Fritz Lang’s Metropolis at the Tivoli

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis at the Tivoli

“Imagine Toronto in 2927,” announced press agents when Fritz Lang’s Metropolis premiered at the Tivoli Theatre on September 12, 1927. “Erotic, exotic, erratic” are other words used to describe the futuristic and prophetic tale, but had Fritz Lang directed his masterpiece ten years earlier, Ontario movie-goers may have waited longer to see it. According to Eric Minton in the Canadian Film Society’s 1969 “Silent Screen Review,” a war-time ban on German films kept many classics…

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Is cinema facing a digital dark age? As theatres go digital, how will future generations of movie-goers experience true 35mm film presentation? Music and silent film: enduring allies Although bereft of dialogue, silent films were never entirely silent. Music played an important role in its production and exhibition. Phono-film returns to Toronto In December 1927, audiences were treated to the return of short sound and talking films dubbed “the revolution of the motion picture” by…

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Silent Sundays

Silent Sundays is Toronto’s only semi-monthly, year-long celebration of silent cinema. Created by journalist and film programmer Eric Veillette, the series launched in 2009 and has lived up to its original intentions of screening silent films, with live piano accompaniment, in an authentic silent movie house like the Revue Cinema, which opened in 1912. Featuring family-friendly comedies, adventure films, even the occasional fright film, the series caters to the Revue’s neighbourhood crowd, and the results have consistently…

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Phonofilm returns to Toronto

Phonofilm returns to Toronto

  As we’ve previously examined, Toronto movie-goers were privy to various synchronized sound and film experiments before the medium settled permanently in the fall of 1928. On December 8, 1927, weeks before aviation epic (and recent Silent Sundays selection) Wings premiered at the Princess Theatre on King St. West, audiences were treated to the return of the Deforest Phonofilm, short sound and talking films dubbed “the revolution of the motion picture” by the Globe &…

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Talkies redux: The arrival of sound films in Toronto

Talkies redux: The arrival of sound films in Toronto

With the surprising success of The Artist, a modern-day silent film dealing with the downfall of an actor at the on-set of the sound revolution, here are a few articles published here over the last few years dealing with the talkie transition in Toronto. Talkies the talk of Toronto! For the first time in the entirety of a feature film, they could hear the creaking of the stairs, the ghostly wind and the voices of…

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