The Edmonton Film Society president Taras Ostashewsky is very excited for the group’s fall season, Favourite Films Forever.
He loves Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, as well as All About Eve, but the season has some sleepers too.
“The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is an overlooked romance,” Ostashewsky says. “It is slightly fantastical but the way it is dealt with is very plausible within the film. It’s one of those movies that strikes you in the heart and you go with it and just love it.”
It isn’t the society simply picking their favourite films though. They can’t all just be Weekend at Bernie’s marathons.
“You have to consider that you are actually playing for an audience,” he explains. “You do have to get people through the door. Opening the doors at the museum costs us money. Also, you are kind of at the mercy of what is available and what is in print.”
With the digital age upon us, actual film is hard to come by. Ostashewsky points out that as a Society, some think that they have every film ever made at their disposal. This is not so. “People do put forward movies and lo and behold, they aren’t available. Sometimes you just sit there and think wow, how can that be?”
With that said, there is still a glut of great films that can be shown. The season starts with North by Northwest on Sept. 12, followed by a Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon classic The Fortune Cookie on Sept. 19, All About Eve on Sept. 26, Bringing Up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn on Oct. 3, Ninotchka with idols Greta Garbo and Bela Lugosi on Oct. 17, Oscar winner from 1964 Father Goose on Oct. 24, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir on Halloween, and the Hitchcock staple Vertigo on Nov. 7.