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Sympathy for the angels: contemplative biker films

“On a cycle, the frame is gone; you’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing — the same stuff you walk...

The Soapbox: women ruled the classic film world

Nowadays, the majority of society is more socially conscious and aware of gender inequalities in almost every industry. Film is no different, with clusters of publications and activists devoted solely to furthering the presence of women in film. Stats show that the...

Media Impact: The macabre gimmickry of William Castle

Imagine going to see House on Haunted Hill in 1959 and witnessing a skeleton flying overhead during a pivotal moment. How about going to The Tingle the same year and being surprised by a vibrating seat? These are just two examples of the in-theatre gimmicks utilized...

Essential Canadian Cinema: Back to God’s Country

Choosing a film for Essential Canadian Cinema for Classic Movies month at Toronto Film Scene was no easy task. An attempt to find the earliest Canadian film proved challenging, as many have been lost to time. Coming across Back to God’s Country was a blessing...

“Nothing is real”: the enduring legacy of Wavelength

Experimental film wasn’t exactly a new frontier in 1967. The door for pushing the boundaries of cinema was kicked open the moment the medium was invented. It was redefined by names like Eisenstein, Cocteau, Dali, Gance and Buñuel. Many were European, but America could...