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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.   

We invite you to watch each film with an open mind and heart and stay after for a Film Talk with Hollywood producer Fred Fuchs.  Fred will discuss the enormous impact each film had as well as answer questions from the audience.

  • September 19 at 7:00 pm TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)       
  • September 26 at 7:00 pm PHILADELPHIA (1993)                               
  • October 24 at 7:00 pm GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT (1947)     
  • November 7 at 7:00 pm MODERN TIMES (1936)                         
  • November 21 at 7:00 pm ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)             
  • December 5 at 7:00 pm DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)  

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.

World Cinema Masterworks with Jeff Bender 

Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons.

Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us to the masterworks focusing on specific international film movements, spotlighting legendary filmmakers, and interviewing special guests. He will lead interactive discussions about the films and get us excited about where we are traveling next.

  • September 12 at 7:00 pm JULES AND JIM (1962 France)
  • October 17 at 7:00 pm  NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (1957 Italy) presented by the AGH Film Festival.  With special guest, Fellini expert, Frank Burke
  • November 14 at 7:00 pm PATHER PANCHALI (1955 India)
  • December 12 at 7:00 pm FANNY AND ALEXANDER (1981 Sweden)

JEFF BENDER

Jeff Bender is a volunteer with The Westdale who has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs and co-facilitated the Virtual Film Talk Series with host and chairman, Fred Fuchs.
This fall, Jeff will be joining us again to host the World Cinema Masterworks Series in which he will present talks on international film movements and spotlight legendary filmmakers as well as interview special guests and lead interactive discussions about the films programmed at The Westdale.

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December 2020

Christmas Comedy Film Talk: It’s a Wonderful Life

Watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' on your own at home, and then join us on Zoom where Hollywood producer Fred Fuchs will delve into the artists who made the film, their craft, and what goes into the filmmaking process. Fred will take you behind the scenes to share the personalities and what life was like during the Golden Age of Hollywood! There will be a question and answer session after each talk. (1946) George Bailey has so many problems he…

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The Godfather Part III Interview with Jeffrey Bender and Fred Fuchs

The Godfather trilogy is the most celebrated saga in cinema history.  Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of The Godfather Part III, Francis Ford Coppola has released a newly re-edited version of the final film: The Godfather Coda, The Death of Michael Corleone.  The never-before-seen version of the Academy-Award nominated film is Coppola’s original vision with a new beginning and end. The Westdale invites you to watch the remastered digital classic on your own and then join Jeffrey Bender for an…

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Christmas Comedy Film Talk: Miracle on 34th Street

Watch 'Miracle on 34th Street' on your own at home, and then join us on Zoom where Hollywood producer Fred Fuchs will delve into the artists who made the film, their craft, and what goes into the filmmaking process. Fred will take you behind the scenes to share the personalities and what life was like during the Golden Age of Hollywood! There will be a question and answer session after each talk. (1947) In this Christmas classic, an old man…

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January 2021

Double Indemnity (1944) Film Noir Film Talks

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Seduction! Life Insurance! Murder!  Often hailed as the greatest Film Noir of all time, director Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY, adapted from a James M. Cain novel, has it all! Starring Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Walter Neff who finds lust at first sight as he encounters the quintessential Femme Fatale as portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck! If you have ever wanted to see what happens when an insurance policy goes south, see DOUBLE INDEMNITY! Join Fred Fuchs…

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Laura (1944) Film Noir Film Talks

LAURA (1944) WHO IS LAURA? WHAT IS LAURA?  Detective Mark McPherson as portrayed by Dana Andrews is determined to find out and may just fall in love with her along the way! The problem is Laura is dead! Murdered! Director Otto Preminger’s romantic mystery, starring Gene Tierney in the title role, will delight you with its twisting and turning plot and witty dialogue with shocks aplenty! If you want to find out what happened to Laura, watch the film first…

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February 2021

In a Lonely Place (1950) Film Noir Film Talks

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) “I was born when I met you. I lived while I loved you. I died when you left me.” Hollywood “Rebels” Humphrey Bogart and director Nicholas Ray join up to make life confusing for star Gloria Grahame in the 1950 film noir melodrama, IN A LONELY PLACE. Dixon Steele (Bogart) is a Tinsel Town screenwriter with a mean temper and a pile of knuckle dust to show for it. As suspect number one in a…

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Detour (1945) Film Noir Film Talks

