Series 1, October 1948 – May 1949

The Blue Angel

The Toronto Film Society, still know as The Toronto Film Study Group, launched it’s first screening series in Toronto on October 25, 1948. Over the course of 8 showings spanning from October to May of 1949, TFSG presented thoughtful programming at The Royal Ontario Museum Theatre to great success. Below is the complete list of films shown in Season 1, along with the original film notes provided to attending members.

Toronto Film Study Group

1948-1949 Series


1st Showing, October 25, 1948, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel (Germany 1930)

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Principals: Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich
Design: Otto Hunte
Supervision: Erich Pommer
Camera: Gunther Rittau and Hans Scheenberger
Script: Robert Liebmann and Karl Zuckmayer

Cyprus is an Island (Great Britain 1946)

Produced for the British Information Services by Greenpark Productions.


2nd Showing,  November 15, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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ivan-le-terrible-1944-03-gIvan the Terrible Part 1 (Mosfilm 1945, with English Subtitles)

Direction & Screenplay: Sergei Eisenstein
Camera: Edward Tisse and Moskvin
Music: Prokoffiev

Replacing a damaged print of Battleship Potemkin, were new documentaries new documentaries: Chinese Shadow Play (USA, 1947, colour) and Rhythm of Africa (Actualities Francaises, 1947).


3rd Showing, December 15th 1948, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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Plough that Broke the Plains (USA 1936) Source: University of Alberta

Produced by the United States Re-settlement Administration
Script & Direction: Pare Lorentz
Photography: Paul Strand and Ralph Steiner
Music: Virgil Thomson

Fiddle-De-Dee (Canada 1947) National Film Board, Canada

Director: Norman McLaren

Janosik (Czechoslovakia 1936) Source: J. Carreau, Montreal

Director: Mac Fric
Featuring: Palo Bielik, Zlata Hajdukova


4th Showing, January 24, 1949, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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Battleship Potemkin

Cadet Rouselle in French (Canada 1947) National Film Board

Director: Norman McLaren

La Poulette Grise in French (Canada 1947) National Film Board

Director: Norman McLaren

The World is Rich (England 1947) Source: NFS Ottawa

Production: Films of Fact Ltd. for the Central Office of Information
Produced and Directed: Paul Rotha
Production: Films of Fact Ltd. for the Central Office of Information
Produced and Directed: Paul Rotha
Associate Director: Michael Orron
Script: Arthur Calder-Marshall
Music: Clifton Pauler, Played by the Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Jenn Hollingsworth)
Maps and Charts: Isotype Institute
Spoken by: James McKennie, Valentine Dyall, Allan Michey, Robt.Adams, Elizabeth Cewell, Leonard Sachs, Roy Plomley

Potemkin (1925)

Direction and Scenario: Sergei Eisenstein
Assistant Direct0r:  G.VAlexandrev
Photography: Edward Tisse
Cast: Sailors of the Red Navy; citizens of Odessa; members of the Prolecult Theatre


5th Showing, February 21st 1949, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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Charlie Chaplin in The Cure (USA 1917) Source: NFS Ottawa

Papegeno (Germany 1935) Source: NFS Ottawa

Director: Lotte Reiniger

Film and Reality (Great Britain 1942) Source: NFS Ottawa

Produced by the National Film Library, London
Extracts selected by Alberto Cavalcanti, assembled by Ernest Lindgren


6th Showing, March 6th, 1949, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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Boundary Lines (USA l947) Kodachrome 10 minutes Source: Toronto Public Library

Produced by International Film Foundation
Written and directed: Philip Stapp
Music: Gene Forrell

Steel (Great Britain 1948) Technicolor Source: NFS Ottawa

Produced by Film Producers Guild for the British Council
Written and Directed: Ronald H.Biley
Associate Producer: A. Frank Bundy
Music: Dr.Clifford with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson
Photography: Jack Cardiff
Commentary: John Laurie

Hue and Cry (Great Britain 1948) 76 minutes Source: J. Arthur Rank 16 mm Ltd.

Produced by Michael Saloon for Ealing Studios
Directed by Charles Crichton
Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke
Music composed by Georges Auric played by the London Philharmonic
Orchestra directed by Ernest Irving
Director of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Cast: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Valerie White and “The Blood and Thunder Boys.”

7th Showing, April 25th, 1949, 8:15 pm
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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Sweeney Steps Out (USA 1942) 10 minutes Source: N.Y. Museum of Modern Art

Produced by Film.Associates, Inc.
Directed by Joseph Krumgold
Edited by Henwar Rodakiewicz

Private Life of a Cat  (USA 1947) SO minutes Source: NFS Ottawa

Produced by Alexander Hammid
Original Music by Gene Forrell
Commentator: Maya Deren

A Study in Choreography for Camera (USA l945) 5 minutes · Silent

By Maya Deren and Talley Beatty

At Land (USA l944) 16 minutes Silent

Conceived and Directed by Maya Deren
Technical Assistance by Hella Hayman and Alexander Hammid
The Central Figure played by Maya Deren

Kameradschaft (Germany 1951) with English titles 85 minutes Source: Canadian Film Archives, NFS Ottawa

Director: G. W. Pabst


8th Showing May 30th, 1949
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre

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Racconto Da Un Affresco (Italy 1946) 10 Minutes Source: N.Y. Museum of Modern Art

Written and directed by Luciano Emmer and Enrico Gras

Zero de Conduite (France IQZZ) 50 Minutes Source in New York

(Note: this version is shorter than the original by about 10 Minutes)

Director and Script: Jean Vigo
Camera: Boris Kaufmann

Dots and Loops Colour (National Film Board of Canada l948) 3 Minutes

Director and Artist: Norman McLaren

A Nous la Liberte (France 1931) 88 Minutes Source: N.Y. Museum of Modern Art

Script and director: Rene Clair
Music: Georges Auric
Camera: Georges Perinal
Cast: Henri Marchand, Raymond Cordy, Ollivier, Germaine Aussey, Rolla France
Decors: Meerson

 

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