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If You Live In Montreal, You Should Check Out These Film Events

The Grindhouse Wednesdays

The Grindhouse Wednesdays series is an event that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month and features a different band performing live before screening a grindhouse classic.

Their Mission:

To raise money for HIV/AIDS Awareness while having fun, drinking cheap booze, listening to amazing music, and watching exploitation cinema (slasher, zombie, kung fu, sexploitaiton, etc).


Cinema L’Amour

4015 St Laurent

Montreal, QC

Le Cinéclub

Le Cinéclub: The Film Society in association with The Rialto presents two events that go against the grain of what we typically expect during the Halloween season.  Hosted by the Cinéclub founder, Philippe Spurrell, these events are his response to the typical horror movies offered by Hollywood in an attempt to maximize profit by providing cheap blood-soaked scares.

Offered on Sunday October 17th at 7PM, is an evening of classic silent horror from Germany with live musical accompaniment.  Beer, wine and (dead) spirits will be available from 6 p.m. when the doors open.  You can also order fine finger food prepared by our resident chef. Admission to see both films is only $10, $7 for students and seniors.

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI – 1920 – Directed by Robert Weine. Starring Werner Krauss as Dr. Caligari and Conrad Veidt as Cesare the somnabulist.

A great classic of early horror, this bizarre expressionist piece spins a tale of madness that has left an impression on generations of cinephiles. The eccentric Dr.Caligari’s carnival attraction is a sleepwalking serial killer who terrorizes a village represented as frighteningly stylized expressionist paintings.  It is like nothing else in cinema and we promise you will be dreaming about for many a dark night.

NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF TERROR – 1922 – Directed by F.W. Murnau. Starring Max Schrek as the vampyr Orlok.

Based on Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, this creepy gothic film created a shock sensation upon its original release and is still chilling audiences today. Note that we’ve decided to screen this one immediately after sundown for those audience members that tend to, well, shy away from sunlight….

Eric Kaplin and Justin Wright of respected local music masters, Sweet Mother Logic, will accompany these two films on piano, keyboard and cello.  Note that these works are best appreciated on a large movie screen via the magic of genuine motion-picture film running through a “reel” projector. And the décor at The Rialto is to die for. This rare, one time only event is not to be missed!

On Sunday October 24th at 7PM, The Rialto and Le Cinéclub: The Film Society presents a double bill of twice the horror in… Black & White! Admission to see both films is only 7$, 5$ for students and seniors.  “Reel” vintage film; not video! Fine finger foods and drinks will be available all night.

THE BLACK CAT – 1934 – U.S.A. – 65 min. Directed by Edgar Ulmer.

unfgary After their bus crashes during a violent storm in Hungary, a honeymooning couple and former war prisoner seek refuge in the fortress-like home of a brilliant reclusive architect. There, the cat-phobic war veteran learns of what happened to his long lost wife and daughter, and must play a game of chess with the moody architect if he wants to ever see them alive. All while a black cat creeps about. This fine example of Universal Studios horror stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, two legends of the genre. One of the strangest movies ever to come out of 1930’s American cinema, this film was way ahead of its time for style, story and set design. Cruel and beautiful, it continues to astound audiences today with its satanic rituals, bondage, torture and just plain weirdness.

WHITE  ZOMBIE – 1932 – U.S.A. – 69 min. Directed by Victor Halperin.

A young white couple travels to Haiti to get married at the mansion of a friend who secretly plans to steal away the bride. When his charms fail to win her over, the devious friend recruits the help of a demented voodoo master and bodysnatcher who turns her into a passive zombie.  Just when her fiancé thinks she is dead and buried, an old priest convinces him to travel to a mountaintop castle where she may well be living among the undead.  Great character actor Bela Lugosi as the merciless voodoo master puts in the performance of his career in this bizarre atmospheric chiller guaranteed to haunt the viewer well past Halloween.

Rialto Theatre

5723 ave. du Parc (corner Bernard O.)

(métro Parc or Places-Des-Arts bus 80)

Doors open at 6 p.m. for both of these evenings and offer

an intermission between the two relatively short features.

Cinema Politica

Cinema Politica is a media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and abroad.It is volunteer-run and all screenings are by donation.Cinema Politica is committed to supporting alternative, independent, and radical political film and video and the artists who dare to devote time, passion and resources to telling stories from the margins. Stories that confront and challenge convention and that show solidarity with those who are oppressed, those who struggle, and those who are never seen or heard in the mainstream media. All pieces that are screened are political works – they represent cinema texts that engage an audience on important socio-political, cultural, environmental and economic issues that are provocative in challenging dominant ideologies and accepted norms. Exhibited works innovative and seek to educate, entertain and especially inspire audiences to participate in openly democratic practices.

The biggest series in the Cinema Politica project is located at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, where audiences have been as big as 700 for a single screening. In the 2004 university issue of Macleans magazine, Cinema Politica Concordia was listed in the student life section as one of the three main reasons for students to attend the University. Concordia is one of Canada’s most politically active campuses, and our film series often teams up with other progressive groups to organize more than 25 screenings per year. In 2005 Concordia undergraduates voted overwhelmingly in favour of a 2 cents per credit fee levy during a referendum, in order to provide Cinema Politica Concordia with a stable budget. A year later we received similar support from graduate students.

Screenings in the Concordia series take place at 1455 de Maisonneuve West in Room H-110 unless otherwise noted. Most screenings are on Mondays and start at 7:30pm with few exceptions.

Visit the official website to get a list of upcoming films