DETOUR (1945) “He was looking for love, but fate forced a…DETOUR!” If you’ve ever wondered if hitchhiking is safe, don’t look any further than the story of a ‘down-on-his-luck’ jazz pianist (Tom Neal) who is trying to find a way to get from New York City to the arms of his fiancé in Los Angeles. Along the way, he encounters one of the most vicious femme fatales in all of Film Noir, played by Ann Savage who has other plans…

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Second Anniversary Fundraiser! THE BIG SLEEP (1946)

Celebrate The Westdale's Second Anniversary! Join us for our online fundraiser to celebrate two years of community magic. We will screen the romantic film noir classic THE BIG SLEEP (1946) on Zoom with a Film Talk with Fred Fuchs. We invite you to dress up, order food from a local Westdale restaurant, pour a cocktail, and celebrate with us from the comfort of home. It's how we celebrate in 2021!  Please see the Westdale Restaurant guide, cocktail recipe, instructions for…

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The Third Man (1949) Film Noir Film Talks

THE THIRD MAN (1949) Who is the 3rd Man?! Pulp novelist, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is dedicated to solving this mystery and discover what happened to his friend, Harry Lime! Set in Post-War Vienna, amidst the underground world of the black market, director Carol Reed’s adaptation of the novel by Graham Greene is frequently cited as one of the top 100 movies of all time. Starring an internationally renowned cast including Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles in one of…

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He Even Has Your Eyes Film Talk | Centre francophone & Hamilton Black Film Festival

HE EVEN HAS YOUR EYES FILM TALK with Centre Francophone, Hamilton Black Film Festival, and The Westdale. Watch the film HE EVEN HAS YOUR EYES (comedy, France, 2016) on your own before February 25 (Netflix). Then join us for a fun evening of discussions about the film, BIPOC in film and Black History Month. Special guests Melissa Murray Mutch and Sébastien Aka Kouakou will host the discussions in English and French.  There will be fun online quiz with prizes to…

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March 2021

Grand Hotel (1932) And the Oscar Goes To… Film Talks

Nominated for one Academy Award.  Best Picture Winner 1932/1933 The classic ensemble picture about a diverse group of guests at a posh Berlin hotel who struggle through scandal and heartache. Directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Oscar-honoree Greta Garbo ("Ninotchka," "Queen Christina"), Oscar-winner Joan Crawford ("Mildred Pierce"), John Barrymore ("Romeo and Juliet"), and Oscar-winner Lionel Barrymore ("It's A Wonderful Life"). Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the greatest American films of all time. To date,…

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The Lost Weekend (1945) And the Oscar Goes To… Film Talks

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, winner of four including Best Picture 1946 The Best Picture of 1946 has lost none of its bite or power in this uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Ironically, this brilliant Billy Wilder film was almost never released because of poor reaction by preview audiences unaccustomed to such stark realism from Hollywood, but the film has since gone on to be regarded as one of the all-time great dramas in movie history. Ray…

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) And the Oscar Goes To… Film Talks

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, winner of seven including Best Picture 1947 Fred, Al and Homer are three World War II veterans facing difficulties as they re-enter civilian life. Fred (Dana Andrews) is a war hero who, unable to compete with more highly skilled workers, has to return to his low-wage soda jerk job. Bank executive Al (Fredric March) gets into trouble for offering favorable loans to veterans. After losing both hands in the war, Homer (Harold Russell) returns to…

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In the Heat of the Night (1967) And the Oscar Goes To… Film Talks

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, winner of five including Best Picture 1968 Sidney Poitier, in one of his most celebrated roles, appears as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia homicide detective who, while visiting a small Mississippi town, will find himself falsely arrested for the murder and then, in a strained collaboration with the town's sheriff (Rod Steiger), stays on to help solve the murder. Steiger's town is a backward "redneck" Southern burg whose population includes an aristocratic racist, the eccentric owner…

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Midnight Cowboy (1969) And the Oscar Goes To… Film Talks

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, winner of three including Picture Winner 1970 John Schlesinger‘s MIDNIGHT COWBOY in  is a gritty, unrelentingly bleak look at the seedy underbelly of urban American life is undeniably disturbing, and features Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in standout roles as a con man and a Texas hustler trying to survive on the tough streets of New York. Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads…

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April 2021

Trouble in Paradise (1932) Love & the Screwball Comedy Film Talk Series

Director: Ernst Lubitsch Writers: Samson Raphaelson, Grover Jones Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. One of the pure gems of 1930s cinema, Trouble in Paradise (1932) was described around the time of its release as being "like caviar, only tastier." Although Ernst Lubitsch's earlier musicals with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald displayed a characteristic continental flair…

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20th Century (1934) Love & the Screwball Comedy Film Talk Series

