Path Alias: 


(1979, 96 mins, 35mm)
CAST Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep
Classification: 19+
Introduced by film scholar Michael van den Bos.


Jul 27 07:45 pm

Described by Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice as "the one truly great American film of the ’70s," Manhattan was the movie where everything fell into place for Woody Allen, the triumphant crystallization of his cinematic style, sensibility and philosophy. Today, 35 years later, it remains for many, perhaps even most people, his greatest achievement and his most beloved film.

Allen plays Isaac Davis, a TV writer who dreams of becoming a heavyweight author. He is obsessed in roughly equal measures with himself and New York. A hopeless, but somehowas always with Allenserially successful romantic, Isaac is coping with divorce from his waspish WASP wife Jill (Meryl Streep), while being torn between two lovers, one the innocent and adoring teenager Tracy (Mariel Hemingway)obsessive Woody-watchers will note the clear Soon-Yi early warning signsand the other, Mary (Diane Keaton), the sometime lover of his best pal Yale (Michael Murphy).

In the famous opening sequence, accompanied by Isaac’s stuttering tribute and the strains of Gershwin’s ’Rhapsody in Blue’, the New York cityscape is captured by cinematographer Gordon Willis (renowned for, among other things, his work on the Godfather films) in a stunning black-and-white montage and has rarely looked so good.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

(2008, 96 mins, 35mm)
CAST Scarlett Johansson,Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Patricia Clarkson
Classification: 19+
Introduced by film scholar Michael van den Bos.


Two young American friends, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are spending the summer in Barcelona. Vicky has a fiancé back home. She’s all about getting down to work on her research. Cristina is quite different. She prefers to take life as it comes. She’s looking for a good time and hasn’t thought twice about tomorrow.

Enter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a famous Spanish artist who has been gracing the gossip pages after a painful separation from Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). He approaches the girls at a restaurant one night, flirts with them, and invites them to accompany him on a trip out of town for the weekend. What does he have in mind? Some good food and wine, some art, and, hopefully, sex, he says. Vicky is appalled, but there’s no way Cristina isn’t going – even when it turns out Juan Antonio means to fly them that very night in his own light aircraft.

If the characters start off as easily identifiable “types”the Latin lover; the crazy womanthey quickly take on more depth. Allen responds to Barcelona with the same romantic enthusiasm he once found in New Yorkit’s touristic, yes, but then so are Vicky and Cristina. Hall and Johansson are dominated by knockout performances from Bardem (softly softly) and Cruz (all guns blazing), but again, that makes sense: these characters are still young and unformed. At its best, the movie resembles one of Eric Rohmer’s sensual, sentimental educations, but with a more farcical, Almodovarian sense of humour.

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona trips along winningly, carried by the beauty of its locations and stars - and all the gauzy romanticism those enchanted places and people imply."Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"The actors are attractive, the city is magnificent, the love scenes don’t get all sweaty, and everybody finishes the summer a little wiser and with a lifetime of memories. What more could you ask?"Roger Ebert

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: A Midsummer Night's Dream

(2014, 182 mins, DCP)
CAST John Light, Michelle Terry, Huss Garbiya, Tala Gouveia, Tom Lawrence, Christopher Logan, Molly Logan, Sarah MacRae, Fergal McElherron, Edward Peel, Pearce Quigley, Stephanie Racine, Olivia Ross, Joshua Silver, Matthew Tennyson, Luke Thompson
Classification: G
Special ticket prices apply.


Bringing the pinnacle of English theatre to cinema audiences around the world, Globe on Screen presents brand new productions of Shakespeare’s plays presented in the famous Globe theatre in London, recreating the space and audience experience the Bard would have envisaged.

Shakespeare’s teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive A Midsummer Night’s Dream showcases some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry with its seriousness only fleetingly glimpsed beneath the dreamlike surface.

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetriusbut Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia ... When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.

About the Globe Theatre

Based at London’s unique riverside home of Shakespeare & dating back to 1599, the new Globe re-opened in 1997, founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker & is now a unique international resource dedicated to exploring Shakespeare’s work in the most authentic environment possible.

"The Globe at its crowdpleasing best ... Hilarious and hearty."Time Out London

Video Games: The Movie

(2014, 105 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Nolan Bushnell, Kudo Tsunoda, Ernest Cline, Wil Wheaton, Frank Gibaud
Classification: PG


Jul 24 08:40 pm

A short history of the video game, from Pong and Space Invaders through Super Mario Bros and Zelda to Call of Duty, Halo and GTA. Featuring a Who’s Who of video game pioneers, this nifty, celebratory doc traces the evolution of a whole new form of interactive entertainment, the consoles, the joysticks, the bits and the bytes. Along the way it slays more then a few lazy stereotypes about what games and gamers are really like.

Cinesonika 4

(90 mins)


The Fourth International Festival of Innovative Sound Design

The theme of this international film festival to celebrate the soundtrack. Usually cinema culture fixates on movie stars, or captivating imagery, or the literary qualities of screenplays. Sound tends to be relatively unvalorized in moving-image making. The intent of CINESONIKA is to give attention to innovative work in the creation of film and video soundtracks, and to give due credit to the importance of audio in audiovisual media.

