in the 1930s, Screwball Comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos.  We've curated five hilarious films that exemplify the genre. We'll delve into what makes a great Screwball Comedy, the production, artists, and story of each film. Fred Fuchs A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the…

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Part of our Music in Film Series with Alysha Main Featured Musical Guest: To be announced Immerse yourself in a big-screen audio-visual experience with the greatest moments in music ever captured on film.  This season, host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the making of music documentaries, concert films, and movies with iconic soundtracks.  A live performance by a musical guest accompanies each screening. Alysha Main Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, Event Manager, DJ, and…

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May 2023

What’s Up, Doc?

Part of our Screwball Comedy Series with Fred Fuchs Emerging in the 1930s, Screwball Comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos.  We've curated five hilarious films that exemplify the genre. We'll delve into what makes a great Screwball Comedy, the production, artists, and story of each film. Fred Fuchs A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the founder and Chair of the…

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The Birds

Six by the Master of Suspense! A Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock Hosted by Jeffrey Bender Hitchcock remains one of the twentieth century’s most recognized and successful filmmakers. His career spanned six decades and over fifty films, from early silent cinema to his masterpieces of suspense in Hollywood. Hitchcock’s passion for technical innovation and visual narrative helped shape the development of modern cinema. Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs as well as the popular World Masterworks Cinema…

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Frenzy

Six by the Master of Suspense! A Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock Hosted by Jeffrey Bender Hitchcock remains one of the twentieth century’s most recognized and successful filmmakers. His career spanned six decades and over fifty films, from early silent cinema to his masterpieces of suspense in Hollywood. Hitchcock’s passion for technical innovation and visual narrative helped shape the development of modern cinema. Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs as well as the popular World Masterworks Cinema…

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Movies have the power to change the way we look at the world.  Hollywood is amid a reckoning about how its films influence society.  The historic Black Lives Matter movement has ignited discussion and action about ending harmful stereotypes and creating inclusive stories representing all facets of the human and global experience in the movies.

So much has been written and discussed how movies have desensitized us to violence, sexism, racism, classism, xenophobia, and all manner of ill will towards our fellow human beings.

The movies, of course, have also done us a lot of good.   Great films have the power to raise awareness, change our outlook, and make us think in a way we haven't before.  We have the opportunity, through the movies, to walk a mile in another's shoes. So many documentaries have successfully educated us to be more empathetic and compassionate, and select narrative movies have also achieved this feat.

In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently.

The movies were screened in person at The Westdale in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  We invite you to watch GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) at home before watching the Film Talk.

Where you can watch GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947):   
https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/gentlemans-agreement

The recording of the Movies that Mattered Film Talk series was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Movies have the power to change the way we look at the world. Hollywood is amid a reckoning about how its films influence society. The historic Black Lives Matter movement has ignited discussion and action about ending harmful stereotypes and creating inclusive stories representing all facets of the human and global experience in the movies.

So much has been written and discussed how movies have desensitized us to violence, sexism, racism, classism, xenophobia, and all manner of ill will towards our fellow human beings.

The movies, of course, have also done us a lot of good. Great films have the power to raise awareness, change our outlook, and make us think in a way we haven't before. We have the opportunity, through the movies, to walk a mile in another's shoes. So many documentaries have successfully educated us to be more empathetic and compassionate, and select narrative movies have also achieved this feat.

In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently.

The movies were screened in person at The Westdale in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. We invite you to watch GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) at home before watching the Film Talk.

Where you can watch GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947):
https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/gentlemans-agreement

The recording of the Movies that Mattered Film Talk series was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Movies that Mattered Film Talks

The Westdale January 19, 2022 1:09 pm

Movies have the power to change the way we look at the world.  Hollywood is amid a reckoning about how its films influence society.  The historic Black Lives Matter movement has ignited discussion and action about ending harmful stereotypes and creating inclusive stories representing all facets of the human and global experience in the movies.

So much has been written and discussed how movies have desensitized us to violence, sexism, racism, classism, xenophobia, and all manner of ill will towards our fellow human beings.

The movies, of course, have also done us a lot of good.   Great films have the power to raise awareness, change our outlook, and make us think in a way we haven't before.  We have the opportunity, through the movies, to walk a mile in another's shoes. So many documentaries have successfully educated us to be more empathetic and compassionate, and select narrative movies have also achieved this feat.

In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently.

The movies were screened in person at The Westdale in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  We invite you to watch MODERN TIMES (1936) at home before watching the Film Talk.

Where you can watch MODERN TIMES (1936):   
https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/modern-times

The recording of the Movies that Mattered Film Talk series was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Movies have the power to change the way we look at the world. Hollywood is amid a reckoning about how its films influence society. The historic Black Lives Matter movement has ignited discussion and action about ending harmful stereotypes and creating inclusive stories representing all facets of the human and global experience in the movies.

So much has been written and discussed how movies have desensitized us to violence, sexism, racism, classism, xenophobia, and all manner of ill will towards our fellow human beings.

The movies, of course, have also done us a lot of good. Great films have the power to raise awareness, change our outlook, and make us think in a way we haven't before. We have the opportunity, through the movies, to walk a mile in another's shoes. So many documentaries have successfully educated us to be more empathetic and compassionate, and select narrative movies have also achieved this feat.

In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently.

The movies were screened in person at The Westdale in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. We invite you to watch MODERN TIMES (1936) at home before watching the Film Talk.

Where you can watch MODERN TIMES (1936):
https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/modern-times

The recording of the Movies that Mattered Film Talk series was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Modern Times (1936) Movies that Mattered Film Talks

The Westdale January 19, 2022 11:51 am