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Cinema Salon: Broadcast News

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James L Brooks’ 1987 comedy is a fascinating, witty glimpse of TV news 35 years ago through the hectic lives of three journalists at a Washington DC network: diligent, intelligent reporter Aaron (Albert Brooks) is best friends with his producer, Jane (Holly Hunter), who is serious, exceptionally driven and who is herself perplexed to realize she has a crush on a new anchor, Tom (William Hurt), who is ambitious, handsome, and dim. Aaron is appalled…

Brooks (creator of The Simpsons) uses this romantic triangle to comment on what he correctly diagnosed as declining news standards at the networks in the Reagan era. Pin-sharp dialogue gives this great film its punch.

Guest Presenter: Marsha Lederman (Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail)

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Cinema Salon is VIFF Vancity Theatre’s longest running series, almost as old as our cinema itself! Host Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to present a favourite film of their choosing. The evening begins with an introduction to the movie, and our guest will stay to lead a discussion with the audience after the show.


James L. Brooks


Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Joan Cusack, Lois Chiles, Jack Nicholson

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133 min

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Guest Presenter

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Marsha Lederman

Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail and the author of the recently published memoir “Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed.” Born and raised in Toronto, she has lived in Vancouver since 2007.

Marsha will be signing copies of her new book, Kiss The Red Stairs, after the screening in the atrium.


Executive Producer

Polly Platt


James L. Brooks


James L. Brooks


Michael Ballhaus


Richard Marks

Original Music

Bill Conti

Production Design

Charles Rosen