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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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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