By Chloe Lawson
Calgary – Spend all of March watching your favourite genre of film! These five picks range from the world of film noir, true stories exposing government corruption, to Japanese animation.
The Big Heat (1953)
The Big Heat begins without a word being said, but the opening sequence speaks volumes on its own. In this classic film noir Fritz Lang introduces Detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) to the world of degenerate police. A place that doesn’t appear to have any type of law or order. Bannion questions the recently widowed wife, Bertha Duncan (Jeanette Nolan) of her cop husband’s questionable suicide. In turn Bannion endures chaos in the glitzy world of gin joints, dirty money, and cold-blooded murder.
The Big Heat screens March 6 at 7PM as part of the Globe Film Noir Series
All the President’s Men (1976)
In this fact-based American political thriller, two amateur reporters were instrumental in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. All the President’s Men (1976) revolves around Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) who fought to expose the amoral side of the American government. This film shows the compromise of a country accepting the bleak reality of their government taking more joy in controlling the nation opposed to caring for it. The act of compromising is how Bernstein and Woodward forced themselves under the surface to discover this truth, both persuasively shown by Hoffman and Redford throughout the film.
Calgary Cinematheque presents All The President’s Men at The Plaza Theatre on March 8 at 6:45PM
Georgy Girl (1966)
Georgy Girl is the lighthearted yet honest portrayal of a young woman finding her spot in the world. Lynn Redgrave is the tender protagonist Georgy, who can be naïve but remains true to herself. In the fast-paced world of nineteen-sixties London she finds herself caught in a love triangle. It balances uneasily between forty-nine-year-old James Leamington (James Mason) and the boyfriend who got her roommate pregnant, Jos Jones (Alan Bates).
EspressoKino presents Georgy Girl at The Roasterie on March 15 at 8PM
Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni brings his first English film to screen that centres on an abrasive fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings). Thomas is aimlessly wandering through a park when he photographs a woman being intimate with a man.The woman, Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), chases Thomas down and frantically demands his film, but he refuses to hand it over. Later, Thomas blows up the photos and discovers he may have photographed a murder scene. Antonioni constructs his psychological thriller to show the extent individuals will go to find the truth without the promise of receiving it.
EspressoKino presents Blow-Up at The Roasterie on March 22 at 8PM
Whispers of the Heart (2002)
Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro) released this heartfelt animated Japanese film on the importance of aspirations. Shizuku dreams of writing for a living. Her long summer days are spent reading books from the library and translating music. She notices a pattern of the name Seiji on the books she has checked out. Through charming and magical events (that Studio Ghibli never fails to provide) the two meet and Seiji confides in wanting to become a violin maker in Italy. Whispers of the Heart beautifully demonstrates how being inspired by others is just as crucial as inspiring yourself to become who you want to be.
Whispers of the Heart screens at The Globe Theatre on March 31 at 7PM as part of the Studio Ghibli Showcase SeriesAll the President’s Men, All the President’s Men (1976), Blow-Up, Blow-Up (1966), Georgy Girl, Georgy Girl (1966), The Big Heat, The Big Heat (1953), Whispers of the Heart, Whispers of the Heart (2002)