SATURDAY, March 31
0730 It was the toast of this year's Academy Awards. The Artist won five Oscars. And it did this with virtually no spoken dialogue. That prompted Thom Ernst, host of TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies, to produce HIS list of films from the silent era that are worth watching. Thom joined guest host Karen Gordon to share his picks and offer his thoughts on the allure of silent movies.
Listen (runs 11:52)
There's always a great film (or two...or three) on Thom's show---check the Saturday Night At the Movies website for listings.
The Toronto Silent Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 3. You can learn more at the Festival's website.
Thom's Top Five Silent Flicks
1/ Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927): A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.
2/ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928): A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
3/ The Gold Rush (1925): The Little Tramp at the Klondike Gold Rush (but really any of the first 5 Charlie Chaplin features will work)
4/ Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) It's laugh-vacation time as Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike! NOTE: Not officially silent, but Jacques Tati does pantomime throughout.
5/ Sherlock Jr. (1924) A film projectionist (Buster Keaton) longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
0800 You have to be an optimist to be a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team has now missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for seven seasons in a row.
Kevin Shea has always rooted for the Leafs. He's even written books about the team, including Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957-1967. Kevin joined Karen to talk about the challenges of remaining loyal to the Blue and White.
Listen (runs 00:00)
The audio for this item will be posted later in the week.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957-1967 is published by Firefly Books.
Visit Kevin's website to learn more about his MANY hockey books.
0830 The film is called One Calm Hour. It shows how a one hour drumming and music session has changed the lives of people in the the locked, in-patient schizophrenia unit at Toronto's Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. Norm Lofts is the filmmaker responsible. He joined Karen, as did the two people responsible for creating the programme--- CAMH recreational therapist Nicole Chudzinski, and composer, musician and drummer Nicholas Stirling.
Listen (runs 12:01)
The monies raised by showings and sales of the film will be used to buy instruments for this music programme at CAMH. You can learn more at the CAMH website.
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