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The Girly Show: Burlesque Onscreen

Set in a burlesque house, the virtuous Judy (Maureen O'Hara) and the brazen Bubbles (Lucille Ball) strike up an intense rivalry after realizing they're after the same man in DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940), Dorothy Arzner's hilarious and revolutionary work about the politics of vice and virtue. Screening presented with an introduction by Alicia Fletcher, curator of Silent Revue (Revue Cinema) and Ladies of Burlesque (The Royal).

Presented in conjunction with Vice & Virtue, a free exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery.


Showbiz heavyweights like Mel Brooks, Rob Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman and more discuss how humour can force us to confront difficult subjects, in particular the Holocaust. “It’s awful...and hilarious,” Silverman quips. “It’s awful hilarious.” While there is no clear consensus anywhere in sight, this film’s exploration of the boundary between good and bad taste is nuanced and illuminating. Fresh interpretations of famous Nazi-themed comedy like The Producers and “The Soup Nazi” add further depth to this contentious cultural investigation.


For thousands of years, cats have lived alongside humans in Istanbul—occasionally as pets, but more often as independent fellow denizens of the ancient port city. Part wildlife film and part urban ethnography, Kedi explores the lives of seven street cats with sumptuous cat’s-eye-view cinematography. The captivating felines provide much appreciated pest control for the city of course, but their connection to the city and the people who live there goes far deeper than that. Claiming no owners, they live between two worlds and bring joy and purpose to those humans they choose to adopt.


This Oscar-nominated doc snatched the prestigious top prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016 and has gone on to garner other festival laurels and top spots on year-end lists from Sight and Sound to Time Out. Observing life on and around a tiny Italian island, Fire at Sea is a keen and enthralling look at the realities of the front lines of the European migrant crisis.


Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Owen Suskind had his first conversation with his father when he was six years old—only he wasn’t speaking with his father directly, but with a puppet from Aladdin. In this heartwarming Oscar-nominated doc, Roger Ross Williams shows how Owen and his devoted parents used his obsession with Disney animations as a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.


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