Friday, April 6, 2012

Free screenings of WWI films at Carlton Cinema

The Magic Lantern Theatres' Carlton Cinema in Toronto will be screening free films about World War I all day on Saturday, April 7 as part of a Vimy Ridge Anniversary Celebration. The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place from April 9-12 1917 and brought together all four Canadian divisions from every part of the country to participate in victorious battle.

The four films will be Richard Attenborough's musical Oh! What A Lovely War, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement), Paul Gross' Passchendaele and Peter Weir's Gallipoli.

Screenings are free. Suggested donation to the Vimy Foundation is $5, which will be rewarded with a Vimy pin.

The Carlton Cinema is located at 20 Carlton Street just east of Yonge Street at College Station.


Vimy Ridge Anniversary Celebration screenings

Oh! What A Lovely War
Admission Free
2 hrs & 27 mins

Musical, War
A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.

Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast - Major: Colin Farrell, Wendy Allnutt, Malcolm McFee, John Rae, Corin Redgrave, Paul Shelley, Kim Smith, Christian Doermer

A Very Long Engagement
Admission Free
Sexual Content, Disturbing Content
2 hrs & 13 mins

Writer/director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's (Amélie) love story takes place in France near the end of World War I. Based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot, Jeunet depicts one young woman's (Audrey Tautou) relentless, moving and sometimes comic search for her fiancé, a French soldier who has disappeared after being court-martialed and pushed out of an allied trench into an almost certain death in no-man's-land. What follows is an investigation into the absurdity of war and the enduring tenacity of the human heart. Co-starring Jodie Foster, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Dominique Pinon and Tchéky Karyo. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast - Major:
Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon, Clovis Cornillac, Jérôme Kircher, Chantal Neuwirth, Albert Dupontel, Denis Lavant, Jean-Pierre Becker, Dominique Bettenfeld, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marion Cotillard, André Dussollier, Ticky Holgado, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jodie Foster, Bouli Lanners, Thierry Gibault, Philippe Duquesne, Solène Le Pechon, Virgil Leclaire, Julie Depardieu, Maud Rayer, Tchéky Karyo, Stéphane Butet, Marc Faure, Rodolphe Pauly, François Levantal, Michel Vuillermoz, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Official Site:

Admission Free
1 hr & 53 mins

Drama / War
Set during the height of the First World War, PASSCHENDAELE tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as 'Passchendaele'. It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them. Starring Paul Gross (Due South, Men With Brooms, Slings & Arrows) and Caroline Dhavernas (Breach, Hollywoodland), PASSCHENDAELE is written and directed by Paul Gross; produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media; Frank Siracusa,Whizbang Films; and Francis Damberger, Damberger Film and Cattle Company.

Director: Paul Gross

Cast - Major:
Alex Arsenault, Meredith Bailey, Gil Bellows, David Brown, Tom Carey

Official Site:

Admission Free
1 hr & 50 mins

Drama, War
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir

Cast - Major:
Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Tim McKenzie, David Argue, Robert Grubb

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