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Alicia Fletcher — A film critic and programmer, Alicia hosts Silent Revue--Toronto's on-going examination of silent film held at the historic Revue Cinema--as well as Ladies of Burlesque, a film series pairing classic Hollywood films with live burlesque performances held at The Royal. Clearly born in the wrong era, Alicia manages to find ways of working vintage Hollywood into all things.

<i>Eraserhead</i>: David Lynch’s most personal nightmare

The 1977 release of David Lynch’s debut feature Eraserhead reinforced an era of midnight movies, gave credence to the grotesque on screen, and ushered in a new brand of art house surrealism. Read More

Better bring a hanky: <i>City Lights</i> and Chaplin’s heartache

City Lights – inarguably, one of the true masterworks of the silent era – is the quintessential silent film, yet it was released well into the sound era. Read More

<i>The Eyes of Laura Mars</i>: Disco meets slasher horror

Gaudy, graphic, and provocative, The Eyes of Laura Mars was a Hitchcockian thriller for the Studio 54 scene (picture the music video for Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” – if it had been directed by Brian De Palma). Read More

<i>Finding Vivian Maier</i>… and then losing her again

Paradoxical, bold, mysterious, and intensely private, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was an artist of the highest calibre, yet at the time of her death, less than a decade ago, she was unknown. She was not … Read More

“The biggest MOTHER of them all.” Mommie Dearest: an unintentional camp masterpiece

The subject of renewed interest and a certain re-evaluation of its previously overlooked merits, Mommie Dearest is a classic in its own right, paving the way for camp-infused, nostalgic, revisionist fantasies the likes of the wildly popular Feud. Read More

<I>Belle De Jour</I>: Buñuel’s Surrealist Erotic Masterpiece

Belle De Jour is sexually explicit, transgressive, and truly visionary – it is also, thanks to an iconic performance from Catherine Deneuve, wildly arousing. Read More

Beauty and the Beast: Cocteau’s Fairy Tale Masterpiece

Once upon a time a French filmmaker cast a spell on international audiences, and produced a film so magical and hypnotic that it is considered the key work within the genre of the fantasy film. Read More

Bittersweet Realities: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and La La Land

With clear references to the MGM musical spectacles of the 1940s and 1950s, La La Land knows its Hollywood lore. Yet, upon closer inspection, Chazelle (who is of French parentage) is more indebted to the work of French New Waver Jacques Demy. Read More

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