THIS APRIL- The Paradise is going back to basics with nine films that tell thee story of our founding decade: the drama, the depression, and the design. The Paradise Presents DIRTY DECO: an aesthetic journey through the 1930s. From subversive pre-code productions, to later works that recapture the sordid underbelly of the era from a contemporary political lens- all through the sheen of glorious art deco. Step back in time and join us in Paradise as we travel back to the dirty decade...
A DAZZLING MOVIE. We are thrilled to present the stunning new 4K restoration of Bernardo Bertolucci's 1970 masterpiece at the Paradise. A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident in THE CONFORMIST!
In Mussolini's Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode – and murder – joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working class hall. But those are only a few of this political thriller's anthology pieces, others including Trintignant's honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim's hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Minerva Pictures under the supervision of Fondazione Bernardo Bertolucci.
(Courtesy of Kino Lorber)
Monday April 3rd, 8:00 PM/7:30 PM Doors
Door tickets are available for purchase on the day of screening. Refunds can be requested up to 12 hours before the screening. All refunds must be requested and processed through eventbrite.
Looking for more deco? These films pair perfectly with our newly reopened Bar Biltmore! Join us Thursdays through Saturdays in our intimate narrow speakeasy-style bar accented with antique brass and Art Deco patterned tiles. Bespoke leather stools and cushions beside our wide windows offer luxuriant spots to sit, chat, and drink. The seasonal outdoor patio balcony overlooks Bloor Street West and our landmark Paradise sign. The views towards downtown and the crisp design make this cocktail bar the perfect place for a drink before a dinner, a show, or an intimate setting for a raucous celebration lasting until the small hours. Visit barbiltmore.com to reserve a table!