The Westdale Film Clubs

Do you love the art of cinema as much as we do?  Join one of our Film Clubs!

Film Clubs are free, interactive meetings on Zoom where participants discuss a particular genre of film with local industry experts, filmmakers, and special guests.

Dates, times and genres of Film Clubs, as well as registration information are listed below.  If the film club that you are interested in is full, please email us at filmclubs@thewestdale.ca with your interest and we will place you on a waiting list.

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January 2021

Double Indemnity (1944) Film Noir Film Talks

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Seduction! Life Insurance! Murder!  Often hailed as the greatest Film Noir of all time, director Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY, adapted from a James M. Cain novel, has it all! Starring Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Walter Neff who finds lust at first sight as he encounters the quintessential Femme Fatale as portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck! If you have ever wanted to see what happens when an insurance policy goes south, see DOUBLE INDEMNITY! Join Fred Fuchs…

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International Film Club – FULL

The International Film Club This Film Club is Full  Hosted by Shahryar Asqardoust & Jeffrey Bender Take a world tour with us on Wednesday Nights at 8:00 pm as we explore the globe in search of the classics and contemporaries of international cinema. The goal of this club is to celebrate distinct and diverse voices of world cinema, learn about different film movements, and expose our club members to movies they may not otherwise have had an opportunity to experience.…

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Elevated Film Club – FULL

Elevated Genre Film Club moderated by Robert Wertheimer This club is full.   Thursday nights at 7:00 pm Join Robert Wertheimer for a unique film club dedicated to cinema that ignored the trends of superhero and comic book adventure films.  He will focus on works that were dominated by award-winning stories, directors, performances and innovative elements of excellence. Robert Wertheimer is a production manager and producer, known for ACROSS THE RIVER TO MOTOR CITY (2007), CHARLIE JADE (2005), and DUE SOUTH…

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Hollywood Classics Film Club

Hollywood Classics Film Club Alternate Moderators Join us on Friday nights at 7pm as we go back in time to honour Hollywood’s past. In this film club we will cover movies from the silent era up to the 1970s and will explore genre from Screwball Comedies to Film Noir to Melodrama to Westerns, to name a few. Along the way we will learn about the studio system, its moguls, great directors and stars and starlets! But above all, this is…

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Laura (1944) Film Noir Film Talks

LAURA (1944) WHO IS LAURA? WHAT IS LAURA?  Detective Mark McPherson as portrayed by Dana Andrews is determined to find out and may just fall in love with her along the way! The problem is Laura is dead! Murdered! Director Otto Preminger’s romantic mystery, starring Gene Tierney in the title role, will delight you with its twisting and turning plot and witty dialogue with shocks aplenty! If you want to find out what happened to Laura, watch the film first…

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February 2021

In a Lonely Place (1950) Film Noir Film Talks

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) “I was born when I met you. I lived while I loved you. I died when you left me.” Hollywood “Rebels” Humphrey Bogart and director Nicholas Ray join up to make life confusing for star Gloria Grahame in the 1950 film noir melodrama, IN A LONELY PLACE. Dixon Steele (Bogart) is a Tinsel Town screenwriter with a mean temper and a pile of knuckle dust to show for it. As suspect number one in a…

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Detour (1945) Film Noir Film Talks

DETOUR (1945) “He was looking for love, but fate forced a…DETOUR!” If you’ve ever wondered if hitchhiking is safe, don’t look any further than the story of a ‘down-on-his-luck’ jazz pianist (Tom Neal) who is trying to find a way to get from New York City to the arms of his fiancé in Los Angeles. Along the way, he encounters one of the most vicious femme fatales in all of Film Noir, played by Ann Savage who has other plans…

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The Third Man (1949) Film Noir Film Talks

THE THIRD MAN (1949) Who is the 3rd Man?! Pulp novelist, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is dedicated to solving this mystery and discover what happened to his friend, Harry Lime! Set in Post-War Vienna, amidst the underground world of the black market, director Carol Reed’s adaptation of the novel by Graham Greene is frequently cited as one of the top 100 movies of all time. Starring an internationally renowned cast including Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles in one of…

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