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A Resnais film (La Guerre est Finie) followed by socializing at a local restaurant

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A Resnais film (La Guerre est Finie) followed by socializing at a local restaurant

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You are welcome to join me in watching the following film at the Cinematheque in Vancouver (Friday Dec 30). The film begins at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The box office opens at 5:30pm. Following the movie we can adjourn to Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria on Davie and continue to enjoy one another’s company. With current concerns about far-right movements and their alternatives in our own day and the choices of response that each of us face in relation to the political, Resnais’ film seems apropos. Resnais 100 La guerre est finie The War Is Over France1966 Alain Resnais 121 DCP “So far above the other thriller films that comparison would be foolish.” Bosley Crowther, New York Times One of the more neglected but no less essential works in Alain Resnais’s iconic ​’60s output, this engrossing political thriller is enjoying renewed attention thanks to a restoration timed for centennial celebrations worldwide. Yves Montand, in the ​“greatest performance of his career” (James Quandt), stars as a world-weary Spanish revolutionary in Paris, living in exile and showing signs of fatigue in his tireless crusade to overthrow the fascist dictatorship in his country. His involvement with two ideologically opposed women—a student radical in an anti-Franco terrorist underground, and his former mistress, who wants nothing to do with politics—offers paths leading either deeper into or out of the cause. Withdrawn from Cannes competition in 1966 for fear of offending the Franco regime, La guerre est finie would go on to win France’s prestigious Prix Louis Delluc. Spanish screenwriter and activist Jorge Semprún (Z), himself an exile in Paris, was Oscar nominated for his script. “Extraordinarily excellent … In some ways the most satisfying movie Resnais has made.” Andrew Sarris “A film of intelligence, honesty, and beauty by one of the masters of the modern cinema.” Ginette Billard, Film Quarterly “A landmark film.” Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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James

Looking forward to this. Saw Renais' Je t'aime je t'aime earlier this week, and have seen Hiroshima mon amour more than once in times gone past. See you all tomorrow!

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Peter

Lee, Thanks so much for organizing this event. Good movie, and a wonderful discussion afterwards at the restaurant. Very much enjoyed the whole event.

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Lee

See you tomorrow James!

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Mark

Thanks Lee.Looks really interesting and The Cinematique is one of my favorite theatres. A buddy almost convinced me to volunteer with him there a few years ago. On a side note their Film Noir Festival in August is great. Here's a link to last years fest. https://thecinematheque.ca/series/film-noir-2022

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Laara

I hope I get a ticket at 5:30 when doors open. I looked at getting it earlier but they seem to be all closed up for the holidays....not answering the phone anyway.

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Lee

Hey Laara. The theatre is, typically, far from full. It will be fine. See you soon!

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Lee

Thanks everyone for an enjoyable evening.

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Mark

Thanks Lee. It made me more curious to look up this lil bit of history I knew very little about. I cut out after the movie and hope the rest of the evening was great. Happy New Year All!

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Lee

Yeah…I volunteered at DOXA this year and enjoyed helping out. Glad you’re coming…it’ll be nice to see you again.

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Peter

Thank you Lee, will see you there.

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Lee

No worries, Susan. Hope you feel better.

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Susan

Hi, Lee I am not feeling well so I won't be able to attend today. Sorry for the last-minute cancellation. I was hoping to feel better by this afternoon. Enjoy the movie!

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Lily

Thanks for organizing this event Lee. Good movie and great conversations afterwards!

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Kathy

Thanks for organizing this event Lee. Great to be reintroduced to this unique cinema. I enjoyed the film and interesting conversation after.

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Peter

Hi Lee, are we to meetup first and get the tickets, or to watch the movie and then meet up afterwards. And is there a specific area that we would meet? Thanks.

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Lee

Hey Peter. The box office opens at 5:30 so tickets can be purchased anytime between 5:30 and 6pm. I’ll be there by 5:45 at the latest. It is a small theatre so it won’t be difficult to find one another.

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