CINESONIKA 4 will showcase international works of film and video with fascinating soundtracks, idiosyncratic sound design, eclectic scoring and innovative approaches to the sound-image relationship. Comprised mostly of shorts, films will be presented in a series of programs: Documentary & Narrative, Animation, and Experimental. 

Films free to Vancity Theatre members. Membership cards must be shown at the door, or you will be asked to purchase a membership. (Annual membership: $12 comes with a free movie voucher worth $11.)

Schedule of Events

There will be three programs:

Experimental (94 minutes), 6pm

Animation (90 minutes), 8pm

Documentary & Narrative (93 minutes), 10pm

More information

Super Duper Alice Cooper

(2014, 86 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Alice Cooper, Shep Gordon, Dennis Dunaway, Sheryl Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Neal Smith


Jul 28 08:30 pm

School’s out for summer, and son of a preacher man Vincent Furnier (better known as the rock n roll icon Alice Cooper) would like to remind you that there’s more to life than grades, grad and grind. Like sex, drugs and grand guignol, for example.

This portrait of the maestro of 70s shock rock serves eqaully well as a primer for Alice initiates and as a waltz down memory lane for the die-hard fan. Drawing on an apposite Jeckyll and Hyde analogy, the trio of Canadian filmmakers suggest how Furnier consciously and cleverly manipulated his theatrical image, and the considerable excesses that made his a particularly rocky road. Alice/Vincent himself, though, seems an utterly amiable guide, and never one to take himself too seriously.

The Beautiful Game: Maradona by Kusturica

(2008, 90 mins, DVD)
In English, Spanish, Serbo-Croat, Italian with English subtitles
FEATURING Diego Maradona, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Emir Kusturica, Ernesto Cantu
Classification: 19+


"The Sex Pistol of footballers," is how renowned director Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies; Underground; Black Cat White Cat) describes Diego Maradona: sporting hero, people’s champion, fallen idol and inspiration to millions. Enjoying unprecedented access to the man himself, as well as to extensive archives, Kusturica takes the audience on an intimate whirlwind tour of places and people closest to this god of football. From Argentina to Naples, from Cuba to Barcelona; from family and childhood friends to fellow players and world leaders (Fidel Castro), Maradona by Kusturica traces the great man’s incredible story, from the humblest of beginnings to world-domination; from spectacular, tragic fall to glorious rebirth.

Punk, political and exuberant , featuring an original score from Manu Chao, Maradona by Kusturica is both a unique documentation of a growing friendship between the director and his subject and a passionate exultation of a true legend of our times.


(1973, 89 mins, 35mm)
CAST Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Classification: 19+
Introduced by film scholar Michael van den Bos.


In 1973, health food store owner Miles Munroe (Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles’ sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother’s body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a Brave New World of deadening conformity, ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen Leader. Miles is forced to flee for his life when the scientistsactually a group of revolutionary activistsare overpowered by the Leader’s police. He eludes the cops by pretending to be an android, and in this guise is sent to work at the home of Luna (Diane Keaton), a composer of greeting cards who thinks that the world of the future is perfect as it stands.

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

(1982, 88 mins, 35mm)
CAST Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jose Ferrer, Mary Steenburgen, Julie Hagerty, Tony Roberts
Classification: 19+
Introduced by film scholar Michael van den Bos.


For the summer installment of our four-part Woody Allen cycle, one of the warmest and most purely enjoyable films from his mid-career peak. Inspired by his love for Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night (but shot in ravishing colour by the late, great Gordon Willis) this ensemble romantic comedy keeps the period country house setting but reduces the characters to six: two medical swingers, an elderly academic and his much younger fiancée, and a long-married couple whose sex-life has ground to a halt. Allen, of course, plays the frustrated husband (he redirects his energies towards inventing flying bicycles, astral lamps and the like), and gives himself nearly all the funny lines. He spends the rest of the movie satirising the men and adoring the changing moods of the women (including, for the first time, Mia Farrow). Reviewers at the time felt it was light bordering on slight, but today we’re more likely to savour the movie’s warm, romantic and old-fashioned elegance and wit.

"A small treasure."Jeffery M Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Jules et Jim

(1962, 105 mins, DCP)
CAST Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Classification: 19+
Presented by Alan Twigg


Released at the height of the French New Wave explosion, Truffaut’s best known film is a love letter to the cinema. Two young men, Jules and Jim, meet in Paris in 1912 and become the best of friends. They share everything from books to women until they meet Catherine, played by Jeanne Moreau in the role which launched her into international fame. The passion they all share and their whirlwind, Bohemian life ends with World War I and attempts to cope after the war lead to tragedy.

Alan Twigg has written seventeen books and produced six television documentaries, dozens of award ceremonies and literary events, two university symposia and a music CD for poet and activist Bud Osborn. He is the publisher/owner of B.C. BookWorld, Canada’s largest circulation independent publication about books, founded in 1987, and he founded and manages a public service reference site for and about more than 10,000 B.C. authors. He also plays soccer.