Director: Howard Hawks Writers: Charles Bruce Millholland, Ben Hecht Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career. Howard Hawks' rapid-fire farce Twentieth Century (1934), a comic collision of tempestuous personalities in the rarified world of Broadway, is the proto-screwball comedy. It's a genre born of the depression where the airs of the rich and…

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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

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles | Windsor Hamilton Jewish Film Festival

Available May 2, 7:00 pm - May 4, 7:00 pm FREE WITH TICKET: May 3 at 7 PM EST - Q&A with Max Lewkowicz, director of Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles, and Fred Fuchs, television and film producer (Recording available for viewing after the fact) After this content becomes available on May 2nd at 7:00 pm EDT, you'll have 48 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching the film. The May 3rd at 7:00 pm Livestream can be viewed…

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Thou Shalt Not Hate | Windsor Hamilton Jewish Film Festival

Available May 3, 7:00 pm - May 5, 7:00 pm After this content becomes available on May 3rd at 7:00 pm EDT, you'll have 48 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching the film. The May 4th at 4:00 pm live stream can be viewed anytime until May 5th at 7:00 pm FREE WITH TICKET: May 4 at 4PM EST - Q&A with Max Mauro Mancini, Director of Thou Shalt Not Hate, and Fred Fuchs, Television and Film…

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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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Crescendo | Windsor Hamilton Jewish Film Festival

Available May 4, 7:00 pm - May 6, 7:00 pm After this content becomes available on May 4th at 7:00 pm EDT, you'll have 48 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching the films. The May 6th at 7:00 pm live stream can be viewed anytime until May 6th at 7:00 pm. FREE WITH TICKET: May 3 at 7PM EST - Q&A with Stephen Glantz, Screen Writer of Crescendo, With Moderator Benjamin Wright, Film and Media Scholar (Recording…

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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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THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997) Canadian Cinema Film Talk Series

Director: Atom Egoyan Starring: Bruce Greenwood, David Hemblen, Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, and Caerthan Banks Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prix Genie Awards: Seven, including Best Motion Picture. Academy Award nominations: Best Director (Atom Egoyan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Atom Egoyan) Toronto International Film Festival critics named The Sweet Hereafter one of the top 10 Canadian films of all time. Following a tragic school bus accident, opportunistic lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution on behalf…

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June 2021

AWAY FROM HER (2006) Canadian Cinema Film Talk Series

Join Fred Fuchs, Jeffrey Bender, and special guest Karen Robins from the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton to discuss Sarah Polley's AWAY FROM HER (2006) Director: Sarah Polley Starring: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Michael Murphy, Sarah Polley, Kristen Thomson, and Olympia Dukakis Genie Awards: Seven, including Best Motion Picture Academy Award nominations: Best Actress (Julie Christie), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sarah Polley) Based on Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain", the feature directorial debut…

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MY WINNIPEG (2007) Canadian Cinema Film Talk Series

Director: Guy Maddin Starring: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin, Amy Stewart, Brendan Cade, and Wesley Cade Roger Ebert named MY WINNIPEG the tenth best film of the decade In 2015, the Toronto International Film Festival placed MY WINNIPEG in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time Toronto Film Critics Association Best Canadian Film With MY WINNIPEG, iconoclastic filmmaker Guy Maddin continues in the freewheeling, genre-bending tradition that has made him one of Canada's most consistently intriguing and internationally…

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ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER (2001) Canadian Cinema Film Talk Series

  Zacharias Kunuk, the director of ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER (2001) will be joining us on Monday, June 21 at 8:00 pm to talk about his career, and ground-breaking award-winning film. Director: Zacharias Kunuk Starring: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, and Lucy Tulugarjuk Cannes Film Festival: Caméra d'Or (Golden Camera) Genie Awards: Six including Best Motion Picture In 2015, a poll of filmmakers and critics in the Toronto International Film Festival named it the greatest Canadian film of all…

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INCENDIES (2010) Canadian Cinema Film Talk Series

Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, & Rémy Girard Genie Awards: Eight including Best Motion Picture Academy Award nomination: Best Foreign Language Film BAFTA nomination: Best Film not in the English language Toronto International Film Festival: Winner for Best Canadian Feature Film. When notary Lebel sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan to read them their mother's will, Nawal, the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes - one for the father they thought…

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September 2021

Jules and Jim – World Cinema Talk

World Cinema Masterworks Film Talk With Jeff Bender Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons. Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us…

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs 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. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) In the Depression-era South, Atticus Finch defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his…

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Philadelphia – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs 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. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer…

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