Saturday, October 21 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
The Searchers

USA, John Ford, 1956, 119 min., English with French subtitles

Texas, 1868. Comanches attack the Edwards ranch, killing Aaron, his wife and his youngest son. Learning of the tragedy, Aaron’s brother, Ethan, leaves to find his two missing nieces, Lucy and Debbie, who disappeared after the attack. Soon, he is joined on his quest by Martin Pawley and Brad Jorgensen, Lucy’s fiancé. This film is widely considered to be Ford’s masterpiece. In 2008, the American Film Institute named it the greatest Western of all time.

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

Sunday, October 22 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Rio Bravo

USA, Howard Hawks, 1959, 141 min., English with French subtitles

 

A sheriff arrests the brother of the most powerful man in the area. His only allies against the army of killers amassing against him are a drunk deputy, an old man with a limp, a street urchin, a lady gambler and a Mexican innkeeper

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

 

Saturday, October 28 2017
14:00 - 15:43
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 43
In French
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
RED

RED

Canada, Gilles Carle, 1970, 103 min.

Restored version, presented in collaboration with Éléphant: mémoire du cinéma québécois

Film presented in substitution for Mustang

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5.00
VIP $4.00

Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

Sunday, October 29 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
In French
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Alias Will James

Canada, Jacques Godbout, 1988, 84 min., French with English subtitles

How does a dyed-in-the-wool Quebecer become a famous Western novelist and Hollywood’s most genuine cowboy? As Jacques Godbout has stated, “Will James is the greatest lesson in writing ever. It wasn’t enough for him to write novels, he had to write himself. His work was his way of saying to us, to Quebec, that America belongs to us.”

In the 1920s and 1930s, a Montana cowboy, husband of the lovely Miss Nevada, ex-convict, cattle rustler and possibly even a killer, became famous by penning twenty-six paperback novels, rife with detailed descriptions of ranch life in the American West and illustrated with magnificent images, also his creation. One of his books won the American literary prize for youth fiction, and at least two were adapted into Hollywood films, one of which starred Gregory Peck. Will James, this mythic figure idolized by Americans, hid a secret, which he asked his family to honour: that he was actually a French-Canadian, born in Saint-Nazaire-d’Acton, in the Montérégie region of Quebec, and that his real name was Ernest Dufault. He happens to have been uncle to the sports commentator Pierre Dufault. Will James died in 1942, at the age of fifty. 

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

 

 

Saturday, November 11 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
In English
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Reel Injun

Canada, Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond and Jeremiah Hayes, 2009, 88 min., English with French subtitles

A documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films, candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

Sunday, November 12 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
In French
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Maliglutit

Canada, Zacharias Kunuk, 2016, 94 min., Inuktitut with French subtitles

Inspired by John Ford’s 1956 Western The Searchers, Maliglutit tells a very different kind of revenge story, in which an Inuk man and his band of maliglutit (“followers”) set out across the barren Arctic in search of the marauders who have ransacked his home and kidnapped his wife. Like Ford’s film, Kunuk’s Maliglutit (Searchers) explores the repercussions of violence, asking whether these hunters have begun to act like those who have torn apart their family. Very unlike Ford, Kunuk questions not only the colonial ideology inherent in the Western genre, but also the possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. With a tale as timeless as the landscape in which it is set, Canada’s foremost Inuk filmmaker has provided us with another classic. 

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

 

Saturday, November 18 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Once upon a Time in the West

USA, Sergio Leone, 1968, 165 min., English with French subtitles

While he is preparing a welcome-home party for his new wife, Bet McBain is killed with his three children. Jill McBain shows up only to discover the slaughter and inherit her husband’s land. It is because of this land, soon to be criss-crossed by the railway, that the neighbour Morton killed Bet in the first place. But suspicion falls on a desperado just passing through… 

Once upon a Time in the West takes place during the Western expansion of the United States. It recreates the toxic rivalries and conflicts of interest aroused by the thirst for land claimed by the railroad. Making use of the various archetypes of the classical Western to convey character, the film also serves as a bridge, as unlikely as it might seem, between the Spaghetti and American Western. 

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

 

Sunday, November 19 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
The Wild Bunch

USA, Sam Peckinpah, 1969, 145 min., English with French subtitles

In southern Texas, Pike Bishop and his men get ready to attack the offices of a railway company, but Duke Thornton and his bounty hunters are lying in wait. A bloodbath is inevitable. 

The film, set on the Mexican-Texas border, tells the story of the last days of an ageing band of thieves trying to fit into the modern world where they no longer belong. Controversial for its violence, this film has been lauded for its dynamic and complex cinematography, its use of multiple angles, tight shots and slow motion, which in 1969, was revolutionary. 

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

Saturday, December 2 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Unforgiven

USA, Clint Eastwood, 1992, 131 min., English with French subtitles

Kansas, 1880. After a long and infamous career as a merciless assassin and raging alcoholic, Bill Munny put away his rifles for the love of a good woman, who has since passed on. He ekes out a living raising pigs on a farm that is little more than mud, his only companions his young children. One day, a wannabe outlaw calling himself the Scofield Kid comes around asking to partner up with the legendary gunslinger. The Kid wants to avenge the prostitutes of the town of Big Whiskey by wiping out two cowboys who disfigured one of the women, and then to share the thousand-dollar reward offered for doing the deed. Munny finally gives in, and heads off to visit his old pal, Ned Logan… 

 

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.

 

Sunday, December 3 2017
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Once upon a time ... The Western
Django Unchained

USA, Quentin Tarantino, 2012, 165 min., English with French subtitles

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, German-born bounty hunter and former dentist Dr. King Schultz frees a black slave named Django to help him hunt down three brothers wanted by authorities. Guided by the good doctor, Django also becomes a bounty hunter. Determined to find his wife, Broomhilda, the pair discover that she can be found on Calvin Candie’s plantation, where slaves are trained to battle each other for sport. Under the guise of negotiating the sale of a fighter, Django does everything he can to reunite with his wife. 

Reserved seating is available: You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service charges (per pass)
General public $5
VIP $4
Taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.