The Westdale Film Talks

We love the art of filmmaking at The Westdale! Since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people watch movies, we have produced dozens of Film Talks online. We ask you to watch a film on your own and then experience the film talk about learning about the film’s history and the filmmaking process.

Get in the holiday spirit with Fred Fuchs as we explore Classic Christmas Comedies!

Fred is an independent film & television producer focusing on the development, financing, and production of films and television series for international audiences. He spent 20 years living and working in California, 10 years as the President of American Zoetrope Studios and was Executive Producer of 17 feature films including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan De Marco, The Virgin Suicides and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. He was the Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC in Toronto where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of major television series. Current feature projects include: LITTLE ITALY, MONKEY BEACH, THE VIRTUOSO, and MILTON’S SECRET.

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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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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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