• TIFF Cinematheque—formerly Cinematheque Ontario—is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, and has announced an impressively bursting summer schedule. From June to August, the cinematheque will pay tribute to its own fine cinephilic legacy with a roster of wonderful programming, headlined by two major series on directors who were honored during the organization’s inaugural season, in 1990. The first, Akira Kurosawa: Centenary of a Sensei (June 11 through August 2), is a complete retrospective of the Japanese master’s films; Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination (July 8 through August 6) is a more selective offering, including not only the major works, from Mamma Roma to Salò, but also such rarer ones as 1969’s Notes on an African Oresteia and La rabbia di Pasolini, a recently restored found-footage political essay.

    Also showing will be a monthlong series devoted to the films of James Mason, Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales, the first Canadian retrospective of Catherine Breillat’s work, and a tribute to the late Robin Wood, one of the most influential film critics and scholars of all time. “The range and richness of this summer season capture what TIFF Cinematheque has stood for over the past two decades,” says James Quandt in a press release. “A fierce adherence to the history of international cinema, and an equally passionate commitment to contemporary film.” Congratulations to the cinematheque!


  • By Mihai Ionescu
    May 25, 2010
    09:47 PM

    I hope the Pasolini films are seen by many many people! I remember the Cinematheque's summer schedules of great international cinema very fondly! Our own Pacific Cinematheque here in Vancouver is beginning a retrospective of 15 Francesco Rosi films, most of which I don't think are available anywhere, at least subtitled in English, as well as its own series of Kurosawa films in June.
  • By Telecine
    May 28, 2010
    01:10 AM

    It's time somebody spoke up about TIFF Sorry Criterion, but I will not be going to any of these screenings, because the Toronto International Film Festival is the rudest and most disrespectful organization I have ever dealt with. A fierce adherence to the history of international cinema? Please Mr. Quandt (and other execs at TIFF) stop insulting the audience. Why doesn't anyone speak up about how the audience, is made to wait , over and over again for the good films? Why are the really good films always overpriced and shown at odd times? How customers, especially when they are not members, are treated rudely, with anger when they want to get tickets to a screening, at the Cinematheque, and especially at the Festival? What about the silly deal that was hatched, most likely at TIFF, for the rights to all of the Studio Canal films to go to Lionsgate, making them out of print from the collection? Sorry Criterion, but you lose when you do business with an organization like this, and give them praise. Enough already!
  • By Mihai Ionescu
    June 02, 2010
    04:12 PM

    I've never had a problem with the Cinematheque and I went there regularly for years. It's a fantastic cultural and educational contribution to Toronto. The schedule speaks for itself. Same goes for the TIFF. It's the best forum in Canada for catching the latest in international cinema. They pack a lot of films in a short timeframe so obviously scheduling won't work for everyone. And how do you know which films will be better than others? You've set out a completely ridiculous set of arguments!
    June 04, 2010
    03:42 AM

    TIFF has appalling, shoddy customer service and PR. Customers should not be treated rudely when they ask to buy tickets, especially when they are non-members. Most members, who buy the tickets in large quantities, do not end up going to many of the screenings at TIFF. The same thing happens for tickets to Cinematheque.
  • By Doug
    June 07, 2010
    01:54 PM

    I've been a member of Cinematheque Ontario for ten years and I have never had a problem with the customer service. The majority of the films are shown in beautiful 35mm prints for a member price of $6.20 or $7.50 for limited runs; what's wrong with that? I saw four films there this past weekend, including 5 Fingers, which Criterion should license from Fox.
  • By Russell
    June 15, 2010
    05:57 PM

    I never comment on comment boards but I had to speak up for the Cinematheque (if not the Festival, which I have had less experience with). I have been a non-member and a member buying tickets and attending films for the past six years. I have never had a problem, other than the odd time they sell out films too quickly and fail to add an additional date - that is to say, they're a bit inflexible. But I am so grateful that they do what they do and provide what the do and do it with passion, creativity, and professionalism.
  • By Telecine
    June 17, 2010
    03:03 PM

    Those who keep on saying they "never had a problem" with TIFF are TIFF MEMBERS and TIFF cronies. TIFF's customer service sucks. The staff at Jackman Hall is different, they work for the AGO. If TIFF has no problem with its customer service, why can't customers buy a membership as of now? Even if they're moving to the Bell Lightbox and with the HST coming into effect, that is still shoddy customer service.