The so-called “Notorious RBG,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has developed a trailblazing legal legacy while becoming an unexpected internet icon. From filmmakers Betsy White and Julie Cohen, this Sundance hit chronicles Ginsburg’s extraordinary life and career—from her early legal battles for gender equality and her work with the ACLU, to her unlikely rise to the head of the Supreme Court. Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg, and more, RBG offers an unprecedented glimpse at what makes Ginsburg a cultural icon, feminist crusader and history maker.
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Oftentimes when we remember our great heroes, we can gloss over important chapters of their story in order to create mythological narratives. In Sara Driver’s remarkable documentary Boom for Real, she details the pivotal years that preceded legendary American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s fame. A dazzling record of New York City's art world during the late 70s and 80s, discover how the magnetic Basquiat developed into a cultural icon.
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Thursday, April 26 at 7:30pm, ESC and Alliance Française present in collaboration L'Estonie au Cinéma: Seenelkäik (Mushrooming, 2012). The film will be screened at Alliance Française (24 Spadina Rd.).
In Estonian with English subtitles.
No admission fee.
t. 416 925 9405
Exhibition on Screen: Experience the work of masters in exhibitions around the world.
Discover the visionary work of 19th century master Paul Cézanne. While underrated amongst his contemporaries, the French artist's genius is on full display in a vital new exhibition in Paris and London where his stunning portrait work takes center stage. Experts from the MoMA, Musée d’Orsay, National Portrait Gallery London and the National Gallery of Washington offer insight into his distinct techniques and vision, revealing the man's life and philosophy on the art of painting.
Founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, Magnum Photos is an elite photo cooperative that has produced some of the most memorable images of our times. On its 70th anniversary, Cinema Through the Eye of Magnumchronicles the agency’s unique relationship with the world of film. Over the decades, Magnum’s on set photography has immortalized such classics as Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious and countless stars including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Winslet.
50 years after the Spring 1968 revolutions shook the world, In the Intense Now immerses us in the uprisings as they unfolded in Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. Brilliantly weaving documentary newsreel, on the ground archives, and stunning home footage, Brazilian director João Moreira Salles crafts a profound meditation on a seismic historical event that resonates deeply in our present moment.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
At the turn of the 19th century, visionary Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright) created rhapsodies in steel, iron and brick.
Nine years after the financial crisis has brought the economy to the brink of collapse, a rag-tag band of investors feverishly seek out high-return investments in the booming global markets—and find a goldmine in China. But the discovery of a massive web of fraud threatens to call the whole system into question. A riveting post-Recession heist story, Jed Rothstein’s eye-opening exposé rings the alarm on the need for transparency in an increasingly deregulated financial world.
German artist and activist Joseph Beuys was a provocateur who smashed through the creative barriers of the 1960s. Believing in the power of art to change to world, Beuys saw the creative act as both a political and personal gesture—channeling his revolutionary vision through installations, performance pieces and “happenings” that are still talked about to this day. Thirty years after his death, Beuys takes a fascinating and unconventional look at his life, work and legacy.
In German and English with English subtitles