The Hart of London

Canada 1970. Dir: Jack Chambers. 79 min. 16mm

“One of the few GREAT films of all cinema.”

FREE ADMISSION! | Jack Chambers’s feature-length experiment in “perceptual realism” combines newsreels, found photography, and original footage. A native of London, Ontario, Chambers (1931-1978) was renowned as a painter before he made films; he completed six, the last being his masterpiece The Hart of London, begun the year he was diagnosed with leukemia. “It's a film of startling juxtapositions that seems to be speaking to elemental issues of life and death, yet it also manages to interweave five or six grand themes and let the viewer feel that they are logically interrelated” (Fred Camper, Chicago Reader). Chief among these themes is our alienation from nature, evoked in the opening footage of the capture and killing of a deer that had wandered into London and reprised in every major scene thereafter as one of the costs of civilization.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7pm on Wednesday, August 2. For more information, call 604.688.8202.