Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut: A double retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut: A double retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Hitchcock/Truffaut A double retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox The title of senior TIFF senior programmer James Quandt’s dual retrospective on Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut is “Magnificent Obsessions,” an apt term to describe the two directors’ love of women, twisted plots, beautiful locations and, above all, cinema. At first glance, they seem like the oddest of couples: Hitchcock, the corpulent Brit, whose old-fashioned manners barely concealed his darkly comic sensibility, and Truffaut, the lithe Frenchman, solemn and discrete until emotions or thoughts would suddenly spring forth from him. But they were born storytellers, who delighted audiences for decades with such classics as Rear Window, Small Change, The Birds, The Bride Wore Black, Saboteur, The Story of Adele H. and The Lady Vanishes. This appreciation of the two directors and Quandt’s curation, comes slightly late as the series began on July 7. The good news is that there’s much more to see of the fine work created by these masters before the retrospective concludes on September 4. What brought the two together was an idea first proposed by Truffaut in the 1950s when he was a film critic, “la politique des auteurs.” In it, he stated that directors make films great, not producers or actors or writers or cinematographers. A revolutionary theory at the time, the idea of director as “auteur” grew throughout the Sixties until it absolutely dominated not just film criticism but also what discerning audiences grew to love in cinema. The rise of the New American Cinema, the filmmaking contingent that included Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, wouldn’t have happened without the auteur theory....
Summer 2016 at Harbourfront

Summer 2016 at Harbourfront

The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Summer 2016 at Harbourfront”. There’s so much to do by the lake including the “Summer Music in the Garden” Concert Series at The Toronto Music  Garden, weekly free Festivals, “Free Flicks” on Wednesdays…Toronto’s Cinema on the waterfront, Dancing on the Pier on Thursdays and so much more for the entire family. For a complete schedule of events go...
Far From True

Far From True

From the Canadian king of suspense, Linwood Barclay, comes this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a startling twist. Far From True is the perfect read for fans of Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner and Tami Hoag. For more info...
Penguin Random House Book Club: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Penguin Random House Book Club: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

If you’re a fan of Chris Cleave’s past novels, including the phenomenal bestseller Little Bee, you’ll be happy to know that the author is back, with a fantastic work of historical fiction set in WWII. Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage. If you read and loved the novel Little Bee, we’ve got your next read picked out for...
Pages UnBound Festival

Pages UnBound Festival

Pages UnBound Festival A festival of the arts and literature It’s rare that I get personal in my reviews on Classical 96.3’s wonderful website but I am going to do it now. I’m the artistic director of an arts and literature festival called Pages UnBound and I want to tell you why this has come about. For three decades, I ran a bookshop on Queen Street West called Pages and it was, hands down, the finest working experience in my life. At Pages, I got to order the books I wanted to read: the best in innovative literary fiction; books on cinema, photography, design and architecture; hard hitting political texts; graphic novels (once they started being published); cultural theory; prescient books on the environment; beautiful children’s literature; belles lettres; and more. It was a cornucopia of delights. At Pages, I was a kid in candy shop. I assembled an entertaining, hard working staff, who loved books and the shop. We found unique titles and authors and actively touted them. And the public loved it. It seemed that the more obscure and particular we  got, the more Pages’ readership responded. We had art windows; put on great events outside of the shop and acted as community builders, putting up posters and selling tickets for any art or political event in town that asked us to do so. Then, it stopped. The rent went sky high, just when Amazon started truly undercutting the prices on books—a good thing for customers but the kiss of death for all but the most inventive or hardheaded or well-financed independent bookstore. Pages closed—with dignity, paying...