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TIFF Cinematheque: Dreaming in Technicolor

The summer blockbuster movie season is made up of one special effects behemoth after another. From Avengers to Terminator,  the summer gets stock piled with the biggest and loudest. As always, TIFF offers something decidedly different yet relevant and entertaining, a look into that past that is reliably satisfying and provoking, while instilled with something new as well.

Throughout the summer months, TIFF Cinematheque is celebrating 100 years of Technicolor with a slew of classic films and age-defining blockbusters. The showcase extends back to The Wizard of Oz and delves through the decades up to the seventies, touching on the notable and nostalgic. The retrospective is underway and runs through the August 13, concluding with the 1939 war epic The Four Feathers.

Here are some of the noteworthy films you can catch now through the end of the run.

Apocalypse Now Redux – Sunday, July 26, 5:30 p.m.

One of the most captivating and powerful war movies, Apocalypse Now follows a descent into madness amid the Vietnam War. Redux, the extended version, offers nearly an hour more footage, as we follow Martin Sheen’s Captain Willard on a harrowing journey to find Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) in what has become a widely-acclaimed flagpole of filmmaking. Of course Hearts of Darkness, the doc chronicling the making the of the film, was just as great if not better.

Rear Window – Saturday, July 25, 3:30 p.m.

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most well-regarded and beloved thrillers, Rear Window has been lauded and replicated time and time again. James Stewart stars as a wheelchair-bound photographer, who uses his time recovering to peer through his back window at the world outside. He becomes obsessed with what he sees and doesn’t know fully, descending into a void of curiosity and paranoia from which there is seems to be no escape.

The River – Saturday, August 1, 3 p.m.

Shown here in restored 35mm print, The River follows life along the Ganges for a trio of young women. Jean Renoir directs this 1951 classic dabbles in love and heartbreak, fascination and affair, and has served as inspiration for future acclaimed directors such as Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson.

The African Queen – Sunday, August 2, 1 p.m.

This 1951 film from John Huston is one of the first significant star-studded adventure films, ones made up of captivating characters that so many today try to emulate. Humphrey Bogart is a gritty captain and hero, while Katharine Hepburn is the pious missionary sent on a journey amid the onset of World War I. The classic saw Bogart win an Academy Award, and see its way into many superlative American Film Institute lists.

The Godfather – Sunday, August 2, 6 p.m.

Francis Ford Coppola’s mob epic stands the test of time and stands on its own, an award-winning film a part of any cinematic canon. The three-hour drama is always worth visiting, from any starting point, and on any format. A chance to see it in a crowded theatre on the big screen though, is a rare one.

Anthony Marcusa

A pop-culture consumer, Anthony seeks out what is important in entertainment and mocks what is not. Inspired by history, Anthony writes with the hope that someone, somewhere, might be affected.