Christie Pits Film Festival 2018 - cinematic cities
Sunday, July 8th
FEATURED CITY - CASABLANCA
Short film — The Good Escape
An essential entry in our summer-long Cinematic Cities programme! “Moonlight and love songs, never out of date”, sings a character from the classic romance-adventure film Casablanca. As time goes by, the film’s quotable one-liners still draw audiences to WWII-era Casablanca, a city overrun by Nazis, outlaws, and a few good people desperate for a way out. But despite the city’s roughness, it also becomes a place for hope, romance and beautiful friendship, in true Old Hollywood style.
Like Casablanca, The Good Escape also features “a case of do or die.” Local filmmaker Nadia Litz fictionalizes the capture in Toronto’s historic Winter Garden Theatre. Shot in a film noir style, this short depicts the notorious bank robber’s last moments watching Clark Gable, as a nearby chatty couple ponder the cruelty of life, failed love, and the hope for a happy ending. This evening is an homage to outlaws, femmes fatales, unforgiving towns, and Classical Hollywood Cinema.
Michael Curtiz, 1942
With short film The Good Escape, directed by Nadia Litz, 2013
Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown
Free / PWYC (Donations gratefully accepted)
Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible