VIFC heads up: Malick, Lynch, Rossellini, etc.

It has only been open for a few months, but I am really beginning to like the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver Int’l Film Centre.

The schedules there are a tad erratic, with films frequently paired together that have nothing to do with each other — tonight’s double-bill, if you can call it that, was an excellent adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1967) and a documentary on same-sex marriage and pot legalization called Escape to Canada (2005) — but I’ve caught a number of interesting items there the last few weeks, including all of last year’s Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films, the editing documentary Edge Codes (2004), and a couple of mildly risqué 1930s flicks directed by Alfred E. Green, namely The Dark Horse (1932), a hilarious political satire co-starring Bette Davis, and Baby Face (1933), which stars Barbra Stanwyck as a poor gal who sleeps her way to the top; one of her conquests is a young John Wayne.

Tonight, I picked up their newest program, and noticed that they will be running a retrospective of Terrence Malick’s films — including the shorter, 135-minute version of The New World which I have not yet seen — in mid-July. So it looks like I still have a chance to see it on the big screen after all! And while I didn’t care for The Thin Red Line all that much both times I saw it circa 1998, it will be good to give Badlands (1973) and especially Days of Heaven (1978) another look — and on the big screen, for once.

Other upcoming items that are worth noting, some of which I have seen before, and a few of which I have not:

  1. David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) — June 9-15
  2. Dennis Hopper’s Out of the Blue (1980), filmed in Vancouver — June 12-13
  3. Roberto Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) and Guy Maddin’s My Dad is 100 Years Old (2005), starring Rossellini’s daughter Isabella — June 26-29
  4. Blaine Thurier’s Male Fantasy (2004), featuring a cameo by my sister Monica — August 6
  5. Powell & Pressburger’s The Red Shoes (1948) — August 11-17

And, of course, many other items as well. An exhaustive list of the upcoming films for the next couple months is available here.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).